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Physics, Materials science - Master Programme

Master's programme2 years120 credits

Materials are what make up everything around us and their properties are critical to the performance of any system or device where they are used. Almost every aspect of modern society is touched by a technology made possible by advances in materials. For example, the internet and mobile phones would not be possible without optical fibres and semiconductors. The study of materials is based on the relationship between the properties of a material (which determine its functionality), its structure, and the way that the material is assembled. Materials science is inherently multidisciplinary and includes subjects from both basic sciences and engineering, and from physics and chemistry.

The Master’s programme in Materials Science is a flexible and interdisciplinary programme for postgraduate students with a strong interest in learning about how important properties of materials depend upon the materials’ structure and constituents. The characterisation of materials by spectroscopy, diffraction and microscopy is an important dimension in the programme, and the new materials science facilities - the MAX IV synchrotron radiation laboratory and the planned European Spallation Source (ESS) for neutronbased research - are in focus.

It is possible to combine theoretical or computational studies with experimental approaches within the programme. The goal of the Master’s programme is to produce well-rounded materials scientists who are able to apply the principles of materials science for carrying out engineering and/or research projects. The programme emphasises application of advanced technologies in materials science. The close proximity to large-scale facilities and excellent materials science research groups provides excellent opportunities for inspiring Master’s thesis research projects.

Career prospects

Materials science is an important field for a variety of areas of science and engineering, and graduates will be qualified for employment in fields ranging from industry to research laboratories in areas such as astrophysics, communciations, life sciences, energy-related materials and at facilities such as the MAX IV laboratory and the European Spallation Source (ESS). Both of these large laboratories require trained staff with a good knowledge of experimental techniques in materials science and physics in general. Graduates of the programme will be well qualified for PhD programmes in Physics and Physical Chemistry.

More information can be found at http://www.fysik.lu.se/english/education/start-studying/masters-programme/materials-science/

Contact

Undergraduate Programme of Studies in Physics within Faculty of Science
Sölvegatan 14 C, 223 62 Lund
Box 118, 221 00 Lund
+46 46 222 77 21

Johan Knutsson

Study advisor

+46 46 222 38 48

johan.knutsson [at] sljus.lu.se

Mathieu Gisselbrecht

Study advisor

mathieu.gisselbrecht [at] sljus.lu.se

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A BA/BSc in physics, mathematics or similar, with 90 ECTS in Physics and/or mathematics. English 6/English Course B.

Selection criteria

based on previous university/college studies and other merits such as letters of recommendation and statement of purpose

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under "Entry requirements").  This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency - check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.

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Important dates

Start Autumn semester 2017

Study period

Application

daytime Lund, full time 100%

In English

August 28, 2017 - June 7, 2019

Closed for applications

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
 

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in
  • Start your application – go to www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period
  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline
     

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
  • Get all your documents ready: official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants), official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants), passport/ID and proof of English proficiency (all applicants)
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated on this page
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable) before the document deadline

*Note that the process if different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus +).
*If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme.

Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must submit a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation when you apply to this programme.

 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000

First payment: SEK 72 500

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Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions


*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

 

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

 

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.

Scholarship options at the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations