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Profile of Programme

The main objective of the Masters Graduate Program in Physics is to advance the scientific knowledge and research in Physics. Training of graduate students is central to the objectives and activities of the Department. The Masters Graduate Physics program aims to:

  • Attract talented local and international students with an undergraduate degree in Physics
  • Provide a solid background at graduate level in core areas of Physics (Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Statistical Physics)
  • Expose students to a wide range of Modern Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation.
  • Enable students to undertake and complete a novel research project under the supervision of an academic member of the Department.
  • Help students develop the necessary analytical, computational and/or experimental skills to complete a research project
  • Provide a stimulating learning environment via the offered courses and research opportunities, and via student participation in collaboration networks with major international research centers and universities, and in international conferences, schools and workshops
  • Produced high-quality graduates, who can pursue careers in academia, research, the industry sector, secondary education, private companies or the public sector
  • Maintain high academic standards in teaching; constantly update teaching subjects and methods in response to scientific advances and societal needs
  • Achieve and maintain a leading role in the Graduate Physics programs of Eastern Mediterranean Universities and Greek-speaking Universities.

Key Learning Outcomes

There follows an overview of the intended learning outcomes of the Master in Physics programme. Learning outcomes for each course of the program are provided in the corresponding course description.

By the time they fulfill the requirements of the Master degree, our students are expected to:

  • Master the standard core curriculum of a Physics Graduate degree, including, Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Statistical Physics and Modern Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation
  • Possess the appropriate theoretical, computational and/or experimental skills to carry out a research project in a specific area
  • Demonstrate ability to critically assess and analyze experimental data
  • Exhibit versatility and innovative thinking in addressing and managing open questions in a variety of contexts, as an essential asset for careers in research, industry, commerce, education and the public sector
  • Develop transferable skills such as: oral and written scientific communication, near fluent use of scientific English, use of information/communication technology, organization and planning of group work, ability to conduct extensive bibliographic search in advanced books and web-based electronic archives
  • Be able to present and defend a simple research activity both to specialists and non-specialists
  • Master the methods of scientific research in Physics and how these are applicable to other fields of research, beyond Physics.

Key Information

Department: Department of Physics

Faculty: Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences

Programme Name: Physics

Direction: Physics

Level of Qualification: 2nd Cycle (Master's Degree) [4 Semesters]

Mode of Study: Full time

Language of Instruction: Greek

Coordinator:

Fotis Ptochos (Associate Professor)

Curriculum Structure

Course Type ECTS
Compulsory
Core Courses 50
Specialized Courses 60
Restricted Elective Specialization 10
TOTAL ECTS 120

Courses per Semester

Conditions of Study

The number of places available are announced by the Graduate School announces the number of available positions, admission criteria, as well as other required documents that must be attached to the application such as:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognised University.
  • Previous University education (academic background) and grades of relevant degrees.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Personal interview and/or written examination (if required by the Departmental rules).
  • Submission of preliminary research proposal for admission to a doctoral course (if provided by the Department’s internal rules).
The Department may also set additional criteria and quality indicators such as: (a) number of students’ publications in scientific journals, (b) students’ participation in seminars, symposia, research programmes, (c) presentations at conferences, (d) knowledge of foreign languages, and (e) professional experience, etc.

Students must always consult the University Postgraduate Study Rules.  

Successful completion of the requirements of the Program.

The grading system is numerical, from 0 to 10 with increments of ½. The minimum passing grade is 5. The final grade is calculated as the grade point average of all courses passed by the student.

In a postgraduate programme of study, courses can be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. These courses do not count towards the student’s GPA, and may not exceed 25% of the programme’s ECTS, excluding the dissertation units. All courses are listed in the Postgraduate Studies Prospectus.

The diploma dissertation, thesis, research and writing stages are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Master level dissertations are graded on a qualitative basis, as Excellent, Very Good, Good, and Failure.

Further Information

Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples

The subject of Physics finds many applications to industrial production and, more generally, to the evolution of the economy. Physics graduates, especially the ones with a PhD or Master degree, are equipped with the practical and intellectual skills and a wide range of competencies, critical thinking and organizational spirit, sought by employers at high tech companies.

Our graduates have obtained the appropriate preparation for a variety of careers. Thus they can play a leading and influential role for the local industry and the economy of Cyprus providing new ideas based on state-of-the-art education, expertise and acquired skills even in areas that are not directly related to research projects offered by our Department. Our graduates are trained in problem solving and develop excellent communication skills, ability to work efficiently within groups, mining large data samples and design the algorithms to simulate complex problems. They practice with machine learning techniques and sophisticated analytic and numerical methods. They have excellent hands on experience with lasers, optical devices, and calibration procedures of instruments and exposure and interaction with the international scientific communit. The gained experience enhances the graduate’s employability outside academia.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates can be admitted to Doctoral Programs.

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