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    Based in contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in physics, this programme focuses on future scientific solutions and technological innovations. Particular emphasis is placed in the areas of materials physics, biotechnical physics, and theory and modelling. Examples of current engineering pursuits are the next generation batteries to power cars and smartphones, nanosized colour routing antennas and Lab-on-a-Chip solutions.

    Programme description

    Competence in physics is of utmost importance in a range of interdisciplinary research and development areas and this programme gives you a broad and solid introduction to the experimental, theoretical and computational physics that forms the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. The programme has a firm basis in condensed matter physics and facilitates contemporary experimental, theoretical and computational techniques in the materials science and biotechnology fields.

    The materials physics profile area focuses on using a variety of tools for the experimental study of a wide range of materials. Examples of research activities in this field include studies of disordered materials such as glass or various forms of soft materials, energy related materials such as lithium batteries, hard materials and materials for specific applications such as solar cells.

    In biological physics, researchers apply physical methods to study biological systems and interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures. Work includes several experimental techniques ranging from quartz microbalances to microscopic and other optical methods, and covers many length scales from biomolecules through cells to the tissue level.

    In theory and modelling, research is concentrated to computational materials physics where advanced computational methods are used to relate atomic scale description to macroscopic phenomena, and in theoretical nanophysics where a combination of analytical and numerical methods are used to analyse the behaviour of nanostructures. The programme has no compulsory courses and by choosing from a wide array of elective courses, you have the opportunity to fully tailor your own master’s degree. This provides you with an ideal preparation for careers in industry and academia, both nationally and internationally.

    Career opportunities

    The programme provides a broad knowledge base that can be applied in a variety of fields. The resulting generalist training renders the programmes graduates less sensitive to fluctuations within a particular industrial sector. By choosing among the different courses, students can develop competence profiles that suit different branches of industry.

    The extensive industrial connections of the Department of Applied Physics are useful for students who wish to perform their Master's thesis in an industrial environment. A typical career path for an MSc graduate in Applied Physics starts with a position in the research and development department and after a few years of experience, many graduates move into management.

    First Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Elective courses

    • Quantum mechanics, Examination
    • Soft matter physics, Examination
    • Modern imaging, spectroscopy and diffraction techniques, Examination

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Elective courses

    • Fuel cells - function and materials, Examination
    • Condensed matter physics, Examination
    • Biological physics, Examination
    • Computational physics, Examination
    • Electrodynamics, Examination

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    Elective courses

    • Superconductivity and low-temperature physics, Examination
    • Computational materials physics, Written and oral assignments
    • Biotechnical physics, Project
    • Advanced analysis methods, Examination
    • Surface and nanophysics, Project
    • Nanotechnology for sustainable energy, Project

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Elective courses

    • Semiconductor materials physics, Examination
    • Polymer technology, Examination
    • Molecular microscopy, Project
    • Non-equilibrium processes in physics, chemistry and biology, Examination
    • Functional materials, Examination
    • Medical physics, Project
    • Energy related materials, Examination
    • High performance computing, Examination
    • Statistical image analysis, Examination

    Second Year

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 1

    Elective courses

    • Fundamentals of micro- and nanotechnology, Examination
    • Entrepreneurship and project management, Project

    AUTUMN TERM Study period 2

    Elective courses

    • Computational biology 1, Written and oral assignments
    • Liquid crystals, physics and applications, Examination
    • Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), Examination
    • Materials in medicine, Examination
    • Creative problem solving in engineering, Examination

    SPRING TERM Study period 3

    Elective courses

    • Modeling and fabrication of micro/nanodevices, Project

    SPRING TERM Study period 4

    Diploma thesis

    • Master's thesis in Applied physics, Diploma thesis
    • Master's thesis in Applied physics, part A, Diploma thesis
    • Master's thesis in Applied physics, part B, Diploma thesis

    Research connections

    The research activities connected to the programme are represented by different Divisions of the Department of Applied Physics. The Applied Physics master's programme is also connected to several of the Chalmers Areas of Advance – strengthening the research focus. The AoA’s most closely connected to Applied Physics are Energy, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology. Several excellent researchers take active part as course responsible teachers in the programme.


