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Study programme syllabus for
MPPHS - PHYSICS, MSC PROGR Academic year: 2020/2021
Associated to: TKTFY
The Study programme syllabus is adopted 2019-02-18 by Dean of Education and is valid for students starting the programme the academic year 2020/2021
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, Electrical Engineering, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or the equivalent



Mathematics (at least 30 cr.), Quantum Physics and Solid State Physics

General organization:


This program prepares students for a career in the private and public sector, both nationally and internationally. This is done through a deep understanding in areas of physics that forms the basis of the high-tech solutions for today's and tomorrow's challenges. The program is intended for students with a strong interest in theoretical, computational and/or experimental aspects of physics. The program promotes creative and critical thinking, as well as problem-solving and technical skills well-grounded in the basic principles of physics.


Learning outcome:

After completing the Master of Science program in physics, the students should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

1. Knowledge and understanding
1.1. be able to explain general aspects of physics and use mathematics to model and analyze physical phenomena
1.2. be able to identify and explain physical phenomena that are integral to applications of physics in engineering and natural sciences
1.3. be able to select or construct models of physical observations and make quantitative predictions based on them through advanced mathematical and computational skills
1.4. be able to select and evaluate experiments that efficiently examine physical observations.
1.5. be able to identify relevant experimental and theoretical methods and apply these to problem solving in a wide range of disciplines or multidisciplinary fields. This includes being able to critically evaluate the consistence and domain of validity of the selected procedure and understanding its relative merits over possible alternatives.
1.6. to recognize how (at least one of (a-c)):
(a) Theories and models are connected as well as which experimentally verifiable predictions these may result in.
(b) Astrophysical processes are reflected in the evolution of extraterrestrial objects, ranging from our own sun to stars, galaxies and the entire universe.
(c) Atomic level microscopic phenomena are reflected in the structure and properties of different materials as well as be able to evaluate these properties experimentally and/or predict them theoretically, and use them in industrially important areas such as material science or biotechnological physics

2. Competence and skills

2.1. be able to identify the most important problems and use different methods to deal with these problems
2.2. to choose strategies, both independently and in interdisciplinary groups, to be able to generate, interpret and analyze data
2.3. be able to explain the connections between the physical properties and the behavior of a technical system and be able to develop new applications based on specific physical phenomena
2.4. be able to communicate results and conclusions in a clear and logical way for different audience groups using oral, written or electronic means
2.5. to be able to evaluate the scientific and technical developments in different physics areas reported in specialized and popular media
2.6. to be able to construct technical and scientific innovations based on their knowledge of physics
2.7. demonstrate the ability to both work independently and effectively in a team

3. Judgements and professional attitudes
3.1. be able to integrate ethical assessments into decisions involving technical or scientific research/development
3.2. to recognize how physics impact on social, economic and environmental issues
3.3. to identify the need for life-long learning and thereby continue to acquire knowledge and contribute to research and development


Extent: 120.0 c



The thesis work (30 credits) will deal with a clearly defined topic that has previously been studied in the courses on the master's program. This can be done at Chalmers, within the industry, at research institutes, at organizations or at another university. In order to begin the degree project, the student must have completed 45 credits in the courses on the master's program. Students in five-year civil engineering programs must have passed at least 225 credits before starting work. There is the opportunity to do an extended thesis (60 credits) with a clear research focus. The goal of such a thesis is to produce research results that are good enough to be presented at international conferences or in magazines. For further information, please refer to the syllabus or master program manager. More information about the rules for thesis work can be found on the Chalmers website.


Courses valid the academic year 2020/2021:

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Accredited to the following programmes the accademic year 2020/2021:

Degree of Master of Science in Engineering



Students can specialize in theoretical, computational and/or experimental aspects of physics. Briefly, theory provide concepts and models that can explain and predict experimental observations, while the use of high-performance computers enables numerical computation of the fundamental laws of physics and the use of advanced techniques, e.g. machine learning. Finally, the use of advanced instrumatation, both in-house and at large facilities, will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of the experimental part of physics.

 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 Local Qualifications Framework - first and second cycle 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

Other information:

Program Plan:

The program starts with a common block that introduces the students to important theoretical and experimental concepts and methods in modern physics. After the common block, a number of courses are offered with the following specializations; astronomy, computational physics, biological physics, material physics and theoretical physics.

Published: Mon 28 Nov 2016.