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As a graduate student in Physics at University of Copenhagen you can focus on the many different areas of physics such as quantum physics, condensed matter or nuclear physics. You can also obtain a specialised competency profile in astrophysics, biophysics or geophysics.
The programme is offered in English.
The MSc programme in Physics at University of Copenhagen takes place at the Niels Bohr Institute which offers an exciting international research community where the latest scientific breakthroughs are created.
During the programme you can work within many different fields of physics, from particle physics to the detection of climate change in Greenland's ice sheet. Theoretical teaching, practical laboratory experiments, projects and your own research will provide you with valuable knowledge of the newest technology and enable you to describe our physical reality through experiments and mathematical models.
Unemployment rates among physicists are low - companies in the public and private sector are looking for candidates with your competences and expertise, for instance as consultants in the oil industry, programmers in the IT business or even as advisors on exchange rates in the financial sector.
Profile and Career
The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen is part of an exciting and international research environment where scientific breakthroughs are shaped. Your path through the physics universe will include theoretical instruction, experience with practical experimentation in the laboratory, project work and work in the field.
Graduate students in physics may specialize in one of numerous sub-fields such as particle physics, atomic physics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, complex systems in physics and quantum information technology. As a graduate student in physics you will achieve the academic qualifications to independently participate in modern research and the communication of results. There are plenty of themes and courses to choose from, so you will determine your own course of study to a large degree.
- You will learn the basic physical principles governing a physical system
- You will work with mathematical models to describe physical reality
- You will learn to work with experimental setups and become familiar with the latest technologies
- You will read current research literature and be capable of contributing to the research
Unemployment among physics graduates is quite rare indeed and most physicists find work in a variety of settings. These include, but are far from limited to, private and public sector research, finance, programming in the IT industry and oil exploration.
Astrophysicists find employment as teachers or at observatories all over the world. There are job opportunities for biophysicists at hospitals or in the pharmaceutical industry, while geophysicists may work as meteorologists, or as consultants at national maritime agencies, environmental organisations etc.
The private sector has begun to deploy physicists in a more business-oriented context. A good example is how, in finance, physicists are engaged to predict market fluctuations. Some physicists are also employed as programmers in the IT sector as they often have strong programming backgrounds.
- One year of graduate coursework, primarily in English. The courses contain lectures, written examinations and the submission of reports along with the conducting of experiments.
- You are assigned an advisor and research group that can help you select courses and develop a thesis topic.
- Your course of study concludes with a thesis worth 30, 45 or 60 ECTS. The thesis project engages you with in-depth work targeted towards answering a problem in the field of physics, approached from a high level of research.
- The research environment is characterized by a high degree of international collaboration and you will have the opportunity to be part of this network either by working with guest researchers or through research abroad.
Your thesis begins when you develop a thesis contract in cooperation with your thesis supervisor. The contents of this contract and thesis framework include an overall description of the thesis topic and a completion date. Thesis topics could be:
- Measurement based on ultracold atoms in optical frequencies
- Analysis of data from particle accelerators, e.g. CERN
- Production of equipment for synchrotrons
- Utilisation of x-ray radiation to determine protein structures
- Solid state physical realisation of quantum computers
- Mathematical theory for turbulence in flowing fluids
It is also possible to study abroad during your degree. You can choose to study abroad one or two semesters or for a shorter period of time; e.g. take a summer school course.
The Faculty of Science will not be awarding any scholarships for the academic year 2014/2015.
Please note that many scholarships are offered by companies or organisations, it can be worthwhile to research your particular options from your home country.