Engineering Physics

Professor in charge:  Mikko Alava
Extent: 40-65 cr
Abbreviation:  EngPhys
Code: SCI3056

Objectives

The objective of the major is to give the student the chance of profiling the studies for the future professional life while providing a very strong background in physics and mathematics. The studies include a lot of hands-on experience with research. Many of the students continue with a career in research, first with PhD studies.

The core idea of the major is to maintain the rigorous training while giving a possibility for the student to tune the contents. This rigor is a main strength, traditionally, of the program, both for doctoral studies and as regards its “brand name” on the job market.

Content and structure

The Engineering Physics major consists of two parts: a core content and a flexible choice of courses selected by the student. The core courses of the major cover important topics for engineering physics, and methods from computational, theoretical, and experimental physics. The core content includes also some choices for more detailed focusing on a certain subject. The rest of the studies have a very flexible structure, and provide the student with the possibility of focusing in physics, nanoscience, energy studies, or designing a more cross-disciplinary content for the major. The student can also choose to complete a minor subject, or complete a long major (65 cr).

Compact major (40 cr)

The content of the compact major (40 cr) is: one mathematics, applied mathematics, or systems analysis course (5 cr), a choice between the Advanced Physics Laboratory or Computational Physics (5 cr), a Special Assignment (research or literature study, 10 cr), and 4 courses from the structure (together 40 cr).

In the case of the compact major the student is recommended to take 30 cr of the major courses and 30 cr of others during the first year. The special assignment can also be completed during the summer between the first and second year in the programme.

CODE

NAME

CREDITS

PERIOD

YEAR

Compulsory courses (20 cr)

PHYS-E0411

Advanced Physics Laboratory

5

III-V

1.

 

OR       

PHYS-E0412

Computational Physics  5  III-V 1.

PHYS-E0441

Physics Special Assignment V

10

 varies

2.

MS-Exxxx

One mathematics, applied mathematics or systems analysis course*

5

 

1.

         

Optional courses: Select four courses (20 cr) from the selection below:

PHYS-E0413

Theoretical Mechanics

5

I-II

1.

PHYS-E0414

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

5

I-II

1.

PHYS-E0415

Statistical Mechanics

5

I-II

1.

PHYS-E0421

Solid-State Physics

5

IV-V

1.

PHYS-E0422

Soft Condensed Matter Physics

5

III-IV

1.

PHYS-E0435

Optical Physics

5

I-II

1.

PHYS-E0460

Introduction to Reactor Physics

5

I-II

1.

PHYS-E0483

Advances in New Energy Technologies

5 III-IV 1.

PHYS-E0411

Advanced Physics Laboratory

5 III-V 1.

PHYS-E0412

Computational Physics

5 III-V 1.

PHYS-E0563

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics for Space and Fusion Applications

5 III-V 1.

 

* The mathematics courses on the MSc level include: MS-E1651  Numerical matrix computations, MS-E1652  Computational methods for differential equations, MS-E1653  Finite element method, MS-E1654  Computational inverse problems, MS-E2139  Nonlinear programming, MS-E1740  Continuum mechanics I, MS-E1600  Probability theory. 

Long major (65 cr)

To complete a long major (65 cr), the student selects elective physics or other relevant courses in addition to the core courses (40 cr) listed above so that the extent of the major is 65 cr. All the courses listed in the table above or in the example tracks of the long major are acceptable (see the example tracks of the long major in the study guide's subpages: Computational physics tracks and Advanced Energy Technologies tracks).

The long major offers a chance of profiling the studies by a specialization in a topic. Examples of this are in-depth studies of theoretical/computational physics of materials, experimental physics, and energy sciences. To this end, if the student wishes to include other courses to the long major than the courses listed above or in the example tracks, the student may seek advice on the course selection with his/her teacher tutor. The student may also contact other professors according to his/her interests to discuss the course choices for the long major: nuclear engineering: Filip Tuomisto; computational physics: Adam Foster; new energy sources: Peter Lund (emails are in the form of firstname.lastname(a)aalto.fi); or the programme director Mikko Alava.

In the case of a long major (65 cr) the student is recommended to take 40 cr of the major courses and 20 cr of others during the first year. The special assignment can also be completed during the summer between the first and second year in the programme.

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