• Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

Acoustics - the science of sound - describes vibrations and distribution of such, in the form of waves propagating in all types of matter (gases, liquids, solids), at audible and non-audible frequencies. Such topics range from nanophysics to cosmic physics. Acoustics is about understanding the physical processes occurring in the interaction of sound waves with matter, and to exploit these processes, e.g. in measurement methods and instruments. Modern acoustics is a science in rapid development and growth, with numerous important application areas within industry and society. Examples include petroleum, medicine, fisheries, marine science, geoscience, materials technology, electronics, etc.

The master programme in acoustics provides a thorough introduction to the science of sound, with emphasis on ultrasound. During the master education, the student is - through supervision - trained in conducting an independent scientific work, related to an ongoing research activity in the acoustics group. The master thesis consists of theoretical and/or experimental work, often combined with numerical modelling. The student is trained in methods used in basic research and applications of ultrasound, such as e.g. within technology, medicine, marine science, etc. Emphasis is laid on conscious evaluation of own work and published research, besides of skills in presenting the work in scientific writing and orally.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After a completed master's degree in acoustics the candidate should be able to:


  • convey facts and discuss basic theories within acoustics
  • explain the fundament for use of acoustics in selected areas, such as within medicine, measurement instrumentation, marine science, etc.
  • explain selected experimental methods and measurement techniques within acoustics
  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of acoustics at a good level, and specialized insight in a more narrow area connected to the master thesis project.


  • carry out an independent and limited research project under supervision, with a large degree of independence and own initiative, in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • manage and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy, and use programming tools to analyse and process data
  • analyse problems in acoustics, and discuss ways to explore these with the aid of theory and experimental methods
  • orient oneself in the scientific community and collect, analyse, and utilize, necessary knowledge and tools needed to carry out a research project
  • analyse and critically evaluate scientific sources of information, and apply these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas within acoustics
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, in light of data and theories within the relevant scientific field

General knowledge

  •  be able to analyse scientific problems in general, and participate in discussions about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give skilled written and oral presentations of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses, and conclusions within acoustics, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people's work
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This programme is available for citizens from within the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:


Autumn (main admission) and spring (supplementary admission)

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in physics. Students with a bachelor's degree in other natural sciences or engineering may be admitted if his/her background in physics and mathematics is found to be sufficient for the master's programme.

To qualify for admission to the master's programme, the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree, should normally be at least equivalent to a C in the Norwgian grade system.

If there are more qualified applicants to the programme than there are vacancies, the applicants will be ranked on basis of the grades achieved under the bachelor's degree. For international students residing abroad, the admission is extremely competitive.

Who may apply

The Master's Programme in Physics, specialization acoustics, is not offered to applicants from outside the European Union/EEA and Switzerland.

For more information about the application procedure for students residing in Norway (with Norwegian ID-number) please see:


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About the programme

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Department of Physics and Technology

Study section: studie.fysikk@uib.no

Department of Physics and Technology: http://www.uib.no/en/ift