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Choosing a Master's degree in Physics

  1. Nov 23, 2016 #1
    I am a physics student from Spain and hopefully I will be finishing my degree in physics (4y) by next June.

    I am trying to decide on a Master's program to study but I am finding very difficult to decide since there are so many oportunities and so diverse specially when looking for programs abroad.

    I consider myself a good student. I will be finishing my degree with an average close to 9.0/10 and I am also persuing a degree in mathematics on the side. I would prefer to study abroad since I belive it will be a great experience plus masters programs in my unviersity aren't that good, I could go to Madrid or Barcelona but I don't want to limit my possibilities. I have always had some fascination with nordic countries but I don't really have any preference in terms of country, just one where people understand english.

    My interests in physics are very theoretical but recently I have been developing an interest in experimental physics too since in my last year I have started to use some real research equipment and laboratories which have nothing to do with what I had used before. I had originally considered quantum computation but I like quantum physics in general, condensed matter physics etc. I would love to do a phd afterwards and work on a research instution doing some mix of theoretical and experimental work, I had always some kind of conditioning towards theoretical physics since my math background and good averages but I have realised I love the lab so I wouldn't want to give that up (:

    I don't know where to start my search so I would appreaciate sugggestions, specially somewhere where I could apply for a scholarship and have a reasonably chance of getting it.

    Thanks everyone for your help, I hope I have explained myself clearly.
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  3. Nov 25, 2016 #2
    hello there. From all that you said above, I think you should have a look at the site of the university in Jyväskylä, Finland.
    My teachers who work on theoretical Physics do suggest it :)

  4. Nov 25, 2016 #3


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    What a coincidence, I actually did my physics master's degree in Jyväskylä. They're currently accepting applications for the Nuclear and Particle Physics Master's program. Here's an introductory video about it:
  5. Nov 25, 2016 #4
    so is it as good as it is thought to be?
    what kind of topics do they focus on and what courses are taught?
  6. Nov 25, 2016 #5


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    It is quite good in international rankings. There's a national center of excellence in nuclear and accelerator physics in there, and also a Nanoscience Center where they do research on materials science related to nanotechnological applications. So there's a good amount of advanced nanotech and nuclear physics courses available there. Unless you find the idea of living in a small town of less than 100000 people unpleasant, I can recommend it.
  7. Nov 25, 2016 #6
    sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing the info with us.
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