What Fabian says about the Master's in Physics
Fabian Motzfeld from Germany
Why did you choose to study at Lund University, Sweden?
I wanted to study somewhere where I only needed the English language to study, because I don't have a third language that I can speak well enough for university studies. So I was also looking at Great Britain, the USA and Japan, but felt particularly attracted to Scandinavia. I imagined it to be more advanced than Germany in political matters such as environmental policies and so on.
What is your impression of the Physics programme?
The small class sizes are something I really like about this university – one professor to 20 students. I am used to 200 students in one class, at least in the Bachelor's classes. The programme is very international; at a typical physics lecture here you can expect at least half of the people to be international, which I could never imagine being the case at my old school, since a lot of the teaching is in German.
How do you find the programme's course selection?
Something really good about this programme is that you have a lot of freedom to choose your own courses. They really have a lot to of courses to choose between so you can take several different tracks.
The best part being a student here is that you have a lot of freedom and can choose your own path; if you want to work parallel to you studies, if you want to study from home, at the library or in the department when you have no classes. It is really nice.
What is your impression of the lectures?
I like that the labs go together with the courses, so the theory and the labs are parallel, which makes it easier to understand the theory behind the lab in comparison to if you have the lab and the theory as two separate courses.
What about the lecturers?
The relationship between teachers and students here are much more personal. First of all, they have enough time for all of their students; you can go to their office and they will most probably take their time to help you if they are there. Secondly, all of our professors are researchers and the professors and bring their own research into our education.
Does the programme sufficiently prepare you for a carreer in the field of study?
Definitely! I want to do a PhD after I graduate and the courses I have taken so far can really relate to what I want to do in the future. If you do not want to do a PhD you can do quite a lot of things as a physicist, since you know a lot of math; for example, work at a consultant firm. If you have taken some business courses, like I have, you are even more employable and you can work at banks since they want statistics and so on. You can also always become a teacher in maths and physics. And since you know mechanics, electronics and optics you can become an engineer.