    Program requirements

    Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in: Engineering Physics, Physics, Electrical Engineering, Material Science or Chemical Engineering or the equivalent.Prerequisites: Mathematics 30 credits, Physics (including Quantum physics and Solid state physics) English Language ProficiencyThe most common and important scores that are accepted are IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part) English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 CAE score: (read more) Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever. 60 (Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 575 TOEFL iBT® test: 90

    All Scholarships administered by Chalmers have now been awarded and all applicants have been notified of their selection results.

    Important: Applications for scholarships should be made along with the application for Master's studies. Students should not wait until they receive an admission to do so.

    • The Avancez Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and are funded by the Chalmers Foundation. These scholarships are available to all students who are liable to pay tuition fees i.e., students with non-EU/EEA nationality.

    • The IPOET (International Programme Office for Education and Training) Scholarships are 75% tuition fee waivers funded by the Government of Sweden. They are awarded by Chalmers University of Technology and available to nearly all fee-paying students, with the exception of 12 countries.

    • The Mölnlycke Health Care Scholarships are 100% fee tuition waivers with possibilities for summer internships and a final master's thesis project.

    • The Sievert Larsson Scholarship Fund (within Friends of Chalmers) offers a 100% tuition fee waiver and living expenses to students of Thai nationality who aim to study on a Master’s programme at Chalmers University of Technology.

    • The US Friends of Chalmers Scholarship is a scholarship comprising USD 35 000 (i.e. a reduction of the tuition fee by USD 8750 per semester) and is awarded to one student with US citizenship.

    • The Volvo Car Corporation Scholarships are 100% tuition fee waivers awarded to 2 Chinese students with the guarantee of participation in the VESC (Volvo Engineering Student Concept) programme which includes a summer job, master thesis project, mentorship and possible employment at Volvo Car Corporation.

    • The Volvo Group Scholarship Programme is a 100% fee tuition fee waiver awarded to students of Indian nationality and Chinese nationality. The Scholarship includes possibilities for internships during the summer, a final Master thesis project and mentorship.

    Scholarships that will not be offered in 2014

    • The Chalmers MasterCard Scholarship (will be offered again in 2015) Available biennialy for a Master's student from Central America, South America or Mexico. The scholarship comprises a 280 000 SEK reduction of the tuition fee (70 000 SEK reduction/ semester).

    • The FlexLink Scholarship (not available in 2014) for a Master's Student from China is a 100% tuition fee waiver along with possibilities for internship and a final master thesis project.

    Note: Being granted alternative funding from external patrons does not affect the possibility of obtaining scholarships from Chalmers as an applicants financial status is not taken into account during the nomination process.

    Scholarships for current students

    Adlerbert 60th Anniversary Scholarships - Will be offered for the first time during 2014 to fee paying Master's Programme students who were admitted Autumn 2013, including scholarship holders whose scholarships do not include costs of living coverage. This means that, for instance, holders of Swedish Institute scholarships and Sievert Larsson, version 2 scholarships will not be eligible to apply. In order to be eligible the applicant must have passed at least 60 credits during the first year of studies. The scholarships, which amount to 60 000 SEK each, will be awarded based on the applicants' cumulative grade point average . Around 10 to 20 scholarships will be offered in 2014. More information about how to apply, etc., will be published soon.

    Adlerbert Foreign Student Hospitality Fund - Only open for international students who have been admitted to, and enrolled on, a Master's Programme at Chalmers. Thus, prospective students cannot apply. Students can be awarded the scholarship a maximum of two times. The application period opens in late January and closes in late February. Consequently, it is only possible to apply during this period of a student's first and second year.

    Scholarships administered by the Swedish Institute

    The Swedish Institute, a government agency, administers over 500 scholarships each year for students and researchers coming to Sweden to pursue their objectives at a Swedish university. Use their online guide in order to find out if any of the Swedish Institute scholarships are available for citizens of your country at your intended level of study.

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