Profile and Career

The Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen is part of an exciting and international research environment where scientific breakthroughs are shaped. Your path through the physics education can include theoretical instruction, experiments in the laboratory, project work and work in the field.

As a graduate students in physics you can specialize in one of numerous sub-fields, e.g. particle physics, climate physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, solid-state physics, nuclear physics, complex systems and quantum information technology. You will achieve the academic qualifications to break down problems and find solution to the benefit of society as well as individuals. You can also participate in modern research and the communication of results.

There is a high degree of freedom to choose specializations and courses.

Competence Description

  • You will learn the basic physical principles governing a physical system.
  • You will work with mathematical and numerical models to describe physical reality.
  • You will learn to work with experimental setups and become familiar with the latest technologies.
  • You will work with the processing, production and interpretation of experimental and numerical data.
  • You will read current research literature and be capable of contributing to the research.

Career Opportunities

Unemployment among physics graduates is low and physicists find work in many different places, e.g. private and public sector research, finance, programming in the IT industry or in private enterprises developing new materials, equipment or methods of analyzing. Furthermore, it is possible for all physicists to qualify for teaching at high school level.

Astrophysicists find employment as teachers or at observatories all over the world. There are job opportunities for bio- and medical physicists at hospitals or in the pharmaceutical industry, while geophysicists may work in the private and public sector, e.g. with environment-related problems, oil- or wind based energy or engineering.

The private sector also employs physicists in a more business-oriented context. For example, some physicists work in finance withprediction of market fluctuations. Other physicists are employed as programmers or developers in the IT sector as they often have strong programming backgrounds.

Many physicists choose to begin their career as a PhD student.