Optics and atomic physics

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

The Master¿s programme in optics and atomic physics gives a broad basic understanding of current challenges in the field. The work with the master thesis involves analysing measurements and models, and evaluating the results in light of the hypotheses that are tested. The study will give experience with oral and written presentation of results and theories, and training in reading and evaluating relevant scientific literature.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After a completed Master¿s degree in optics and atomic physics the candidate should have:


  • convey facts and discuss basic theories about interaction between light and matter
  • explain selected experimental methods and measurements techniques in optics, or explain modelling methods in atomic physics
  • show general advanced knowledge in optics and atomic physics , and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the Master degree project


  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and 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 space physics 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 space physics
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

General knowledge

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within space physics, 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:



Who may apply

Bachelor's degree (3-years) within relevant discipline.

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

The specialization optics and atomic physics within the Master's Programme in Physics 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:


More information

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