Study plan for MAMNFY-OPTIKK Optics, spring 2021

Name of qualification

Master of Science in Physics - optics.

ECTS Credits

Two uears of full-time study, where the normal workload for a full-time student is 60 ECTS for one cademic year.



Language of Instruction




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.

Required 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

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: 

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 is comprised of:

  • An independent piece of scientific work (PHYS399 Master¿s thesis in physics) of 60 ECTS
  • PHYS263 Laboratory (10 ECTS)
  • PHYS264 Atmospheric and marine optics (10 ECTS)
  • Courses or special curriculum of a total of 40 ECTS chosen in agreement with the supervisor.

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: PHYS263 - PHYS205 - elective course

2. semester: PHYS264 - elective course - elective course

3. semester: Master's thesis

4. semester: Master's thesis

Recommended electives

The following courses are recommended as a part of the bachelor or master¿s degree:

Other courses in the master¿s degree are chosen in agreement with the supervisor.

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, workshops, self-study and laboratory-/field work. 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.

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.


Optics gives opportunities to work within technology related companies (in particular within optical technology), research, programming, as well as work in public administration, and teaching.


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