Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Jan 4, 2025
98 place StudyQA ranking:4445 Duration:24 months

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What are the laws of nature governing the universe from elementary particles to the development of the solar system, stars, and galaxies? In the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, you will focus on gaining a quantitative understanding of these phenomena.

With the expertise in basic research that you will gain in the programme, you might pursue a career in research. You will also acquire proficiency in the use of mathematical methods, IT tools and/or experimental equipment, as well as strong problem-solving and logical deduction skills. These will qualify you for a wide range of positions in the private sector.

The scope of the Master’s programme is 120 credits (ECTS), which can be completed in two years. The degree consists of:

  • 90 credits of Master’s studies, including a Master’s thesis (30 credits)
  • 30 credits of other studies from the Master’s programme or other degree programmes

In addition, your studies include a personal study plan as well as career orientation and planning. You might also take part in a traineeship, elective studies offered by the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, or studies offered by other degree programmes.

The Master’s programme includes two study tracks:

  • Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • Astrophysical Sciences

A graduate applicant is a person who already has the first degree, normally a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from a higher education institution. As a rule, the Bachelor’s degree is the lower academic degree and it takes three to four years of full-time studies to complete.Some programmes may accept students with a Bachelor's degree from a polytechnic in Finland. The Bachelor's degree programme has to be strongly related to the programme the student applies for. Applicants with a Bachelor's degree from a polytechnic institution should always first contact the Admissions Services.Also those students who are in their last term/semester of their Bachelor's studies can apply.Applying when you have not yet graduatedIf you have not graduated by the time the application period for the programme you are applying to begins, you are required to submit an officially certified copy of your latest transcript of records. See also the Country-specific requirements on how to authorize your educational documents. If you receive the degree certificate and the final transcript of records during the application period, it is recommended that you submit them as well.You should point out the anticipated graduation date on the application and submit the documents you have at the time of applying. Do not wait to receive your final diploma or degree certificate if it is not available during the application period. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 580 TOEFL iBT® test: 92

The University of Helsinki is giving about 50 start-up grants to qualified degree students who are accepted to study in an International Master's Degree Programme. The amount of each grant will be 1000-1500 euro. The grants are not meant to cover living expenses, but we hope that the little extra money helps our new students to settle in Helsinki.

The International Student Grant is available for degree students who are admitted in 2014 into the programmes below:

  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies
  • Bayesian Statistics and Decision Analysis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Democracy and Global Transformations
  • Economics
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ethnic Relations, Cultural Diversity and Integration
  • European Studies
  • Food Sciences
  • Forest Sciences and Business
  • Geography and Geology
  • Intercultural Encounters
  • International Business Law and Public International Law
  • Mathematics and Applied Mathematics
  • Media and Global Communication
  • Modeling Molecules and Nanosystems
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Sciences
  • Plant Production Science
  • Religion, Conflict and Dialogue
  • Religious Roots of Europe
  • Research Master's Programme in Social Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Translational Medicine
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