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Department of Physics

Curriculum

Academic Goals 

The academic goal of the graduate education in the Department of Physics is to provide the basic experimental methods and theories essential for understanding the principles of nature. We will cultivate the global leaders of the next generation in Physics.

Fields of Study

  • Elementary Particle(High-Energy) Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Optics
  • Statistical Physics
  • Nonlinear Dynamics & Biophysics

Degree Requirements

Students for the master’s degree 

1) Students for the master’s degree are required to complete 24 credits in total.

 

2) 12 credits for the core courses: Classical Mechanics (3 credits), Classical Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits), Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits), Writing Physics Papers(3 credits)

 

3) The department of Physics strongly recommends that each major student follows guidelines of the standard curriculum.

 

4) 2 credits for Research Guideline Course(DKK500) per a semester.

 

 

Students for the doctoral degree

1) Students for the doctoral degree are required to complete 30 credits in total.

 

2) Students who didn’t complete core course requirements(Classical Mechanics (3 credits), Classical Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits), Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits), Writing Physics Papers(3 credits)) in their master degree programs, they have to complete the core course requirements in their doctoral degree programs.

 

3) The department of Physics strongly recommends that each major student follows guidelines of the standard curriculum.

 

4) 2 credits for Research Guideline Course(DKK500) per a semester.

 

 

Students for the integrated master-doctoral degree program

1) The applicants can show their intention when they apply for graduate admission or during the second semester of their master’s degree. The number of candidates for the integrated program will be determined within the total number of annual Ph. D. admissions for the Department of Physics.

 

2) Graduate students admitted for the integrated degree after the completion of two semesters for the master’s degree will continue their degree for the doctoral degree without writing a master’s thesis.

 

3) Students for the integrated program are required to complete 48 credits in total.

 

4) 12 credits for the core courses: Classical Mechanics (3 credits), Classical Electromagnetic Theory I (3 credits), Quantum Mechanics I (3 credits), Writing Physics Papers(3 credits)

 

5) The department of Physics strongly recommends that each major student follows guidelines of the standard curriculum.

 

6) 2 credits for Research Guideline Course(DKK500) per a semester.

 

7) Students who have already entered the integrated master-doctoral degree program and subsequently decide not to complete the doctoral degree but still want to receive the master’s degree should fulfill the course credit requirements and thesis to obtain the master’s degree.

 

 

Addendum

1) Students entering a master’s degree program, a doctoral degree program and an integrated master-doctoral degree program shall, at the commencement of their first semester, consult with their academic advisor to determine advisor designated courses. This addendum follows the constitution of the graduate school and detailed enforcement regulation for graduate school article 29 (Advisor Designated Courses).

Students who holding a bachelor’s degree in physics or having a degree with similar majors may exempt from their advisor designated courses.

 

2) Graduate students in a master’s degree, a doctoral degree, and an integrated master and doctoral degree program can take courses offered by other departments. However, the department of Physics admits up to 6 credits as major subjects.

 

3) All the other contents follow the constitution of the graduate school and detailed enforcement regulation for graduate school.

 

4) The above degree requirements apply to all graduate students enrolled in the spring semester 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation Exam for the Academic Level

Master’s degree program
  1. The students should pass the evaluation exam covering 3 core courses: Classical Mechanics, Classical Electromagnetic Theory I, Quantum Mechanics I.
석사과정 기초공통 3과목

Major

Core courses

Elementary Particle (High-Energy) Physics

Nuclear Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Quantum Optics

Statistical Physics

Nonlinear Dynamics & Biophysics

Classical Mechanics

Classical Electromagnetic Theory I

Quantum Mechanics I

Doctoral degree and integrated master-doctoral degree program
  1. The students should pass the evaluation exam covering 5 core courses: Classical Mechanics, Classical Electromagnetic Theory I & II, Quantum Mechanics I & II.
박사과정 및 석·박사통합과정 기초공통 3과목

Major

Core courses

Elementary Particle (High-Energy) Physics

Nuclear Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Quantum Optics

Statistical Physics

Nonlinear Dynamics & Biophysics

Classical Mechanics

Classical Electromagnetic Theory I & II

Quantum Mechanics I & II

 

 

 

Comprehensive Exam

  1. The purpose of the comprehensive exam is to ensure the students are knowledgeable enough with their area of research and to estimate their basic understanding of physics.
  2. tudents who want to apply for the comprehensive exam should satisfy the following conditions:

    12 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher, and pass the evaluation exam for the Master’s course

    21 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher, and pass the evaluation exam for the Ph. D. course

    30 credits, GPA 3.0 or higher, and pass the evaluation exam for the integrated course

  3. All the students take the exam on four core courses from their fields. The comprehensive examination is composed of oral interview.

Major

Core courses

Elementary Particle (High-Energy) Physics

Nuclear Physics

Condensed Matter Physics

Quantum Optics

Statistical Physics

Nonlinear Dynamics & Biophysics

Classical Mechanics

Classical Electromagnetic Theory I

Quantum Mechanics I

Writing Physics Papers