Programme objectives

Master's Programme, Electrophysics, 120 credits (TELFM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2009

Last edit: 19/03/2010
Approved: 19/03/2010

The master's programme in Electrophysics focuses on the foundations of electrical engineering: electromagnetic fields and their interaction with matter. Physical principles, mathematical methods, and numerical models make up the core of the programme, providing the tools and skills needed to describe electromagnetic processes and analyse complex systems and problems within the field. Specialised knowledge on relevant applications and systems is offered in the specialization courses, covering areas as antenna theory, propagation and damping of electromagnetic waves in various environments and geometries, plasma theory and applications, magnetohydrodynamics, fusion physics, space physics and technology. Programme graduates will be able to work with development, operation and evaluation of systems requiring good electrical engineering knowledge, or continue with research career in the field. The program sets forward a number of study objectives in terms of knowledge and understanding, skills and judgement.

Knowledge and understanding

For the master’s degree, the student should:

  • have thorough knowledge about the scientific foundation and common practice of the electrical engineering
  • be able to identify electrophysical problems in various technical systems and natural phenomena, and place them in a larger context
  • be able to describe technological processes using mathematical models, and to assess the applicability and limitations of the models.

Skills and abilities

For the master’s degree, the student should:

  • critically select and apply analytical and numerical methods to solve problems in electrophysics
  • search and follow technical and scientific literature in electromagnetic theory and close fields
  • communicate with various target groups in a professional way
  • be able to plan, organize and document the work, and work together in a group.

Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint

For the master’s degree, the student should:

  • be able to analyze electrical engineering problems with a holistic view of technological systems, in an independent manner acquire the information and knowledge that is necessary to establish a qualified opinion.
  • have an insight into possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society, and responsibilities for its application.

 The programme provides the students with knowledge and skills that are needed to continue education to the PhD level, and are also attractive for the industry. The education can be a basis for continued studies at research level in electromagnetic field theory, plasma physics, space physics and fusion research, in which some of the courses can be included in the PhD course work. The objective is to give students maximum freedom to choose the courses of the programme of most interest to them. As the students may come from different backgrounds, a set of obligatory courses is offered in the first year to provide a solid foundation in the field.