Master Academic Studies in Physics


STRUCTURE OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

- Title of the study programme: Master Academic Studies in Physics

- Goal of this study programme is to provide academic education of experts in the field of Physics

- Physics, being a fundamental science, is very broad, but today's market demands specialized professionals. Therefore, this study program is designed to allow profiling of exactly these types of professionals. This study program offers students a kind of orientation, which is in accordance with their aspirations and preferences. Students can be directed towards research in the field of materials physics, research in the field of nuclear physics, research in the field of plasma physics, research in theoretical condensed matter physics, medical physics, physics-meteorology, astronomy and astrophysics.

These orientations are conducted to allow students to choose one of the available modules, which contains a defined number of compulsory and optional subjects. Optional modules are:

  • Research – Materials Physics
  • Research – Nuclear Physics
  • Research – Plasma Physics
  • Research - Theoretical Physics of condensed matter
  • Medical Physics
  • Physics - meteorology
  • Physics – Astronomy with Astrophysics

 

- These studies belong to second cycle, master academic studies.

- Learning outcomes (competencies) are presented in the Standard.

- Upon completion of this study programme students are awarded the academic title of Master in Physics

- Enrolment requirements are in accordance with the Law on Higher Education.

- List of study fields and modules i.e. of their required and elective courses with content descriptions, are given in Standard.

- Studies are conducted through teaching courses listed in Standard. The course, in addition to lectures, may include experimental-laboratory, demonstration and computational exercises, homework, practice, preparation and defending seminar papers. Important components of the study programme are production and defence of a master's thesis, as well as students' independent work in mastering the content. Time necessary for the implementation of the study programme is one academic year i.e. two semesters.

- Credit value of each of the courses and of the Master’s thesis is reported in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and is given in Standard.

- Criteria for registering certain courses are defined for each subject individually and are presented in Standard.

- The method of selection of the courses is given in Standard.

- Conditions for transfer from other study programmes within the same or related field of study are also defined.

- Credit value of the programme is 60 ECTS.

- Other issues of importance for the realization of the study programme:

Studies are conducted through classes (using modern methods), which are listed in the Curriculum and arranged into semesters. Two semesters constitute an academic year. Total number of ECTS in academic year is at least 60. The total duration of the study is 1 year (2 semesters), where students need to collect at least 60 ECTS.

In order to graduate, students must pass all the required courses within the selected module, passed at least one option of each of the selective courses, and have written and defended the Master thesis, and accumulated a minimum of 60 ECTS.

Courses under this programme are classified into courses within the module that may be obligatory and elective.

 


PURPOSE OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

The purpose of the study programme is providing the high-quality education of the students who will play a leading role in their area of expertise, in order to enable them to perform successfully academic and professional work in the field of Physics. The study programme guarantees acquiring all the necessary competences for education of professionals.

The existence of this degree programme is fully justified and beneficial to society as a whole, having in mind the role of modern physics - understanding the physical processes and materials. The physicists are experts needed in every modern society, as they are one of the key elemenst in the development of new energy sources, new materials, and new technologies. They are useful in all areas of modern science and technology in general: environmental protection, modern medicine, meteorology, astronomy and astrophysics, modern education, as well as in many other areas that cannot be developed without physicists. Moreover, physics, its methods and models are applied today in areas such as the economy and stock market business. Experts of this profile are able to perform a variety of physical analysis, develop different models, participate in the development of new materials, technologies, energy resources, and contribute to the development of new facilities.

A physicist of the high quality academic education has a wide range of opportunities to work: for example, in scientific and research institutes or development departments in many companies, in quality control, aviation, medical industry, in all companies where the measurement and development of methods of measurement are needed, astronomical observatories, planetariums, hospitals, banks, meteorological observatories, environmental protection institutes, in the government sector, and  in in the modern industry in general.

Faculty of Sciences provides education and training to experts in natural and mathematical sciences, which confirms that the existence of this programme complies with the basic tasks and goals of the Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad.



GOALS OF THE STUDY PROGRAMME

 

The primary goals of this study programme are obtaining academic and professional competences in physics, and mastering the skills and methods for their acquisition and further development. None the less important are the goals to develop creative abilities and skills to perform various forms of development and application of physics.

 

The most important general objectives of the study programme are to provide stimulating environment for professional and personal development of students, to use the learning methods to develop analytical, critical and self-critical thinking and to learn to address the challenges in an interesting and intellectually challenging way. One of the main goals is to broaden the knowledge and understanding acquired at the undergraduate level, which is essential for the development of critical thinking and application of knowledge. The main professional goal is to educate and train professionals to work in diverse and dynamic areas of the vocation. To that end, they should gain critical and integrated level of knowledge and understanding of the most important theoretical and experimental principles and methods, which will enable them to actively use the modern experimental and theoretical methods and to develop the ability to expand their knowledge contionously.

