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Reveal the secrets of nature with a Master in Physics!

Reveal the secrets of nature with a Master in Physics!

Do you wish to dive into an area of physics and work independently with a thesis in a specialisation you think is exciting? Our MSc Physics will provide you with this opportunity, and we can offer these in several fields of study.

With a Master in Physics, you are attractive in the labour market, both in the public and private sectors, in areas connected to research, consultancy, engineering, and education.
In physics, we try to reveal the secrets of nature, from the microcosm of elementary particles to the macrocosm of astrophysics. Between these two extremes, there is a wealth of subjects, ranging from biophysics at a cellular level and medical research to the development of new understanding in fields such as nanotechnology and climate. At present, these and many other areas are advancing in fascinating ways that you get to delve into when you study physics with us.
This is what you’ll learn when you study physics:

  • You’ll have the background and experience required to model, analyse, and solve advanced problems in physics.
  • You’ll be able to apply advanced theoretical and/or experimental methods, including the use of numerical methods and simulations.
  • You’ll learn to combine and use knowledge from several disciplines.
  • You’ll learn to critically and independently assess and evaluate research methods and results.
  • You’ll have the ability to develop and renew scientific competence -- independently, via courses or through PhD studies in physics or related disciplines.
  • You’ll be able to enter new problem areas that require an analytic and innovative approach.
  • You’ll learn how to disseminate subject matter and results to both specialists and a broader audience.

Study Components

During the Master’s in Physics, you’ll specialise in a specific field of physics. Half of the course, corresponding to 60 ECTS credits, is devoted to your thesis. Under the supervision of one of the members of the department’s scientific staff, you will work with a physics research project on a high level. The other half of the programme consists of courses.
One of the courses is compulsory: the interdisciplinary Experts in Teamwork (EiT). All other courses are elective and are selected in collaboration with your supervisor.
Here are the study components

Seek admission

It is crucial to ensure you meet all the requirements for an MSc Physics before seeking admission at NTNU.
For admission to the programme, you are required to hold a Bachelor’s degree in physics, equivalent to 180 ECTS credits. Alternatively, consideration will be given if you have a Bachelor’s degree not in physics, but with a sufficient formal background in calculus-based physics (a minimum of 80 ECTS credits) and mathematics (a minimum of 30 ECTS credits).How to seek admission

Job opportunities

With a Master’s in Physics, you are attractive in the labour market, both in the public and private sectors, in areas connected to research, consultancy, engineering, and education. When you study physics, you develop working methods that are useful in a broad range of jobs. Employers value physicists due to their comprehensiveness and ability to approach various problems systematically by the use of theoretical, numerical and experimental methods. Explore job opportunities

Study Environment

You’ll find the faculty centrally situated at Gløshaugen campus, in surroundings internationally acclaimed for more than 100 years of scientific research. The Department of Physics is within the most modern and up to date building on the campus, the Natural Science Building. More About Study Environment


Our student advisors are free to be contacted for all questions about the MSc Physics programme, i. e., compulsory and optional subjects, exams, deadlines, etc. Please contact the advisors if you have any questions.
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Programme components 

Master of Science in Physics gives you a unique opportunity to get directly involved in internationally recognized research groups, and access to high standard infrastructure.

The specializations in physics at NTNU is closely related to the Department of Physics' research activities. 

The Department of Physics is organized in seven research divisions:

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