Structure, content and study tracks

The scope of the Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences is 120 credits (ECTS), which can be completed in two years. It comprises 90 credits of advanced studies (incl. a Master’s thesis of 30 credits) and 30 credits of other studies.

The programme includes two study tracks: Elementary Particle Physics and Cosmology and Astrophysical Sciences. You can find more information about the study tracks and their course packages below.

The preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found on the Instructions for students website. Make sure to select the correct programme from the drop-down menu. Please note, that some courses will not be lectured every academic year.

The Master’s Programme in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences includes two study tracks:

  • Elementary particle physics and cosmology
  • Astrophysical sciences

The study track in elementary particle physics and cosmology focuses on experimental or theoretical particle physics or cosmology. The theories that form our current understanding of these issues must be continuously re-evaluated in the light of new experimental results. In addition to analytical computational skills, this requires thorough mastery of numerical analysis methods. In experimental particle physics, the main challenges pertain to the management and processing of continuously amassing data.

The study track in astrophysical sciences focuses on observational or theoretical astronomy or space physics. Our understanding of space, ranging from Earth’s near space all the way to universal structures, is being continuously redefined because of improved experimental equipment located both in space and on the Earth’s surface. Several probes are also carrying out direct measurements of planets, moons and interplanetary plasma in our solar system. Another key discipline is theoretical astrophysics which, with the help of increasingly efficient supercomputers, enables us to create in-depth models of various phenomena in the universe in general and the field of space physics in particular. Finally, plasma physics is an important tool in both space physics and astronomical research.

The courses in the programme have been compiled into modules. Both study tracks contain a mandatory core module that includes a research seminar. The courses typically include lectures, exercises, group work and research literature and end in examinations and/or final assignments. In addition, some studies can be completed as book examinations.

Ad­vanced stud­ies (90-120 cr)
 

Compulsory courses (35 cr)
PAP301 Seminar in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences (5 cr) (including individual study plan)
PAP350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
PAP399 Maturity test (0 cr)

Compulsory core package (5-10 cr)
PAP332 Introduction to Particle Physics I (5 cr)
OR
PAP326 Cosmology II (5 cr)
PAP325 Introduction to Particle physics II (5 cr) (choose also this one, if you choose PAP332)

Optional course packages (45-80 cr)

1. Quantum physics
FYS2019 Quantum statistics (5 cr) (if not included in the BSc degree)
TCM302 Quantum mechanics IIa (5 cr)
TCM303 Quantum mechanics IIb (5 cr)
TCM304 Mathematical methods of physics IIIa (5 cr)
TCM305 Mathematical methods of physics IIIb (5 cr)

2. Instrumentation of particle physics
PAP338 Gaseous radiation detectors and scintillators (5 cr)
PAP339 Semiconductor radiation detectors (5 cr)
PAP340 Physics of semiconductor devices (5 cr)
PAP328 Laboratory course on instrumentation (5 cr)

3. Experimental methods in particle physics
PAP327 Particle physics phenomenology (5 cr)
PAP329 Particle physics experiments (5 cr)
PAP331 Computing methods in high energy physics (5 cr)
PAP334 Statistical methods (5 cr)
MATR323 Basics of Monte Carlo simulations (5 cr)
+ courses from particle physics package (5-15 cr)

4. Particle physics
PAP325 Introduction to Particle physics II (5 cr)
TCM311 Quantum field theory I (10 cr)
TCM312 Quantum field theory II (10 cr)
PAP344 Introduction to the Physics of Neutrinos (5 cr)
PAP346 Path Interal Quantization of Gauge Field Theories (5 cr)
+ courses from exp. methods in particle physics package (5-10 cr)

5. Cosmology
PAP326 Cosmology II (5 cr)
PAP335 General relativity (10 cr)
TCM311 Quantum field theory I (10 cr)
TCM312 Quantum field theory II (10 cr)
PAP341 Galaxy Survey Cosmology (10 cr)
PAP342 Cosmological Perturbation Theory
PAP345 Gravitation waves (5 cr)

Other studies in study branch (0-5 cr) (BSc study level courses)
FYS2081 Cosmology I, 5 cr (compulsory for MSc degree if specializing in Cosmology and not included in BSc studies)

Other stud­ies (0-30 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.

Ad­vanced stud­ies (90-120 cr)
 

Compulsory courses (35 cr)
PAP301 Seminar in Particle Physics and Astrophysical Sciences (5 cr) (including individual study plan)
PAP350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
PAP399 Maturity test (0 cr)

Compulsory core package (15 cr)
PAP302 Open problems in modern astrophysics (5 cr)
PAP303 Statistical Inverse Methods (5 cr)
PAP304 Plasma Physics (5 cr)

Optional course packages (40-70 cr)

1. Observational astronomy course package
PAP306 Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy I (5 cr)
PAP307 Advanced Course in Observational Astronomy II (5 cr)
PAP308 Special Course in Observational Astronomy (5 cr)
PAP309 Interstellar Matter (5 cr)
PAP310 Radio astronomy (5 cr)
PAP311 Small Bodies in the Solar System (5 cr)
PAP312 Time Series Analysis in Astronomy (5 cr)
PAP313 Variable Stars (5 cr)

2. Theoretical astronomy course package
PAP314 Electromagnetic scattering and absorption (5 cr)
PAP315 Electromagnetic Scattering I (5 cr)
PAP316 Electromagnetic Scattering II (5 cr)
MATR322 Scientific Computing III (10 cr)
PAP317 Galatic and Solar System Dynamics (5 cr)
PAP318 Galaxy formation and evolution (5 cr)
PAP319 High Energy Astrophysics (5 cr)
PAP320 Radiative Transfer (5 cr)

3. Space physics course package
PAP305 Space Applications of Plasma Physics (5 cr)
PAP321 Solar Physics (5 cr)
PAP323 Advanced Space Plasma Physics (10 cr)
MATR322 Scientific Computing III (10 cr)
PAP324 Numerical space physics (5 cr)
MATR323 Basics of Monte Carlo simulations (5 cr)

 

Other stud­ies (0-30 cr)

Other studies can include study modules or individual courses from other programmes as agreed in personal study plan. Also practical training and language studies can be included.