Track: Physics for Energy

Material research for energy generation, conversion and storage is a core element of the Physics for Energy track. You will use state-of-the-art fundamental physics knowledge to address the challenge of sustainable energy production and storage. The development of new solar cell materials, magnetocalorics materials, batteries, hydrogen storage materials, etc. as well as the analysis and development of new innovative nuclear reactors and fuel cycles that excel regarding safety and sustainability are examples where of physics plays an important role in addressing the threat of climate change caused by greenhouse gas emissions.

Course modules
Examples of elective modules related to this track are Environmental Physics, Physics of Energy Materials, Chemistry and Physics of Solar Cells, Energy Storage in Batteries, Molecular Electronics, Nuclear Reactor Physics, and Materials Chemistry for the Nuclear Fuel Cycle.

Regardless of the track, the Applied Physics programme also includes mandatory mathematics and ethics modules, and a choice of general advanced physics modules.

Thesis project
The Master’s thesis project can be carried out on nuclear reactor physics or energy storage, or for example in one of several groups working on energy materials in the department of Radiation Science and Technology or with researchers in the department of Chemical Engineering.

Additional options
You can also add extra focus to your elective modules by combining the Physics for Energy track with either the Technology in Sustainable Development or the Nuclear Science and Engineering annotation.

The programme and all modules are described in detail in the study guide.