Master of Science in Engineering Physics
With a degree in Engineering physicists you will have a broad knowledge of general and applied physics. With a theoretical understanding of physical phenomena you can contribute to the development of new technological applications in areas such as nanotechnology, in which the quantum structure of matter is used to develop new applications, for instance, molecular electronics, organic solar cells and quantum computers.
General admission requirements plus upper secondary school level Mathematics E, Physics B, and Chemistry A, or general admission requirement plus upper secondary school level Mathematics 4, Physics 2, and Chemistry 1
Field-specific eligibility 9 or A9.
EducationThe programme includes basic training in technological and physical modelling, technological environment issues, materials design, and the role of technology in society. The students often collaborate on projects. You will specialise in engineering physics with an emphasis on applications in materials and nanotechnology including advanced theoretical courses in physics and mathematics as well as in experimental techniques, simulation and materials modelling. Nanostructured surfaces and solar cells are examples of areas of specialisation. There are also possibilities too study other subjects in Karlstad or abroad. An important educational strategy throughout the programme is the integration of basic subjects such as mathematics and natural sciences and technical applications. Mathematics is an important tool in engineering and fundamental for technical understanding. Therefore mathematics is an integral part of all modules. You will practise generally applicable methods and use the computer to solve calculations and to see the potentials of modelling.
Form of InstructionInstruction i given in the form of lectures, classes, practices, laboratory work, and as project work under supervision.
ExaminationThere are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme. Examination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit.
Professional ContactContact with organizations that can be future employers evolves through guest lectures and study visits to a more intimate relation where the students get to know the firm and its operations and get support in choosing and solving projects through their contact person in the firm. Students often choose a company they have met during the stduy period as the partner for their degree projects.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Experimentation and data analysis (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Foundation course in Mathematics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Calculus and Geometry (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Introduction to programming and data processing (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Linear Algebra (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Wave Physics and Optics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Calculus in several variables (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Mechanics with applications 1 (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Introductory Modern Physics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Stochastic Methods (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Mechanics with applications 2 (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Materials Engineering for Engineering Science (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Electromagnetic Field Theory for Engineers (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Complex analysis and transforms (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Quantum Physics I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Solid State Physics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Electrical Engineering for Master Students in Engineering Science (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Nanoscience I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Projects and leadership for engineers (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Numerical Methods (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Solid Mechanics for Engineering Science I for Master students in engineering science (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Engineering Physics, Bachelor Degree Project (Elective)||15|
|Modern experimental physics (Elective)||7.5|
|General Relativity (Elective)||7.5|
|Semester 7||ECTS credits|
|Mathematical Physics II (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Characterisation of materials for Physicists (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Quantum Physics II (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Physical electronics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Analytic mechanics I (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 8||ECTS credits|
|Computational Physics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Nanoscience II (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Functional materials (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Surface Physics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Quantum Field Theory (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 9||ECTS credits|
|Optional course (Optional)||7.5|
|Advanced Quantum Mechanics (Elective)||7.5|
|Scanning Probe Microscopy (Elective)||7.5|
|Solid state theory (Optional)||7.5|
|Introduction to Business Administration for Engineering Master Students (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Automatic Control (Elective)||7.5|
|Semester 10||ECTS credits|
|Degree Project for Master of Science in Engineering, Engineering Physics (Obligatory)||30|
*Full-time study always equals 30 ECTS credits per semester (20 weeks).
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.