Master’s degree in Physics

General Objectives of the Course

The objective of the Master's course in Physics is to train professionals with high-level knowledge and skills in Physics. To provide advanced knowledge of theoretical and experimental physics. • Provide solid and in-depth knowledge of nuclear areas of Modern Physics (Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Computational Modeling and Simulation). • Develop skills in experimental and computational methods of Physics at an advanced level (instrumentation, data analysis, experimental planning, scientific methodology). • Develop a professional profile of integrity and honesty in research. • Train the ability to solve problems, including the development of physical models and their simulation, using computational means. • Carry out original supervised research in Physics, which will be publicly defended in a dissertation in Physics to be carried out in the last year of the course.

Admission Requirements

A Physics degree, first cycle in Engineering Physics or related area, or to hold a learning, scientific or professional curriculum that the Program Coordination recognizes as sufficient to attest the ability to complete this cycle of studies.

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

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.

Mode of Study

Full-time, Face to face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese, English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever the grade comprises more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

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.

Course Coordinator(s)

João Pedro Trancoso Gomes Rosa

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law nr 74/2006, 24th March, in its current wording

Graduation Requirements

Public defense of a dissertation.

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.

Study Programme

Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Simulation and Computational Modelling

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Continuity Master Programme

DGES Code: 9657

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Continuity second cycle


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