DEGREE DESCRIPTION

 

Name of the degree

 

Masterís Degree in Physics

 

Admission criteria

 

Pre-registration is open to students holding a graduate degree in any scientific field, engineers and architects. Specialised technicians, architectural engineers and first-cycle graduate students with 180 credit degrees (technical studies being the most appropriate background) may also apply, in agreement with the requirements of article 16 and ďdisposiciůn adicional cuartaĒ of R.D. 1393/2007 of October 29.

Candidates holding a degree in non-scientific fields may also apply for admission. The Academic Committee will consider their applications and propose the most appropriate pathway in each individual case according to the candidateís certified previous academic qualifications.

The Academic Committee may interview candidates before submitting the corresponding report to the Physics Departmental Council.

To apply for admission, students must complete a pre-registration form and hand it in personally or submit it electronically to the relevant staff member at the postgraduate administrative services of the Faculty of Sciences. Students holding degrees from universities other than the UIB must include in their application authenticated photocopies of the relevant documents concerning their degree as well as an academic certification from the University issuing that degree.

The Academic Committee will consider all the pre-registration applications, including the cases involving recognition of credits, and will evaluate the candidateís certified qualifications before presenting the recommendation for admission to the Physics Departmental Council. Recommendations shall include pathway suggestions for students whose previous educational background is not the most appropriate for entering the Masterís programme.

The Physics Departmental Council shall appoint, at the beginning of each academic session, a number of tutors for the Masterís degree, with a maximum of 10 students each.

Department members holding a PhD degree for at least two years and wishing to supervise Masterís thesis within the Masterís programme, shall inform the Academic Committee about the title of the subject before the start of the academic session. The Academic Committee will publicize the list of topics offered to the students who will inform their tutors of their choices during the first semester. Students with a 180 credit degree will choose their Masterís thesis topic at the start of the second academic year.

If the number of topics offered is less than the number of students enrolled in the Masterís degree in Physics, the Academic Committee shall decide upon additional topics to meet the demand in consultation with thesis supervisors.

Recognition of credits

Students having† started third cycle studies

A- Students having completed a number of school and/or research credits in the PhD Programme in Physics may obtain their official recognition. The criterion used to recognise these credits will be 1,875 ◊ number of credits completed †=† number of ECTS credits. 

B- Students having completed a number of school and/or research credits in other PhD Programmes may also apply for recognition of these credits, which will be resolved by the Academic Committee. The criterion used for recognition being the same as above.

Students not having started third cycle studies

Specialised technicians, architectural engineers and first-cycle graduate students holding a 180 credit degree must take up 120 ECTS credits.

Specialised technicians, architectural engineers and first-cycle graduate students holding a† degree of more than 180 credits but less than 240 credits: the number of credits to take up will depend on their (certified) previous academic qualifications.

Students holding 300 credit or 240-credit degrees in Engineering, Architecture or Science degrees must take up† 60 credits.

Students holding 300 credit degrees in some non-scientific or technical area may pre-register, and their applications will then be evaluated by the Academic Committee as described above.

 

Professional and academic aims

 

The main academic aim is to provide students with a solid interdisciplinary basis for their doctoral studies in a department with a well-established academic and research tradition (25 PhD degrees have been awarded since 2002), as well as granting them actual contact with the world of research, as all the research groups teaching the various Master modules are currently engaged in research projects obtained in competitive calls for proposals sponsored by the EU and/or Spainís National Research Plan.

 

The relevance that research is given in the programme is clearly shown in its own structure, as it requires the student to write a Masterís thesis on some original research topic.

 

The courses in the Masterís degree in Physics have been adapted from the PhD courses offered in the PhD in Physics programme, which has been distinguished with the ďQuality AwardĒ by the ANECA (Spainís quality agency).

