Approximately 25 Masters of Science and 30 Doctors of Science graduate annually from the Department of Applied Physics.

Undergraduate studies

The Department of Applied Physics provides a wide selection of undergraduate courses in basic physics both for the physics students in the Master (Engineering Physics) programme and Bachelor programme majors (Engineering Physics or Mathematics and Systems Sciences) as well as for students in other engineering degree programmes both in the School of Science and in the other schools. The physics laboratory experiments are an essential part of undergraduate studies. The department’s research groups provide topics and supervision for bachelor’s theses on various topical fields of physics.

In the master’s studies provided by the Department of Applied Physics, the students can further strengthen their knowledge in physical sciences within the major subjects of Engineering Physics and Physics of Advanced Materials. The Master's Programme in Engineering Physics has also a related international joint programme, Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability, or AMIS. The studies include courses in quantum mechanics, statistical physics, computational and experimental physics, materials and nanophysics, and in advanced energy technologies including fission, fusion or renewable energy sources. See further descriptions below.

Engineering Physics

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 provides 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 more extended major.

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.

Recent Master’s thesis topics of Engineering Physics students include, e.g. Framework for a positron microscopeCollective dynamics of multimode circuit optomechanical systemsTop quark reconstruction in the analysis of charged Higgs bosonsElectron-beam induced optical superresolution in integrated light-electron microscopyOptical modelling of dye solar cells and colour characterizationEvolutionary Design of Plasmonic Nanoantennas for Multispectral Applications.

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Physics of Advanced Materials

In the Physics of Advanced Materials major the students concentrate on materials in the wide sense. The academic environment provides a spectrum of contacts with top-notch research into advanced materials. The students are expected to focus either on experimental or theoretical and computational physics. The major is intended both for research-oriented students and for those who are particularly interested in advanced materials.

The major is comprised of core major studies and an extended major studies where the student chooses either a theoretical/computational or experimental track, reflecting his/her research interests.

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Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS)

Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (AMIS) major will tackle the theme substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimised performance, but will also cover material chain optimisation for end-of-life products and product and services design for the circular economy — all of which are central themes of the EIT RawMaterials. The primary focus of the adaptation is on metal and mineral raw materials; bio-base and polymer materials are covered in view of their substitution potential and other materials in the context of multi-material product recycling. In addition, AMIS includes a solid package of courses and project work in innovation and entrepreneurship.

The mobility of the students is an integrated part of the programme and during the two-year programme, the students will study at two of the consortium partner universities. The first year studies are taken either in Aalto, Grenoble INP or TU Darmstadt (two semester: autumn + spring). For the second year, the students move to one of these exit universities: Aalto, Grenoble INP, TU Darmstadt, Université de Liege or Université de Bordeaux 1. Upon completion of the programme, students will receive a double degree.  The language of instruction of AMIS programme is English.

The AMIS programme will boost young professionals to become change agents with an entrepreneurship mindset able to safeguard the sustainability of EIT RawMaterials throughout the industrial and research landscape.

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Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS, degree structure options in the Engineering Physics major. Physics of Advanced Materials major follows the degree structure option on the left. Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability major the degree structure is different from the other majors. For more information, please see the study guide.

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Special Assigments

Students’ special assignments are an essential part of the master’s studies and department’s research groups provide topics and supervision for special assignments and for master’s theses.

Graduate studies

The Department of Applied Physics is highly committed to doctoral researcher training of which the research groups bear the main responsibility. The postgraduate students have a large flexibility and responsibility in the postgraduate studies. Graduate training networks at the School of Science provide also training in terms of courses, Summer Schools and Workshops.

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