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Faculty of Science and Technology
Education profile: General academic
Overview of the programme and majors:
Physics is one of the most crucial research area in modern science. Discoveries of new phenomena, deepening of knowledge about the structure of matter and related interactions and understanding the consequences of natural laws and scientific theories lead to changes in the world around us.
Physics brings together advanced experiments, computations, and theoretical considerations to describe what is unknown. Experiments are carried out on highly sophisticated facilities/equipment, often as part of international collaborations. Developments in physics result in new technologies that are extensively used in a wide range of industries, including the health and environmental sectors. The computational aspects use machine learning and other advanced techniques in data science. Theoretical physics aims to predict physical systems' behavior and interpret the experimental results in terms of mathematical models of the physical world's structure and evolution.
The Physics Master's degree program is closely related to the A. Chełkowski Institute of Physics' scientific activities. Students will participate in the Institute's activities, including regular seminars, colloquia, and workshops involving physicists worldwide. Students will also be involved in a research-level project as part of their dissertation. The study program and scientific research will be carried out at the Chorzow campus of the Silesian University and partly within the framework of activities based on cooperation between the Institute of Physics and many prestigious institutions worldwide.
This program provides exposure to frontier physics activities and develops general transferable skills related to data analysis, research, and communication. The program leads to careers in research, teaching, and industry and develops very valued computing skills.
The education in Physics at the second-degree level (2-year master's studies) is realized in English in two specializations: Fundamental and applied physics and Nanophysics and mesoscopic materials - modeling and application (Polish-French studies).
Education in both specializations is consistent with the 2020-2025 Development Strategy of the University of Silesia in Katowice and Poland's development strategy (Poland 2030). It serves the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Due to each specialization's curriculum's specificity, the relationship of the field of study with the Development Strategy, including the University mission, has been described for each specialization separately.
Specialization: Fundamental and Applied Physics - Relation to the development strategy and mission of the University.
The establishment of the specialization in Fundamental and Applied Physics in 2021 resulted from the need to adapt education to socio-economic demands. The curriculum considers the priorities and operational goals defined in the Strategy for the Development of the University (aimed at transforming the University into a research university of international significance and prestige), including the assumptions of the program "ONE UNIVERSITY - MULTIPLE POSSIBILITIES. Integrated Programme.". Education aims to educate highly specialized specialists to meet the employment market's needs, including expanding the expert faculty by graduates of the University.
Education at the Fundamental and Applied Physics specialization is closely connected with scientific research conducted at the August Chełkowski Institute of Physics. This research is related to the most important contemporary challenges to civilization and is part of the University's Priority Research Areas (POB). The range of offered subjects includes education in theoretical physics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed phase physics, nuclear and particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology, and physics applications in various fields. The curriculum also includes subjects to enhance computer skills. The offer is in line with the following Priority Research Areas of the University: Harmonious human development - concern for health protection and quality of life, Modern materials and technologies and their socio-cultural implications, Environmental and climate change with its attendant societal challenges, the study of the fundamental properties of nature.
Education within the specialization of Fundamental and Applied Physics is realized by involving students in the research work of functioning research teams and individualizing the education process.
The educational process is carried out in an environment that supports the acquisition of knowledge, based on current trends in education (the diploma module is the central axis of education, the ability to choose the path of education following the interests of the student), teaching methods (project and problem-based learning, classes in small groups, online and hybrid forms of education that increase flexibility and the degree of interaction between the teacher and the student) and scientific and research apparatus.
The curriculum of Fundamental and Applied Physics strongly reinforces the internationalization of the University. All classes are conducted in English, which improves Polish students' language competencies and enables international students to undertake studies at the University or realize a part of the curriculum under academic exchange programs (e.g., ERASMUS +). The program also provides a possibility to serve an internship in foreign academic or scientific institutions or companies with a profile related to the specialization.
The Master program in Physics specialization offers a broad selection of courses, covering all the main topics of modern physics. The aim is to prepare graduates for various forms of a career in research institutes, R&D institutes and modern high-tech industry, as well as to continue their education at the PhD level.
The candidates who completed 1st cycle studies, 2nd cycle studies or long-cycle studies in the following degree programmes: physics, medical physics, technical physics, may apply for admission.
The admission criterion is the Bachelor’s, Master’s or Engineer’s degree diploma grade.
In the case when the number of candidates exceeds the limit of places, admission is decided by means of the ranking list, created on the basis of the degree diploma grade.
A study candidate is obliged to submit a relevant medical certificate confirming the lack of medical contraindications to take up studies in this degree programme.
Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023
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for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.
No tuition fees
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for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis
Tuition paid in full
Tuition paid in 3 installments
Faculty's contact details
Faculty of Science and Technologyul. 75 Pułku Piechoty 1A
Contact for foreigners
International Admissions OfficeBankowa 12, room 76