Degree structure

Director of degree programme: Professor Mikko Alava
Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Description of the programme

Studies in engineering physics create a basis for the technological applications of physics and open doors for different careers in industry, science, and research. A profound understanding of physics and mathematics can be employed in finding novel solutions to both present-day and future’s challenges.

Studies in Master's Programme in Engineering Physics are strongly research oriented. Almost half of the MSc graduates continue towards a doctorate. The research focus areas range from experimental and theoretical materials physics to nanophysics and nanoscience, and to novel energy solutions. The study programme differs from a more classical university physics in its proximity to concrete, practical research questions. Its connection to real-life problems is very strong.

There are two majors in the Master's Programme in Engineering Physics from which students can choose from when they enter the programme: Engineering Physics and Physics of Advanced Materials. The former is more general whereas the latter focuses on materials and nanoscience in particular. The programme has also a related international joint programme Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials).

Degree structure

The student’s curriculum consists of a major (40-65 ECTS), an option for a minor (20-25 ECTS), elective studies (25-30 ECTS), and a Master’s thesis (30 ECTS), 120 ECTS as total.

Following the degree requirements the Master’s student has three possibilities to structure his/her studies:

1) Long major (65 ECTS) plus elective studies (25 ECTS) and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) (possible in both of the majors: Engineering Physics and Physics of Advanced Materials)

Engineering Physics Long Major

2) Compact major (40 ECTS), minor (20-25 ECTS) plus elective studies (25-30 ECTS), and Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS) (possible only in the major Engineering Physics)

Engineering Physics Compact Major

In these two possible degree structures presented above, the extent of a major may not exceed 65 ECTS. Thus, the students will always have a choice of completely elective studies at minimum 25 ECTS.

3) The extent of the Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability major is 55 ECTS. All students of the major have to complete the Innovation and entrepreneurship minor (35 ECTS).

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