New master’s programme in materials physics for nano and quantum technology

The answers to the huge challenges we are facing can be found in the smallest components of materials. The new master’s programme in materials physics for nano and quantum technology is intended to prepare students for pioneering research in academia and industry, targeted at the development of the materials of tomorrow.

Solar cells, smartphones, quantum computers, biomedical applications, and space telescopes are examples of applications using materials engineered on the nano scale. Linköping University is now adding an extra dimension to its study programmes within materials science with a master’s programme in materials physics for nano and quantum technology. The programme is based on the previous master’s programme in materials physics, and aims to attract both Swedish and international students.

“We wanted to give extra bite to the programme by combining courses based on high-quality research environments within materials science with courses in applications within quantum technology. The programme covers both the fundamentals and applications of advanced materials science. At the same time, it has a breadth within theoretical physics”, says Marcus Ekholm, senior lecturer in the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology and contact person for the programme.

Research within industry and academia

The new programme is built on a foundation of quantum mechanics, experimental physics, computational physics, and solid-state physics, together with optics and photonics. Students subsequently choose to specialise in tracks that include experimental nanophysics, computational physics and quantum technology, making it possible to adapt the programme to the student’s own interests.

During the final term, students take part in advanced research while writing their master’s thesis.

“We believe that the opportunity to work closely with research helps the students to mature and prepares them for work in either industry or academia. Materials science is a high-priority field here at LiU and the university offers good opportunities to continue in an academic career”, says Marcus Ekholm.

The programme will be taught in English and starts in the autumn term of 2021. Applications are now being accepted.

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