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 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. Both the University of Jyväskylä and the Department of Physics have done well in recent university rankings.

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. Read more about the research interests of different research groups from the groups' websites and the Department's annual report.

Education and extra-curricular activities

The University of Jyväskylä is one of the largest and most popular multidisciplinary universities in Finland. Our seven faculties are today hosting some 15 000 students from all over Finland and from nearly 100 countries around the world. 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.

Finnish education has received international acclaim for its high quality and Finland is famous for success in the PISA review (The Programme for International Student Assessment). Studying in Finland is regarded as relatively independent and the relationship between students and teachers is informal. At the Department of Physics our students have the chance to work in research groups from an early stage in their master’s studies and get lots of hands-on practice in working as a part of a research group for example as a summer trainee. The lecturers and professors are easy to approach and also student counsellors support our students in making a personal study plan.

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.

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. “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)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.

In Finland education is free for everyone and therefore the master's studies in physics are also tuition free.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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