Physics, Second Cycle

In the program one can choose between seven degree tracks: Condensed matter physics, Physics of elementary particles and nuclei, Technical physics and photonics, Computational physics, Mathematical physics, Biophysics, Astronomy and Meteorology.

Level:
2
Number of years:
2
Credits per year:
60
Duration:
2 years (4 semesters), total of 120 ECTS credits
Professional title:
Master of Science in Physics, abbreviation: M.Sc.Phys.
Coordinator(s):
Employment opportunities

Graduates of the Physics study course have employment opportunities in fields such as:
research,
higher education,
information technology industry,
electric and electronic industry,
telecommunications,
optics industry,
machinery industry,
civil engineering,
energetics,
pharmaceutical industry,
health care,
certification institutions,
education and media,
finance,
governmental institutions (agencies),
etc.
Majority of successful candidates is expected to enroll also for the 3rd cycle degree program.

Basic objectives of the programme

The aim of the program is to educate researchers and specialists with the advanced knowledge of physics and the knowledge of physical laws of nature with the ability for critical thinking and a critical approach to solving a wide palette of problems and exercises. The suggested degree tracks represent a vague specialization, which is, because of a small number of obligatory courses, still flexible enough in the specialization and inter-disciplinarity. The program also enables students of other, especially technical and natural science programs, to deepen their knowledge on the physical principles and laws in connection with their specialization. The program is based on mastering theoretical material and the application of those (in connection with practical learning).

The program offers seven degree tracks, about which the students decide and adapt on the basis of their own interests and tutorial advice.

Condensed matter physics educates researches in the fast developing field of material science and the resulting technological applications.

Physics of elementary particles and nuclei is aimed at the future researchers of fundamental forces among the basic building blocks of nature and the impact of those on the world in which we live. It educates students in the application of the newest detector technologies.

Technical physics and photonics prepares students to become highly qualified specialists for the work with optical and other technologies in modern research and development.

Computational physics is aimed at model analysis and simulation of physical processes, which are applied in a broad range of contemporary fields of work.

Mathematical physics combines the knowledge necessary in the field of theoretical physics and the connected field of theory of chaos.

Biophysics educates researches and specialists in the basics of theoretical and experimental knowledge about the building stones of biological systems.

Astrophysics is intended for future researchers of the Universe, its beginning, evolution and it’s nowadays properties.

The listed options enable students who finish the suggested study course employability and successful work in a wide palette of research and applicative industries in science and technical science, medicine, economy, computing, etc.

General competences

By finishing the program students get the ability for:
abstraction and analysis of problems,
collection, critical judgment and synthesis of data, measurements and solutions,
identification of data necessary for creation of new knowledge,
creation of new knowledge on the basis of existing theories and available data,
usage of knowledge in practice (especially for modern technologies),
interdisciplinary integration of scientific knowledge,
autonomous professional work and work in (international) groups,
communicating and passing professional topics to the wider public.

Subject-specific competences

As one of the basic natural sciences Physics enables:
an in-depth understanding of the physical laws of nature,
connection of basic laws of nature and observable properties of nature,
ability to creatively pose physical problems and the analysis of those,
ability of mathematical formulation of physical problems,
deduction of the physical basis of practical problems,
ability to model the physical problems,
advanced physical experimental skill,
critical evaluation of the results of measurements and the usage of these results in building (or upgrading) physical models,
understanding of operating principles of technological devices on the basis of physical laws,
presentation of physical methods and results, adapted to the target audience (in native and foreign language),
ability of passing the physical knowledge.

Admission requirements

Master study program is open to:
a) a) applicants who have completed the 1st cycle degree program in the field of physics (program Physics, program Meteorology with Geophysics);
b) b) applicants who have completed the 1st cycle degree program in other fields; The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics may impose additional requirements amounting to 10 - 60 ECTS before enrollment. These requirements can be completed during the 1st cycle degree program, at dedicated training programs, or by passing exams before 2nd cycle degree program admission. The content and number of exams is subject to decision of the Study committee of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics;
c) c) applicants who have completed pre Bologna reform 3 year higher education professional study program in the field of physics (program Techniques of Measurements in Physics);
d) d) applicants who have completed a pre-reform 3 year higher education professional study program in other fields, if candidates fulfill the essential study related requirements in the amount of 10-60 ECTS. These requirements can be completed during the 1st cycle degree program, at dedicated training programs, or by passing exams before 2nd cycle degree program admission. The content and number of exams is subject to decision of the Study committee of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

Enrollment is also open to candidates who have completed equivalent education, defined in items a) to d) abroad. They can enroll under the same conditions as candidates who have completed education in Slovenia. Prior to enrolment in the 2nd cycle degree program the candidates must submit their documentation of education for verification.

