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Master's Programme in Physics, 120 Credits

About the programme

In less than fifty years Umeå University (UmU) has become one of the largest and leading universities in Sweden. In the main rankings of universities in the world younger than 50 years, UmU was placed 39 (Times Top 100 under 50) and 24 (QS Top 50 under 50), respectively. Further UmU was recently ranked first in Europe in respect to overall satisfaction by international students (ISB).
The Department of Physics is well-known for excellent quality in both research and education and we have recieved extra financial support for several young and promising researchers. The study atmosphere is very international and interested students have good opportunities to locate some part of the MSc programme studies in another country.

The MSc programme is a two-year programme (120 ECTS credits) offered solely in English. It gives you the opportunity to acquire wider and deeper knowledge and abilities within one or several subareas in physics and is fully adapted to the Bologna structure of higher education in Europe. The programme offers you freedom to specialize according to your own interests and ambitions. We especially recommend the following profiles:

- Computational Physics
- Photonics: Advanced Materials Profile
- Photonics: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Profile

See the links More about the programme and Courses for more information.

The programme is finished off with an individual (at least) 30 ECTS credits project, presented in the form of a written Master’s thesis. The project is an independent work done under supervision of an active researcher. The project can be chosen from among any of the current fields of research at the department: Condensed Matter Physics, Organic Electronics, Nanophysics, Photonics, Optical/Laser Physics, Biological Physics, Plasma Physics, Flame Dynamics, General Relativity, Statistical Physics, Quantum Physics, Computational Physics, Complex Networks, Space Physics and Physics Education. It is also possible to do the Master’s project outside the department, in for example a company or a university, also in another country.

The programme starts in August/September (autumn semester) every year.

Level of education: Continuation programme
Degree: Degree of Master of Science (two years). Main Field of Studies: Physics. Application and eligibility Programme syllabus

Career Opportunities

The programme gives a good foundation for PhD studies and research in higher academic institutions as well as in the industry. As the programme is flexible it can easily be adapted to the labour market and physicists often work as engineers in various physics-related fields. In general, studies in physics give you good training in analytical thinking and problem solving in combination with high competence in mathematical model building and computer usage. These skills make physicists useful also in other fields of the labour market, for example in the insurance, finance and economy sectors.

Application and eligibility


Tuition fees and scholarships

With a few exceptions, all citizens of countries outside of the European Union (EU), European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay application and tuition fees for education at undergraduate and advanced level.
For most degree programmes rates are SEK 90,000–135,000 per year. Programmes in architecture, design, and fine arts range from SEK 270,000 to SEK 330,000 per year.

Umeå University offers a limited number of scholarships to students from outside the EU/EEA.

The Swedish Institute administers numerous scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden.

Contact Information

Faculty of Science and Technology

Jens Zamanian, Programme Co-ordinator

Tel: +46(0)90-786 53 11

Fax: +46(0)90-786 66 73

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