Master’s degree in Physics

Department of Physics

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Academic year




Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits



Continuity second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

José António de Carvalho Paixão (jap@pollux.fis.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Silva Ferreira Lopes (isabel@lipc.fis.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
• Provide advanced knowledge of theoretical physics and experimental physics.
• Provide solid and deep knowledge of specialised cores of modern physics (Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Computational Modeling and Simulation).
• Develop skills in experimental and computational methods at advanced level (instrumentation, data analysis, experimental design, scientific methodology).
• Development of a professional profile of integrity and honesty in research.
• Training ability to solve problems, including development of physical models and simulation using computing resources.
• Conduct innovative supervised research in Physics to be publicly defended in a dissertation in the final year of the course.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Deep knowledge and understanding of Physics, with emphasis on subjects of Modern Physics, in particular those related to the branches of the Master’s course: Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics and Computational Modeling and Simulation.
Familiarity with basic and applied research in Physics.
Problem solving skills.
Experimental skills, including manipulation of state of the art instrumentation and data acquisition.
Modeling, simulation, algorithmic development and coding skills. Critical thinking in the construction of physical models, being able to adapt available models to new data.
Estimation skills, evaluating orders of magnitude in different situations; use of known solutions in new problems; ability to appreciate the significance of the results.
Literature search skills.
Human and professional skills, including ethics awareness, science communication and management skills, presentation of scientific communications in English, relevant to Physics research.
Mode of Study
Daytime, full-time and face-to-face
Access to Further Studies
Students with the Master in Physics degree may proceed to a 3rd cycle of studies, conducting at the PhD title in Physics.
Admission Requirements

a) Holders of the Bachelor’s degree or legal equivalent;
b) Holders of a foreign academic degree according to the principles of the Bologna Process by a State acceding to this process,
c) Holders of a foreign academic degree that is recognized as meeting the objectives of the bachelor’s degree by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology;
d) Holders of an academic, scientific or professional curriculum that is recognized to attest the capacity to carry out this cycle of studies by the Scientific Council of Faculty of Science and Technology.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
In order to the Master in Physics course, the student should have a diploma of 1st cyle studies. Previous learning relevant to the Master’s curriculum may be recognized by request of equivalence to curricular units of the Master’s curriculum, that will be evaluated by the academic authorities.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law n.º 74/2006 of 24 March in the current wording and Order n.º 9957-D/2007 of May 29 with the modifications set Order n.º 12475/2009, of May 26 and Order n.º 9081/2011 of July 15
Professional Goals
Research activities in R&D laboratories, in universities, industries, the services and financial sector; in development and testing of software, in development and maintenance of instrumentation, in healthcare units; teaching and outreach of science activities in schools, interactive science outreach centres and science museums.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
Grading of each curricular is given as an integer number in the range 0 to 20. Students with a minimum grading of 10 are approved. Assessment is either periodic assessment or final exam. Whenever the assessment of the curricular unit comprises more than a single item of evaluation, final grading is calculated taking into acount the grading of each assessment item, expressed by a formula that is made public. The assesment rules are those written in the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra, regulation nº 321/2013, Diário da República, 2.a série — N.o 162 — 23 de agosto de 2013.
Graduation Requirements

Public defense of a dissertation

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2016-10-06 a 2022-10-05
R/A-Ef 1576/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18