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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Physics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type

    MSc

Course content

From the Higgs boson to the cosmos, Physics & Astronomy encompasses the fundamentals of modern physics. We provide an open environment where students team up with faculty members to gain knowledge of the known universe and explore the unknown. Chalmers hosts the Onsala Space Observatory and has research connections to many other universities and laboratories. Our research in basic science makes use of the newest technology and may lead to new technical developments.
Programme descriptionUnderstanding the basic laws of physics has posed a challenge since the birth of modern science. The area is of great intrinsic interest, and forms the basis for other branches of science. Trying to probe the smallest structures of matter and the largest structures of the Universe also drives the development of new technologies. At Chalmers we are actively engaged in many areas of modern physics and astrophysics:

In theoretical particle physics we look beyond the Standard Model and at the possibility for the Higgs boson to be a harbinger of new physics.

In experimental nuclear physics we work with international accelerator laboratories like CERN or GSI/FAIR on experiments of key importance for understanding both the microscopic world and astrophysical phenomena.

In theoretical nuclear physics we focus on modelling and simulation of stable and unstable isotopes with small numbers of nucleons.
In mathematical physics we investigate the cross-fertilization between mathematics and string theory, where abstract mathematical theorems find new applications in physics, and where physical insight has in turn sparked new developments in mathematics. We also investigate the recent applications of string theory to condensed matter.

In astrophysics we explore distant stars and galaxies by radio astronomical methods and model galaxy formation by numerical simulations.

In geophysics we study the solid earth and its atmosphere.

This programme gives you the opportunity to be part of an intimate environment among active researchers in these fascinating areas of science. As a student you will gain knowledge of fundamental physics and acquire specialised skills in a chosen sub-field of physics or astronomy. You will be able to construct mathematical models or design or conduct experiments in physics and astronomy. In addition, you will gain experience in scientific communication from working in projects.
Educational methodsAll of the faculty are engaged in research and we have a high teacher-to-student ratio.
After completing a few core courses, students choose elective courses that prepare them to specialise in theoretical, observational or experimental aspects of astronomy, in mathematical physics, particle physics, subatomic physics or string theory. Students finish the program with a research project that forms the basis for a MSc thesis.

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