Master's programme in Electrophysics
A two year master’s programme in Electrophysics incorporates a strong foundation in electrical engineering with an understanding of electromagnetic fields and how they interact with matter.
Electrophysics at KTH
Electromagnetic fields are the basis of communications, most modern technology and are integral to our understanding of the universe. Ionized matter (plasma) dominates in space and finds its applications on earth – from material processing to the promise of fusion energy, the same source that powers the Sun.
The programme is built around three distinct areas of focus: Plasma, Space and Radio Science – with a core selection of courses and flexibility for students to specialise in their individual areas of interest.
The studies in the master's programme in Electrophysics is course based. The academic year is divided into four study periods, and there are typically 2-3 courses running over a 10 week long study period. Obligatory courses are scheduled in the first two study periods of the programme, with the rest of the courses elective from a wide range of topics.
The programme is set in the international environment. Since the start in 2008 students from 13 countries have participated in the programme. Given the pedagogical methods, this offers you plentiful opportunity to develop your group communication skills and gain experience of working in mixed teams. These abilities are highly valued on today's work market. All research and development, especially in the fields of space and fusion is very international, with KTH participating in a number of large projects, such as space missions within NASA and the European counterpart ESA, and the ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) fusion reactor. Opportunities are offered for exchange studies in partner universities across Europe (and beyond). The structure of the programme makes this particularly suitable after finishing the obligatory courses.
There is a plenty of opportunities to participate in the research and project work at the departments hosting the programme (space and plasma physics, electromagnetic engineering, fusion plasma physics). Before the degree project, this can be done in the framework of individual project courses, corresponding to eight weeks work in non-scheduled time. The degree project carried out in the final term can be performed at KTH or in industry. In some cases parts or the whole project can be done abroad. A number of degree projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals, and the programme offers support to facilitate publication of the thesis results.
Examples of degree projects made by former students:
- Numerical study of spectral densities of fluctuations in thermal plasma
- Graphene growth on SiC under Arambient and H-intercalation
- Efficient Computation of the Near-Field Mutual Coupling Between Antennas on Vehicles
- Analysis of the electric and magnetic fields time variation inside the auroral oval region
- Modelling of Collisionless Alpha-particle Confinement in Tokamaks
KTH has an international reputation in plasma physics and has been the home of Hannes Alfvén, a pioneer in the field and Nobel Prize winner. Today, the university is active in several aspects of the development of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), from plasma modeling to engineering material facing the plasma. Space research at KTH is done in both large international projects under ESA and NASA, and in smaller collaborations with leading research centres and universities around Europe, USA, South Africa and Japan.
Emphasis is placed on both the theoretical and applied aspects of the field with a multidisciplinary approach and close proximity to real research applications – with many MSc theses done in international collaborations. The Electrophysics programme offers students a unique breadth of experience with a multitude of career prospects following their degree.
Find out what students from the programme think about their time at KTH.
Faculty and research
The programme in Electrophysics is given by the School of Electrical Engineering at KTH. The field of Electrical and Electronics at KTH is currently ranked 17th in the world by QS (16th in 2015). Faculty from the Department in Electromagnetic Engineering, Space and Plasma Physics and Fusion Plasma Physics is teaching courses within this programme.
Changes in the programme may occur.