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Last Updated on December 23, 2022

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Physics (master’s two years)

Duration:2 years

Do you like to understand why the world is the way it is? This field of study gives you the opportunity to choose between a wide range of topics. You can specialize in everything from quarks, cancer research and high technology to geological processes and cosmology. You can work experimentally, numerically or theoretically – or combine all three.

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Programme structure

The Master’s programme Physics is a two-year full time study consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

The programme has the following structure:

  • Theoretical curriculum, 60 ECTS credits
  • Master’s thesis, 60 ECTS credits

The programme has 6 programme options:

Programme structure for students who attended this study programme Autumn 2017 or earlier.

Course of study

Two possible courses of study are shown in the tables below.

Example 1

4. semesterFYS5960 – Physics. Master Thesis  
3. semester   
2. semesterMaster’s courseMaster’s courseMaster’s course
1. semesterMaster’s course,HSE-courses and Writing ScienceMaster’s courseMaster’s course
 10 ECTS credits10 ECTS credits10 ECTS credits

 Example 2

4. semesterFYS5960 – Physics. Master Thesis  
3. semesterMaster’s courseFYS5960 – Physics. Master ThesisFYS5960 – Physics. Master Thesis
2. semesterMaster’s courseMaster’s courseMaster’s thesis
1. semesterMaster’s course,HSE-courses and Writing ScienceMaster’s courseMaster’s course
 10 ECTS credits10 ECTS credits10 ECTS credits

The Master’s programme is regulated by the rules of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

It is possible to carry out the programme part-time. In such a case it must be discussed with an advisor at the Department of Physics      

Theoretical curriculum

The following guidelines regard the composition of the theoretical curriculum with a total of 60 ECTS credits:

  • at least 40 ECTS credit courses on the 4000/5000-level. 20 of these 40 ECTS credits need to be within the fields of physics or mathematics.
  • up to 20 ECTS credits of advanced bachelor`s courses from other fields may be included.
  • up to 10 ECTS credits may be special curriculum, or other professional training with the approval of the programme commitee.

The theoretical curriculum should be completed and passed in the next to last semester. If this is difficult to complete the porgramcoordinator needs to be contacted in advance. 

Choosing master courses for the theoretical curriculum

Which courses are included in the theoretical curriculum is dependent on which program you have chosen and the topic of your master’s thesis. The structure is also dependent on if you choose a thesis with experimental, theoretical or computational focus, as well as your own professional interests. As the study program has a large academic breadth, you can customize a schedule that fits your interests as well as the academic recquirements you need to complete the master’s thesis. The final structure of your master’s study, including courses and potential special curriculums, are done in cooperation with your student advisor(s). As soon as you have started you should make a guidanceappointment with the contact person for your study programme.

Please see the structure for each individual study programme for a more detalied description of the theoretical curriculum. 

Choosing the special curriculum

The special curriculum is a series of lectures, books, overview articles etc. which has a natural connection with the Master`s thesis. It should not include literature you should have read anyway in order to get familiarized with the problem area of the research task.

Mandatory HMS-courses

There are mandatory courses in Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, in the beginning of the first semester:

HMS-courses do not give credits. If you have previously passed equivalent courses at the University of Oslo, you will not need to re-apply these.

Master’s thesis

As a master’s student you get to specialize within your programme option. You must find your supervisor and a Master’s thesis in the first semester. In addition to writing your master’s thesis, the work with the thesis will also include familiarizing yourself with what others previously have done within your field of study, define issues and research questions for the thesis, find expedient research methods, complete experiments, simulate, analyze and conclude.

The work with your thesis equals to a full academic year. The Master’s thesis is completed with an oral presentation and examination at the end of the fourth semester. All students enrolled 2019 and later must attend compulsory lectures in the 1st semester of the master programme.

Students must complete their theoretical curriculum and all mandatory HMS-courses before their oral presentation and examination of the Master’s thesis.

Recognition of Master’s courses from former education

If you are admitted to the Master’s programme and you have completed Master’s courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Physics for more information.

Diploma and degree

The study program leads to the degree: Master of Physics

The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that together meet the requirements to a degree. Read more about diplomas.

Quality assurance of education

Study programmes and courses are regurarly evaluated to secure and develop the quality of the education.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Science in Physics

The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.

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