Selection criteria in the event of limited enrolment

In case of restricted enrollment, applicants from item a) and b) above are selected by:
grade average at the 1st cycle degree program or equivalent pre-reform study (85% točk),
bibliography and awards (15% točk).
Applicants from items c) and d) above are selected by:

grade average at the 1st cycle degree program or equivalent pre-reform study ((180-KTdi)/1,8 % of points),
d) grade average at required exams (requirement of 10-60 ECTS) (KTdi/1,8 % of points),
where Ktdi stands for number of ECTS at required exams.
Number of available places is 60.

Each year the requirements are presented in detail in the Call for enrollment published by the University of Ljubljana, and confirmed by the appropriate ministry of the Republic of Slovenia.

Criteria for recognising knowledge and skills obtained prior to enrolment in the programme

Student’s knowledge and other skills obtained from other types of education can be accepted as part of study obligations if the content and amount corresponds to the requirements of the program. The official process of the acceptance is done by the Study committee of FMF based on the written application of a student, his certificates and all other documents proving successfully obtained knowledge and the content of that knowledge.

The study committee will take into account the following:

comparability of the amount of received education and the required amount of education in the program subject which is being recognized,
relevance of the content of received education to the content of the program subject which is being recognized.
Knowledge that is accepted by the Study committee is evaluated in terms of ECTS points the same as the one obtained at the corresponding program subject.

Assessment methods

Types of examination are defined in the learning plans of individual subjects. General rules of examinations are determined by internal regulations of FMF. Types of examination are: colloquiums from seminar exercises, defense of colloquiums, oral exams from seminar exercises, seminars and work projects, defense of seminars and work projects, defense of laboratory exercises, written tests, oral exams from lectures. The grading scale used is in accordance with Statute of the University of Ljubljana. All types of examinations are evaluated with grades from 1-10, where grades 6-10 are considered positive and grades 1-5 negative.

Conditions for advancement under the programme

To enroll in the second year, student must complete two of obligatory courses of chosen degree option and achieve at least 52 ECTS.

To re-enroll in the current study year, a student needs to:
a) achieve at least half of all possible credits of the current study year (30 ECTS),
b) fulfill all the requirements from previous study years.
Re-enrollment is only possible once in the course of study program; change of a study program as a result of non fulfilled requirements from previous study program is also counted as re-enrollment.

Conditions for transferring between programmes

Transitions between study programs are coordinated with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the Study programs transitions criteria. Transition to 2nd cycle degree program Physics is possible:
a) from the 2nd cycle degree programs in the field of physics;
b) from the 2nd cycle degree programs in other fields; the Study committee of FMF decides upon imposing additional exams (up to 60 ECTS) and the study year of enrollment;
c) from 4 year pre Bologna reform study programs in the field of physics. For a candidate up to 60 ECTS of fulfilled requirements can be recognized;
d) from 4 year pre Bologna reform study programs in other fields; the Study committee of FMF decides upon imposing additional exams (up to 60 ECTS) and the study year of enrollment.

Candidates have to fulfill the admission requirements of the program into which they are transiting.

The requirements for transition are fulfilled also by candidates who have completed equivalent education, defined in items a) to d) abroad. They can enroll under the same conditions as candidates who have completed education in Slovenia.

For candidates transiting to the selected program from other professional fields, the required amount of knowledge is the one gained at the 1st cycle degree study program of Physics, Meteorology with Geophysics or Techniques of Measurements in Physics, or equivalent courses of other study programs, lowered by 60 ECTS. This knowledge has to be demonstrated in the form of additional exams.

Conditions for completing studies

To finish the program, student must successfully complete all requirements in the amount of 60 ECTS per study year (together 120 ECTS). Student finishes the program with a successful preparation and defense of master's thesis. Student defends his master thesis after completing other study program requirements in the amount of 100 ECTS.

Classification
  • KLASIUS-SRV: Masters education (second Bologna cycle)/Master (second Bologna cycle)
  • ISCED:
  • KLASIUS-P:
  • KLASIUS-P-16:
  • Frascati:
  • SOK level: 8
  • EOK level: 7
  • EOVK level: Second cycle

Curricula for orientations