Name of qualification

Master of Science in Physics - Measurement technology and nanophysics

ECTS Credits

Two years of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 credits for one academic year.



Language of Instruction




Objectives and content

Measurement technology is an important part of our everyday life, and the limits of what can be measured are increasingly stretched by utilizing various chemical and physical characteristics of materials, from nano to macroscopic scale, for the development of renewable energy sources, sensors and instruments. New and improved measurement technology for micro and nanoscale characterisation also plays a very important role for development of renewable energy technology.

A specialization in measurement technology requires a good knowledge of the physics behind the different measuring principles, as well as insight into the process to be measured. New methods and materials make it possible to develop sensors where one can draw more information out from each individual measurement. The master program focuses on optical and electromagnetic measurement principles. Energy technology and measurement systems for renewable energy are being developed, such as solar cells, rain cells and other types of renewable energy sources. In addition, sensors and imaging systems for characterization of particles and structures, from microscopic to nanoscopic level are being developed.

The research work methods, which is an important part of the education, ranges from theory and modeling to experiment and development of prototypes. The research work is often carried out in close cooperation with industry and research establishments like Christian Michelsen Research AS.

The master program in measurement technology gives a broad foundation and good understanding of current issues in measurement technology. In the master's thesis work the analyzed measurements and results are considered in light of the hypothesis being tested.

Required Learning Outcomes

OA candidate who has completed his or her qualification should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge skills and general competence:


The candidate

  • can explain selected experimental methods and techniques within measurement technology
  • can show that he/she has advanced knowledge within measurement technology on a high level, and specialized insight into a limited area linked to the master project.


The candidate

  • can conduct an independent research project under supervision, but with a high degree of independence and personal initiative in line with research ethical norms.
  • can analyze issues in measurement technology and discuss ways to explore these using theory and experimental methods

General competence

The candidate

  • are able to analyze scientific problems and participate in discussions on different ways of solving research problems
  • are able to provide good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and research results

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in Physics, Measurement technology and nanophysics, you need a bachelor degree in Physics or related fields.  

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify: 

  • Bachelor degree in Physics 

Bachelor degrees that qualify 

  • Bachelor degree in Physics 
  • Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document courses in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equation, Function of Several Variables, Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Basic Measurement Science and Experimental Physics, Modern Physics, Project in Physics 

You also need to document: 

Recommended previous knowledge

In addition to the bachelor degree, competence in general physics and mathematics is needed. Basic knowledge in programming is also strongly recommended.

Compulsory units

The master¿s programme consists of two components: Coursework of 60 credits and an individual research project (master¿s thesis) of 60 credits.

Courses: The courses PHYS208 ¿Solid state physics¿ and Phys205 ¿Electromagnetism II¿ are compulsory. In addition, there are 40 credits of elective courses (and special curriculum if applicable) chosen in agreement with the supervisor.

Master¿s thesis: PHYS399 Master¿s thesis in physics of 60 credits. The master¿s thesis must be submitted within a deadline at the end of the fourth semester, 20 November or 1 June.

Recommended study plan:

1. semester: PHYS208 - PHYS205 - HTEK301

2. semester: elective course - elective course - master's thesis

3. semester: elective course - Master's thesis - Master's thesis

4. semester: Master's thesis

Recommended electives

40 course credits in the Master's programme are elective and have to be chosen in agreement with the supervisor.

Courses of interest could be HTEK201, HTEK202, HTEK301, PHYS206 ¿Statistical physics¿, PHYS263 ¿Laboratory course in optics¿, PHYS264 ¿Atmospherical and marine optics¿ or PHYS271 ¿Acoustics¿, NANO161 and/or special curriculum.

Sequential Requirements, courses

The recommended sequence of the courses in the programme can be found under the heading ¿Compulsory units¿.

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement

Teaching and learning methods

The Master¿s thesis is an independently scientific work, under supervision of an academic supervisor.

A combination of teaching methods is used in the various courses, mainly lectures, hands-on laboratory, seminar and self-study. You may find more information in the course description.

Assessment methods

The final step in the programme is an oral presentation and examination after the master¿s thesis is submitted and evaluated.

The most common assessment methods in the courses are oral examination. The assessment methods for each course are described in the course description.

Grading scale

At UiB the grades are given in one of two possible grading scales: passed/failed and A to F.

The master¿s thesis will be graded A to F.

The grading scale for each course is given in the course description.

Diploma and Diploma supplement

The Diploma, in Norwegian, and the Diploma Supplement, in English, will be issued when the degree is completed.

Access to further studies

To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral education (PhD) the candidate must have completed a master¿s degree.

To qualify for the Doctoral education (PhD) at UiB the average grade for the master's thesis, the Master's degree and the bachelor's degree should be at least C.

In order to get enrolled you have to be granted a fellowship for doctoral training.


A master degree in measurement technology and instrumentation qualifies for research and development work within industry, business and research. Work within public administration and in school work (permanent recruiting address require Basic teaching training) is also possible.

A master's degree in measurement science qualifies for PhD degree studies in measurement science or nearby fields, which opens for teaching and research at universities, university colleges and research institutes.


The programme will be evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Programme committee

The programme committee is responsible for the academic content, the structure and the quality of the program

Administrative responsibility

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences by the Department of physics and technology, holds the administrative responsibility for the programme.

Contact information

Please contact the academic adviser for the program if you have any questions:


Phone: + 47 55 58 27 66