• Years2 years
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Study startAutumn
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

Optics is about understanding the properties of visible, ultraviolet and infrared light. It is about studying how light interact with matter, and how instruments can be built that either detect light directly or use light to measure other parameters.

The Master¿s programme in optics 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.

The Degree

Master of Science in Physics - optics.

Professional Prospects

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.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

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


  • convey facts and discuss basic theories about interaction between light and matter
  • explain selected experimental methods and measurements techniques.
  • show general advanced knowledge in optics, and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the Master¿s 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 optics 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 optics
  • 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 optics, 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

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

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

How to Apply



Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in Physics, Optics, 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: 

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