Advanced Engineering/Master's Degree Programme, 5 years

Applied Physics and Mathematics

- Give life to the equations!

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How are we to understand the physical world around us? Based on physics, system understanding and mathematical models we can predict the progress of climatic changes, the flow in oil reservoirs, development of new materials and nanotechnology.

No man would have set foot on the moon, and no parent would have had the chance to see his or her child on ultrasound if not for creative people with a profound background from physics and mathematics. Transistors and lasers provided the basis for the development of computers and communication technology, and mathematical disciplines such as higher arithmetic, numerics and statistics form the basis for a substantial part of computer technology. Physics and mathematics are the seeds that produce almost all technological development.

What is Applied Physics and Mathematics?
Applied physics and mathematics form the basis of all technological development. Physics is a science based on experiments, measurements and mathematical analysis to find physical laws for everything from microcosmos to macrocosmos. Mathematics is the language of science and technology, and it is also an important part of our cultural heritage. It's a work in progress.

The time it takes from an idea in physics are born until it comes to technological application, becomes increasingly shorter. Mathematical and statistical analysis, mathematical modelling and calculation techniques can be used to solve a wide variety of problems in various subject areas. Climate studies, medicine, electronics and renewable energy can illustrate the range of applications.

As an Applied Physics and Mathematics graduate, you will acquire knowledge that enables you to contribute to the technological development. You will also be part of an increase in the understanding of the world around us and how it develops.

Why choose Applied Physics and Mathematics?
NTNU is the university of science and technology for all of Norway.
Here you will meet friends both from Norway and abroad. To study applied physics and mathematics is not geeky, but on the contrary future-oriented, and it is suitable for girls as well as for boys. If you would like to study abroad, NTNU supports you with a lot of options. A fifth of the students take part of the education abroad.

Course Objectives
In the first two years, the programme will give all students an introduction to physics, mathematics, chemistry, information technology and selected non-technological subjects. Together, these form the basis for the main profile which is chosen later in the programme. The students are at this stage of the programme supposed to develop general analytical capabilities that are important for a Master of Science in Applied Physics and Mathematics. In the last three years, you will select specialisation in one of the three programmes; biophysics and medical technology, applied physics or industrial mathematics.

Main profiles
The Master of Science is carried out over five years. The first two years, is a determined run with common topics for the whole class. During the last three years, you will specialise in one of three main profiles, which you will select during the second year.

Master of Science in Applied Physics and Mathematics offers the following main profiles:

Language of instruction

Master's Degree

1st year, autumn semester:
Mathematics 1
Mechanical Physics
Information Technology, Introduction
Philosophy and Theory of Science

1st year, spring:
Mathematics 2
Mathematics 3
Electricity and magnetism

2nd year, autumn:
Technology Management
Wave Physics
Mathematics 4K
Fluid Mechanics

2nd year, spring:
Introduction to Quantum Physics
Thermal Physics
Procedural and Object-Oriented Programming

3rd-5th year:
One of the following courses is chosen:
Applied Physics
Biophysics and Medical Technology
Industrial Mathematics