 

Furthermore, and from a professional point of view, the impressive changes and advances currently taking place in all areas of Physics make it essential for companies to hire graduate students possessing the necessary skills to address and solve problems in a creative and innovative way, with a level of knowledge higher than that typically associated with the average graduate degree. This necessity is especially clear in the case of companies with R+D+I departments.

 

The interdisciplinary knowledge and skills acquired in the Masterís degree in Physics are mainly sought, among others, in areas such as

 

Computing, electronics and telecommunications

Finances

Energy and environmental jobs

Pharmaceutical companies and other healthcare providers in general

Access to further studies

Students holding an official Masterís degree in Physics are eligible for admission to third cycle studies leading to the PhD degree by the University of the Balearic Islandsí in the Experimental Sciences and Technologies programme.

 

Programme structure: 60 credits per academic year

 

Students having to complete 60 credits to obtain the Masterís degree in Physics (see above) shall enrol on the Masterís thesis and on courses totalling† 40 credits to be chosen under the supervision of† the tutor, of those 40 credits only 10 may correspond to the† introductory courses indicated by an asterisk (*).

Students having to complete 120 credits (see above) shall enrol on courses totalling 60 credits during their first academic year, preferably on those corresponding to the introductory courses indicated with an asterisk (*), and on courses up to 40 credits and the Masterís thesis in their second academic year, always under the supervision of their tutor.

First academic year

Subject title

(link to subject description)

Number of Credits

Module

*Computational Tools in Physics

5

Physics and Computing

Data Analysis and Simulation in Fluid Dynamics

5

Physics and Computing

Stochastic Simulation Methods

5

Physics and Computing

Distributed Computing and Massive Data Processing

5

Physics and Computing

*Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

5

Astrophysics and Relativity

Astrophysical Plasma

5

Astrophysics and Relativity

General Relativity: Gravitation Waves and Cosmological Models

5

Astrophysics and Relativity

*Materials and their Technological Applications

5

Materials Physics**

Metallic Materials: Properties and Phase Transformations

5

Materials Physics

Experimental Techniques in Characterising Materials

5

Materials Physics

*Introduction to Statistical and Nonlinear Physics 

5

Nonlinear and Statistical Physics

Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Time-Space Complexity

5

Nonlinear and Statistical Physics

Cooperative and Critical Phenomena: Applications

5

Nonlinear and Statistical Physics

Nonlinear Phenomena in Biology

5

Nonlinear and Statistical Physics

*Descriptive Physical Oceanography and Meteorology

5

Geophysical Fluids

Waves, Instability and Turbulence

5

Geophysical Fluids

Spatial Analysis, Diagnostics and Simulation in Geophysical Fluids

5

Geophysical Fluids

*Instrumentation and Data Acquisition

5

Photonics and Electronics

*Microelectronics

5

Photonics and Electronics

Photonics

5

Photonics and Electronics

*Introduction to Quantum Systems

5

Many-Body Quantum Systems

Electronic Properties of Nanostructures

5

Many-Body Quantum Systems

Correlated Quantum Systems

5

Many-Body Quantum Systems

Masterís Thesis

20

Final Thesis

(**) Students in the Materials Physics module may enrol in courses in chemistry and materials physics (Zeolites and Materials (5 credits) and Characterisation of Solid Surfaces (5 credits)) from the Masters in Chemical Technology and Science programme. These courses do not require official accreditation.

Second academic year

The courses offered in the second academic year are the same as in the first year. Students having to complete 120 credits shall enrol on courses totalling 40 credits, always under tutorial supervision, plus the Masterís thesis.

 

Final exam

Public presentation and defence of the Masterís thesis.

 

Evaluation criteria and exams

The evaluation criteria for each course are given in detail in the corresponding course descriptions

 

ECTS departmental co-ordinator

 

The basic academic coordination relies on the Coordinator, Dr. Jaume Pons Morro, and the Academic Committee, composed of Dr Jaume Carot Giner, Dr Sebastiŗ Monserrat TomŠs and Dr Jaume Pons Morro.