Master's Programme in Computational Physics, 120 credits

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Aim and purpose of the programme

In the Master's Programme in Computational Physics you will learn how to translate a mathematical model of a physical phenomenon into a robust computer program and then how to analyse the results from your calculations. You will study courses in programming, mathematical and numerical methods and deepen your knowledge in physics.

Degree and job market

This master's programme is designed to teach a physicist how to construct and apply numerical models to complicated physical phenomena. This does however not limit you as a master of computational physics. Your acquired knowledge has a much wider application. You will learn to analyse, model, and with a computer program describe complicated phenomena and to interpret the results of your calculations. This will make you an attractive collaborator in different areas ranging from academic particle physics over medical imaging all the way to fund analyst in the Bank of England!


During the first year you will study basic courses, the mathematical methods of physics, programming a high level language and numerical methods. You will deepen your knowledge in electricity and magnetism as well as statistical physics – a course where you also will start to apply your knowledge

in numerical methods. In a course called computational physics you will learn how to use program packages in the form of numerical libraries to model physical phenomena.

During the second year you are able to deepen your knowledge in subjects like theoretical chemistry, condensed matter physics or analytical mechanics. You can also choose to study numerical methods in electromagnetism or fluid mechanics. If you are fascinated by large calculations we offer a course in which you learn how to use large parallel computers.

At the end of the Master's Programme in Computational Physics you will do a masters diploma project of 30 to 60 credits. Here you will have an experienced supervisor in computational physics from the Department of Physics. You will be able to apply your acquired model building to attack current problems in modern physics. You can also choose to do your diploma project in a company and you will then have an additional supervisor from that company.

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