Physics – University of Copenhagen

Physics

Physics is a specialisation at the Master of Science Programme (MSc) in Physics.

The only compulsory course on the specialisation is "Complex Physics", where you learn to describe and analyze non-linear complex systems and physical phenomena using simple quantitative computer-based models.

The specialisation in physics allows you to combine different physics disciplines or to tailor your study programme within a field of research not covered by the other specialisations.

Study Tracks

It is a good idea to use your elective and restricted elective courses to design a study track that allows you to study a subject area in depth during the specialisation. For instance, you can target your specialisation by following the suggested study track below (click on the link to see how the study track is composed):

However, you can also customise your programme with a mixture of courses and projects which are relevant to you.

Skills:

As a graduate with the specialisation in physics you acquire special skills in: 

  • performing independent research, and the ability to follow through, from idea to final result.
  • conveying and communicating scientific questions and problems in both scientific as well as public forums.
  • constructing quantitative physical models to describe a range of problems relevant to the industry and society.
  • performing practical data and statistical analysis, and communicating the results both written and orally.

Knowledge:

You will also possess specialist knowledge of: 

  • a broad range of fundamental physical systems.
  • how to practically obtain relevant experimental results or observational data, and perform a statistical and physical analysis on real data.
  • a range of physical, mathematical and numerical methods, which gives access to a wide range of professions which apply physics, mathematics, statistics and programming.
  • how peer-review works in practice.

Programme structure

The Physics specialisation can be structured in three different ways, depending on the size of your thesis as well as when you start working on your thesis.

Course of study 1 – thesis 60 ECTS, thesis work beginning in the first year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Complex Physics
Thesis
Year 2 Thesis
Thesis

One block equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS

Course of study 2 – thesis 60 ECTS, thesis work beginning in the second year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Complex Physics
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS

Course of study 3 – thesis 45 ECTS, thesis work beginning in the second year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Complex Physics
Year 2 Thesis
Thesis

One block equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.