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Graduate courses

Departments' graduate courses for PhD-students.

  Study programme, year:  1 2

Study programme syllabus for
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2016-02-15 by Dean of Education

Entry requirements:

General entry requirements:

Basic eligibility for advanced level


Specific entry requirements:


English proficiency:

An applicant to a programme or course with English as language of instruction must prove a sufficient level of English language proficiency. The requirement is the Swedish upper secondary school English course 6 or B, or equivalent. For information on other ways of fulfilling the English language requirement please visit Chalmers web site.


Undergraduate profile:

Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Chemical Engineering with Physics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Mathematics or Mathematics.



Mathematics (at least 30 cr.) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Fourier analysis), Mechanics, Electromagnetic field theory and Quantum physics.

General organization:


Understanding the basic laws of physics has been a challenging problem since the birth of
modern science. It is of great intrinsic interest and also forms the basis of other branches
of science. Trying to probe the smallest structures of matter, and the largest structures
of the Universe, drives the development of new technologies.

The aim of this master's programme is that the student acquires a broad knowledge of
theoretical and experimental aspects of frontline physics and astronomy, and the necessary
mathematical techniques relevant to the study of the fundamental laws of nature.
Through the choice of elective courses it is possible to specialize in theoretical
and/or experimental aspects of particle physics, subatomic physics or astrophysics.

The student will be trained in abstract problem solving and advanced experimental techniques.
These skills, together with further development of project, collaboration and presentation
skills, are highly valued in the academy, industry and the society at large.

Graduates of the programme will be able to:

- pursue PhD studies in theoretical physics, experimental physics,astronomy and
related fields

- work as research and development engineers in industries

- work as engineers with science or applications for national and international
research organisations and government authorities.


Learning outcome:

After completion of this programme, the student should

1) have acquired a good knowledge of general and basic aspects of physics and being
able to use mathematics to model and analyse physical phenomena.

2) have acquired a more specialized knowledge in a chosen subfield of physics and astronomy,
in particular through the Master's thesis. This should be at a depth that is sufficient
for attacking problems that arise in some area of current research.

3) depending on whether a theoretical or experimental track is chosen, be able to
construct mathematical models that capture essential aspects of physical phenomena or
design and conduct experiments that efficiently investigate some aspects of
physics and astronomy. In both cases, this includes being able to critically examine
the consistence and domain of validity of the procedure chosen and understanding its
relative merits when compared to possible alternatives.

4) be experienced in scientific communication. This includes using the existing
scientific literature in an efficient way, writing scientific articles and other
types of reports, as well as giving both informal and formal oral presentations of
various kinds.

5) master the skills necessary for continued individual studies and research in the
field of physics and astronomy, and related areas. Important aspects of this includes
being able to work on projects both alone and in larger collaborations.
The student should also be able to critically assess the potential of a
proposed project, its degree of complexity and its relevance within a broader context.


Extent: 120.0 c



The programme ends with a master's thesis (30 higher education credits),
where the students apply their knowledge, practice writing a technical/scientific report,
and also present their results orally. The project should deal with a clearly defined
topic within the area of physics or astronomy and can be carried out at Chalmers,
at another university or research institute, or in industry.

There is a possibility to carry out an extended master's thesis project (60 credits)
with a clear research orientation. Compared to a 30 credits thesis, the requirements of
the students are here significantly higher: the goal is to produce results good enough
to be presented at international conferences or journals.


Courses valid the academic year 2017/2018:

See study programme

 Degree requirements:
  Degree of master of science (120 credits):
Passed courses comprising 120 credits
Passed advanced level courses (including degree project) comprising at least 90 credits
Degree project 30 credits
Advanced level courses passed at Chalmers comprising at least 45 credits
Courses (including degree project) within a major main subject 60 credits
Fulfilled course requirements according to the study programme
The prior award of a Bachelors degree, Bachelors degree in fine arts, professional or vocational qualification of at least 180 credits or a corresponding qualification from abroad.

See also the system of qualifications

Title of degree:

Master of Science (120 credits). The name of the Master's programme and the major subject Engineering Physics are stated in the degree certificate. Specializations and tracks are not stated.


Major subject:

Engineering Physics


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