Programme structure

The Master's programme Physics is a two-year full time study consisting of 120 ECTS credits.

The programme has the following structure:

  • Theoretical curriculum, 60 ECTS credits
  • Master's thesis, 60 ECTS credits

The programme has 6 programme options:

Programme structure for students who attended this study programme Autumn 2017 or earlier.

Course of study

Two possible courses of study are shown in the tables below.

Example 1

4. semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's thesis
3. semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's thesis
2. semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
1. semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

 Example 2

4. semester Master's thesis Master's thesis Master's thesis
3. semester Master's course Master's thesis Master's thesis
2. semester Master's course Master's course Master's thesis
1. semester Master's course Master's course Master's course
  10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits 10 ECTS credits

The Master's programme is regulated by the rules of The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

It is possible to carry out the programme part-time. In such a case it must be discussed with an advisor at the Department of Physics      

Theoretical curriculum

The following guidelines regard the composition of the theoretical curriculum with a total of 60 ECTS credits:

  • at least 40 ECTS credit courses on the 4000/5000-level, with the exception of 4000-level courses existing in a 3000-level version. 20 of these 40 ECTS credits need to be within the fields of physics or mathematics.
  • up to 20 ECTS credits of advanced bachelor`s courses from other fields may be included.
  • up to 10 ECTS credits may be special curriculum, or other professional training with the approval of the programme commitee.

The special curriculum is a series of lectures, books, overview articles etc which has a natural connection with the Master`s thesis. It should not include literature that you should have read anyway in order to get familiarized with the problem area of the research task.

Please see the structure for each programme option for a more detailed description of the theoretical curriculum.

There are mandatory courses in Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, in the beginning of the first semester:

Master's thesis

As a master’s student you get to specialize within your programme option. You must find your supervisor and a Master’s thesis in the first semester. The work with your thesis equals to a full academic year. The Master’s thesis is completed with an oral presentation and examination at the end of the fourth semester.

Students must complete their theoretical curriculum and all mandatory HSE-courses before their oral presentation and examination of the Master's thesis.

Recognition of Master's courses from former education

If you are admitted to the Master's programme and you have completed Master's courses outside the University of Oslo, you may apply to have these courses recognised as part of your degree. Please contact the Department of Physics for more information.

Diploma and degree

This programme leads to the following degree: Master of Science in Physics

The diploma is issued when you have completed the courses that meet the requirements for a degree. Read more about diplomas.

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Published May 23, 2017 12:28 PM - Last modified Feb. 8, 2018 11:42 AM