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MSc

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4 semester

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full-time

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August

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About Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Linköping University

This is a competitive programme that provides students with specialist knowledge in the area of new materials. Huge advances in modern technology and products in recent decades have to a large extent relied on developments in this field.

The importance of advanced materials in today's technology is best exemplified by the highly purified semiconductor crystals that are the basis of the electronic age. Future implementations and applications of materials in electronics and photonics involve such subjects as nano-scale physics, molecular electronics and non-linear optics.

With support from internationally competitive research activities in materials physics at Linköping University, the programme has been established with distinct features that offer students high‑level interdisciplinary education and training in fundamental solid state physics and materials science within the following areas:

  • Electronic materials and devices
  • Surface and nano-sciences
  • Theory and modelling of materials
  • Organic/molecular electronics and sensors.

Advanced equipment training

The programme emphasises the comprehension of scientific principles and the development of personal and professional skills in solving practical engineering problems. Studies begin with mandatory courses, including nanotechnology, quantum mechanics, surface physics and the physics of condensed matter, in order to provide students with a solid knowledge foundation for modern materials science and nanotechnology. Moreover, through courses in experimental physics and analytical methods in materials science, students gain extensive training in operating the advanced instruments and equipment currently used in the research and development of new materials.

In-depth CDIO courses

A variety of elective courses is offered from the second term onwards, many of them involving the use of cutting-edge technology. These courses give students a broad perspective of today's materials science research and links to applications in semiconductor technology, optoelectronics, bioengineering (biocompatibility), chemical sensors and biosensors, and mechanical applications for high hardness and elasticity. Students will also be instructed through in-depth CDIO (Conceive - Design - Implement - Operate) project courses, to develop abilities in creative thinking and problem solving.

Students complete a thesis project in the area of materials science and nanotechnology, either with an in-house research group or the industry.

The programme provides students with the knowledge and skills required for modern science and technology. Graduates will be prepared for careers within academia or the industry, in materials-related research and development. The research activities in materials science at Linköping University are strongly linked to cutting-edge technologies in the field. Therefore, the demand for talents in materials science and nanotechnology is large both in research institutes and industry. For example, wide-bandgap semiconductors, high-performance soft materials, as well as hybrid smart materials, are of great interest in Swedish and European industry.

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Notes about fees for this course

Citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland must pay tuition fees for higher education in Sweden. Exceptions might apply. For detailed information please check www.universityadmissions.se. Higher education studies for citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland are free of charge.

Generally, tuition fees at Linköping University are between SEK 80,000 and 136,000 per academic year.

Tuition fees at Linköping University include the following benefits:

  • Swedish language courses for beginners
  • The Swedish state's insurance FAS+, including accident and property cover
  • An accommodation offer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in physics, applied physics, materials science, electronics engineering or equivalent. The Bachelor's degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) shall be from an internationally recognised university. The university has to be listed in the latest edition of the International Handbook of Universities (http://www.iau-aiu.net/).
  • 20 ECTS credits mathematics/applied mathematics and/or application of mathematics relevant for the programme including courses in calculus, linear algebra, vector calculus, Fourier transforms and differential equations.
  • 20 ECTS credits in physics including courses in mechanics, wave physics, modern physics, electromagnetism and thermal and statistical physics.
  • English corresponding to the level of English in Swedish upper secondary education (English 6/B). This is normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test.

 

Selection for the January application round is based on merit rating (grade tariff) at three levels. If necessary, applicants within the same merit group will be selected by lot.

  • Group 1: High
  • Group 2: Good
  • Group 3: Low 

Degree requirements

  • Bachelor's degree as specified in the entrance requirements
  • All compulsory and elective courses from the curriculum completed so that 120 ECTS is reached
  • At least 90 ECTS on advanced level including 30 ECTS courses from the major subject Applied Physics/Physics and 30 ECTS master's thesis in the major subject Applied Physics/Physics
  • Master's thesis (30 ECTS) on advanced level, in the major subject Applied Physics/Physics, examined at the Faculty of Science and Engineering

 

Courses with overlapping content are not allowed to be included in the degree. Courses included in the Bachelor's degree can never be included in the Master's degree.  

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