Why choose this programme?
Do you like to understand why the world is the way it is? This field of study gives you the opportunity to choose between a wide range of topics. You can specialize in everything from quarks, cancer research and high technology to geological processes and cosmology. You can work experimentally, numerically or with theoretical problems.
A brief description of the programme
Physics is about studying the fundamental laws of nature. You will learn about the interaction of atoms, the movement of waves, why time moves forward, and about elementary particles – fundamental processes in nature. But most importantly you will learn to reveal, understand and describe the underlying laws and connections of nature. You can become an outstanding problem solver, but also the one who poses the most important and fundamental questions. You will acquire skills which allow you to lay the foundation of the scientific and technological development.
Physics is the foundation for the development of both LED-light, quantum computing and solar panels, but also for our understanding of ocean currents and the movement of cells. During the coming years, new large scale experiments and observatories are expected to create breakthroughs within our understanding of the origin of the Universe, its smallest building blocks and the nature of dark matter and gravitation. Physics will in the future contribute towards the creation of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, medicine, computers and solving environmental challenges. Since physics deals with the fundamental laws of nature, new breakthroughs will also open doors for completely new applications and technologies that we cannot yet imagine. Physics is a necessary basis for almost all problems, and the tools that physicists utilize are under constant development.
The physics community at the University of Oslo has wide national and international recognition. We have two Centres of Excellence in research and one Centre for Excellence in Education. Those who teach have received several teaching awards and the master`s programme in physics has been ranked the best master`s programme in Norway in the areas of physics and chemistry.
As a physics student, you will learn to describe, explain and apply the fundamental laws of nature. You will learn to present results both in writing and orally. You will obtain deep knowledge of physics, but also skills regarding interdisciplinary cooperation. You will also acquire a foundation to develop within your programme option as well as professionally throughout the working life. A particular advantage this programme presents is the variety of possibilities you will get. Physics ensures numerous gateways into other relevant disciplines such as chemistry, geosciences, mechanics, biological sciences, electronics, materials science, nanoscience and medicine. Master`s degree graduates from physics have later pursued Ph.Ds within all of these areas.
The master's programme in physics gives you the possibility to choose a specialization within most core areas of physics. Half of the programme is writing a master's thesis, in which you get to work in one of our research environments under guidance of experienced researchers. The other half of the programme will primarily consist of courses that influence the topic of your master's thesis.
In this programme you may be immersed in one of the following programme options:
- Biological and Medical Physics – Here you will encounter physics applied within a wide range of problems related to biology and medicine.
- Materials, Nanophysics and Quantum Technology – This is a field of several special disciplines, for example low temperature phenomena (superconductivity), statistical mechanics and physical Electronics.
- Nuclear and Particle Physics – This field is about exploration of the smallest building blocks of the Universe, and the forces that interact between them.
- Physics Didactics – This area is concerned with teaching and learning in the field of physics, the subject`s distinctiveness and the role physics plays in society.
- Space Physics and Technology – Typical problems to be addressed are related to observations from satellites and sounding rockets.
- Theoretical Physics – The theory is related to nuclear and particle physics, cosmology and quantum phenomena for larger systems.
You will also have the opportunity of doing the master's thesis at one of the many research institutes in the Oslo region, and in addition at selected companies. It can also be possible to do parts of the master's programme abroad, for example at CERN or at Svalbard (UNIS).
We would like you to thrive as a student! The semester starts with joint meetings for all new students, in which you'll have the opportunity to become familiar with both new and old students and the staff, in terms of the study and social aspects.
If you have questions regarding practicalities of your study, or need guidance, you can contact us.
The University of Oslo has a rich student life with over 200 students' unions. Many students get involved within the Physics Union, which arranges various parties, business get-togethers, and pub nights with quizzes.
We have thriving exchange agreements in Canada, but its also possible to go to Svalbard, France, Italy, The Czeck Republic, Turkey and The United States. Read more about exchange.
Further studies and work
Physicists become employed within a large number of areas from finance and hospitals to engineering companies and public administration. After a master's programme, you will in addition to a firm understanding of physics have acquired a significant amount of training in analytical methods and thinking, furthermore programming and use of advanced computer tools. Such knowledge and skills are important in order to understand and analyse phenomena and processes in nature. Additionally knowledge and insights in physics are fundamental regarding modern high technology, and economists also acquire mathematical models from physics.
Many work tasks and carreer paths will be open. Some examples include research and development within the private and public sector, management and research administration, programming and development in the computer industry, medical physicists, in addition to teaching and imparting.
Some of the employers of graduates include: The Norwegian Veritas (DNV), Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, Oslo University Hospital, State Radiation Protection, Norwegian Hydro, Telenor, Norwegian Cancer Society, Norwegian Metrology Service, SINTEF, IDEAS, Inventura Tech, Accenture, Statoil, IBM, IFE, hospitals and x-ray institutes.
The master's degree in physics may qualify you for further ph.d.-studies in physics, and depending on the programme option, also within adjacent areas such as electronics and material science.
By completing a one-year programme in Practical Pedagogical Education (in Norwegian), you will qualify to work as a lecturer in schools.