Appendix 2: Specialisations

Master's Programme, Engineering Physics, 120 credits (TTFYM), Programme syllabus for studies starting in autumn 2019

Track, Theoretical Physics (TFYA)

The theoretical physics track provides the students with a broad education in fundamental theoretical physics, preparing them for a future as problem solvers or researchers in industry, or for continued PhD studies. The compulsory courses in quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics provide basic theoretical tools that are needed for the more specialised courses. The conditionally elective courses provide tracks towards particle physics, mathematical physics, condensed matter physics and theoretical biological physics. Suitable elective courses can then provide deeper knowledge concerning theoretical and mathematical physics, or experimental physics.

Track, Subatomic and Astrophysics (TFYB)

The subatomic and astrophysics track covers a selection of basic science topics at the front-line of contemporary physics. Both the experimental and theoretical aspects of atomic, nuclear, and particle physics with applications to astrophysics, are included. The application of basic science to real-life problems is illustrated through medical imaging and treatment techniques. The aim of the track is to prepare students for careers at international research facilities, university-based research groups or high-technology industry. The compulsory courses provide a broad orientation in the concepts of subatomic physics, and an advanced discussion of quantum mechanics. The conditionally elective courses allow students to study several fields in more detail, and explore the resulting synergy which is necessary for a fundamental description of the Universe. The elective courses allow students to further focus their studies on a particular research field, broaden their studies within the track, or further explore applications within basic science, industry and society.

Track, Biomedical Physics (TFYE)

In this track knowledge and skills in physics are developed towards applications and research in the life sciences, including biology, chemistry and medicine. Interdisciplinary activities have become increasingly important for the development of new medical diagnostic methods and treatments. Biomedical physics is in the centre of these activities. This track aims at developing the ability of the physicists to interact with the life science disciplines and offers suitable combinations of subjects both for a career in industry as well as for continued studies towards a PhD degree. The need for improvements in the medical field is practically infinite. Through the choice of courses the students can focus on experimental as well as theoretical approaches of biomedical physics, used on different spatial scales, from the molecular and cellular level up to the organ(ism) and population level.

Track, Optics & Photonics (TFYF)

The Optics & Photonics specialisation is important for basic and applied research both in industry and in academia; students with a thorough knowledge of this field find positions as PhD students, development engineers in optics or consultants.

Track, Quantum Technology (TFYG)

The Quantum Technology specialisation trains students within a field which aims to control quantum mechanical states to create novel technological applications; students with this background can become active researchers within an emerging field of physics.