Physics, Materials science - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 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.
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/
Video about the MAX IV Laboratory
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Requirements and selection
Bachelor s degree of at least 180 credits in physics or the equivalent. The degree must include at least 90 credits in physics. Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, particularly qualifying courses, and a statement of purpose for the application (from the applicant s Summary sheet ).
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.
Start Autumn Semester 2020
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31 August 2020 - 5 June 2022
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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 that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (see the section above on this webpage).
- 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.
*Svensk student? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se.
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' (PDF 27 kB, new window) when you apply for this programme.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
First payment: SEK 72 500
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.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada and UK student finance