Depending on your interests and skills you can choose to complete your master's studies with different profiles, specializing in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or in experimental or theoretical particle physics. The master studies give you a holistic view of nuclear and particle physics to critically, independently and creatively identify, formulate and deal with complex issues resulting in a capability to contributing to research and development work. Such training and skills are suitable for a wide range of professional careers, including that of an academic researcher.
A student completing the Nuclear and Particle Physics program offered by University of Jyväskylä will possess a subset of the following skills (dependent on course selection choices, list not exhaustive):
- Masters the basics of quantum field theory and is able to apply it in particle physics phenomenology
- Is familiar with the elements of the general relativity
- Understands the standard model of cosmology, the structure of the universe at large scales and the thermal history of the early universe
- Has knowledge of the neutrino physics phenomena and basic theoretical formalism
- Is experienced in using numerical methods at a level that gives ability to apply them in wider contexts
- Has learned particle physics and cosmology at a level sufficient for graduate studies in any other university
- Is familiar with a number of models of nuclear structure
There is an existing and continuing need for experts in nuclear and particle physics, not only in fundamental research but also in industry. The birth of new research facilities and experiments requires not only experimental, but also theoretical expertise in these fields. The need is at the international level, not just the national level. The pressure to reduce carbon emissions and increasing energy demands means that nuclear power is being reconsidered and even expanded in many countries.
Again, these developments require experts to ensure safe operations, to avoid clandestine use of nuclear materials and to ensure an informed and reasonable discussion on the use of and exposure to radiation and radioactivity, both man-made and naturally occurring. The spin-offs and applications borne from fundamental research into nuclear and particle physics are manifold, and too numerous to discuss here. Examples are the use of radioisotopes in medicine and medical imaging, prospecting (oil, etc), explosive detection (neutron activation), the world-wide web, etc.
Also as mentioned above, training within an international-class research infrastructure brings with it a large number of other skills which enable graduates to be competitive in working life outside research and academia. Graduates from the Department of Physics have been generally successful in finding employment, and graduates from the Accelerator Laboratory have been sought after by other similar institutes due to their comparatively high level of experience.
- Students in the Nuclear and Particle Physics Master's Degree Programme take basic courses in nuclear physics and particle physics during the first autumn term.
- After that you can, depending on your interests and skills, choose to complete your master's studies with different profiles, specializing in experimental or theoretical nuclear physics or in experimental or theoretical particle physics.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in physics from a university with an internationally recognised academic standing, or equivalent qualifications. Successful candidates should have basic knowledge in quantum mechanics and proven interest in science.
International12000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Jyväskylä
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.