Department of Physics

SPEDE spectrometer

Dr. Philippos Papadakis, Marie Curie Fellow of 2015-2016, installing the SPEDE spectrometer.

Master's Degree Programme in Nuclear and Particle Physics at the University of Jyväskylä

Want to study physics at a world-class research institute and get a master's degree? JYFL is an internationally recognized centre of research and education.

The research profile of the Department of Physics

The research activity of the Department is focused on two main research areas, subatomic physics and materials physics.

In the field of subatomic physics, the Department is the largest research unit in Finland. Our activities in subatomic physics covers various areas of nuclear physics, particle physics, and particle cosmology. In all fields, there are teams working on both experimental and theoretical aspects, so you can find a field which best suits your interests.

Experimental activity in nuclear physics is concentrated in the Accelerator Laboratory of the Department. Research interests include exotic nuclei and superheavy elements and the properties of nuclei far off the beta-stability line. Our researchers also take part in experiments carried out in laboratories abroad, e.g. at CERN ISOLDE and GSI/FAIR. In theoretical nuclear physics our groups develop microscopic nuclear models with applications in both traditional nuclear spectroscopy and processes involving connections to particle physics. Both the experimental and theoretical nuclear physics groups come together with accelerator-based materials physics and applications to form an Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence.

In particle physics the main activity is concerned with the physics of ultrarelativistic heavy ion collisions, which is studied experimentally in the CERN ALICE experiment, and theoretically. The Department is also active in underground neutrino and cosmic ray physics. In particle cosmology focus is on the study of dark matter and dark energy, as well as quantum transport phenomena. In subatomic physics, the Department is strongly involved in and contributes to the research programme of the Helsinki Institute of Physics, HIP.

Under the banner of materials physics, our experimental groups carry out research in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center, in the Nanotomography Laboratory, and in the Accelerator Laboratory.

The study of the structure of matter with accelerator methods is one of the areas of strategic profiling of the University of Jyväskylä. The Department of Physics with 180 employees, 550 students, and a budget of 15 M€ is today the largest department in the University of Jyväskylä devoted just to one academic discipline.

Education and extra-curricular activities

Development of the quality of teaching is of high priority in the Department. We are continuously pushing to incorporate new teaching methods and practices in order to improve the learning outcomes and to make studies more enjoyable and rewarding to our students.  We encourage the students to put more emphasis onto peer learning and self-directed studies, as this is known to be a more effective and deeper way to learn than via traditional lectures. According to a survey conducted at the University level of the M.Sc. students who graduated in 2012, the teaching of the Department is held in quite high regard. The full 100 % of the physics students taking part in the survey assessed the education they obtained in the Department as having a high quality.

Jyväskylä is located in Central Finland, approximately 300 km north of Helsinki. The city has a vibrant atmosphere and a long tradition in teaching and higher education. It is surrounded by beautiful nature with its thousands of lakes and forests. A wide range of outdoor activities can be pursued throughout the year, from cycling and canoeing to cross-country skiing and other winter sports. Read more about studying in Jyväskylä.

The International Master’s Degree Programme in Nuclear and Particle Physics has attracted students from all around the world, e.g. from Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Pakistan, Syria and China.

The master's studies in physics are tuition free and the next application period is 1 December  2015 - 22 January 2016. For foreign students the department has reserved an amount of funding totaling 6000 €/year (500 €/month/student) for a maximum of 2 years. Foreign students accepted to the programme can apply for the funds using a free-form application letter.

In Jyväskylä you’ll find great facilities, awesome teachers and a lot of opportunities to develop your career.
The degree is adaptable to your interests and you’ll find an awesome international atmosphere.
” (Elias, Spain)

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