Of course, the ultimate goal is that students obtain the appropriate qualifications which require them to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in those areas that complement the knowledge gained at the undergraduate level and makes the basis for the development of critical thinking and application of knowledge; to be able to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve the problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader or multidisciplinary areas in the field of study; to have developed the ability to integrate knowledge, solve complex problems, and make judgments based on available information which reflect on social and ethical responsibilities connected to the application of their knowledge and judgment; to have developed the ability of clear and unambiguous transfer of knowledge and ways of concluding to other experts and general public; to have developed the ability to continue further studies in the field of their own preference.

 

Professional goals are aimed at providing students with:
- Integrated knowledge and understanding of theoretical, experimental and applied physics
- Thorough understanding and knowledge of the structure of the matter and methods for its study
- In-depth knowledge of the principles of functioning and the use of modern equipment and instruments
- Detailed and broad understanding and knowledge of the principles of measurement and data processing
- Understanding and detailed knowledge of modelling
- The ability to put the theory into practice
- The ability to solve complex problems, and make judgments based on available information
- The ability of a clear and unambiguous transfer of knowledge to the general public
- Developing communication and correct human relations in order to effectively communicate with other professionals encountered in practice
- Understanding the role of physics in the modern world
- Understanding the ethical responsibilities associated with the application of their knowledge and judgments
- The capacity for further improvement

 

This study programme defines general methods and strategies for acquiring the competencies:
- to acquire knowledge and understanding: accumulation of knowledge is mainly achieved through lectures and various forms of exercises and practice whose purpose is to deepen, clarify and highlight the practical importance of the content presented in classes. This also includes specialized learning through seminar papers at different levels, in accordance with students’ progress. The programme is designed in such a way to enable students to have the liberty to choose further professional direction in line with their own ambitions and wishes.
- General competencies (ability to analyze, ability of problem solving, integrating theory and practice, synthesis) are mainly achieved through lectures followed by different types of exercises, particularly within the core courses. It is very important to engage students in solving practical problems in the exercise or practice.

- General competences (communication skills through oral presentations and written reports, the use of information technology, the ability to work independently or in a team, integration and evaluation of  information from various sources, effective and permanent learning). Some of these competences are acquired through obtaining other skills. These skills are continually developed, upgraded and improved throughout the programme, especially with the increase of complexity of the seminar papers and practical problems to be solved by students.

-Subject-specific skills such as planning how to solve practical problems or how to use the laboratory methods for data collection, data analysis and their critical assessment, further preparation and presentation of reports, effective use of computers in practice etc. are mainly achieved through laboratory exercises and producing seminar papers and professional practice.
Taking into account that evaluating students is one of the necessary steps in creating high quality experts in the area, each of the courses provides specific methods of assessment.

 


COMPETENCIES OF THE STUDENTS UPON GRADUATION

 

Description of general and course-specific competencies of students
Description of learning outcomes

By mastering the curriculum, the student acquires the following general skills:
- Analysis, synthesis and forecasting solutions and consequences
- Development of analytical, critical and self-critical thinking and approach to problem solving

- Development of communication skills and agility, cooperation with immediate social and international environment
- Application of professional ethics
- Lifelong learning and training
- Creativity
- Applying knowledge in practice
- Work independently or in a team
- Collecting and interpreting data
- Reflection on the relevant social, scientific or ethical issues
- Mastering the methods, procedures and process of research

 

By mastering the study programme, the student acquires the following course-specific skills and knowledge:
- Application of standard experimental or theoretical methods for the specific area
- Deepened, expanded and integrated knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and / or experimental physics
- Ability of solving certain problems in scientific and industrial research, which are related to orientations
- Ability to tackle new areas through independent studying
- Ability for further academic and professional development
- Ability to solve problems based on making an analogy with the already familiar problems
- Identification of the core processes and critical thinking in order to construct models
- Ability of modelling - adaptation of existing models or developing new ones in order to explain the existing experimental data
- Finding literature – identifying and critically choosing the scientific and expert literature
- Understanding and knowledge of the nature and methods of research in physics
- Detailed knowledge and understanding of the basics of modern physics
- Knowledge, understanding and ability to apply the most important mathematical and numerical methods
- Up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments in physics
- Using computers for the purpose of performing calculations and writing software
- Understanding and detailed knowledge of the most important and traditional experimental and / or theoretical methods

- Independent work with a high degree of autonomy
- Knowledge of a foreign language for the purpose of professional communication
- Application of knowledge and understanding in determining the order of magnitude in situations that are physically different but show analogies
- Understanding the ethics related to physics and the responsibility to protect public health and the environment

 

Additional course-specific learning outcomes resulting from elective modules are:


Module Research - Plasma Physics: understanding and mastering of basic experimental methods related to electrical discharges in gases

 

Module Research - Theoretical physics of condensed matter: understanding and mastering the basic theoretical methods and models related to the condensed state of matter

 

Module Research - Nuclear physics: understanding and mastering the basic experimental methods related to nuclear physics

 

Research Module - Materials physics: understanding and mastering the basic experimental methods related to the physics of new materials

 

Module Physics - Astronomy and Astrophysics: ability to work in astronomical observatories, planetariums

 

Module Medical physics: understanding and mastering the modern medical instrumentation

 

Module physics - meteorology: understanding and mastering the basic methods and models related to modelling of the atmosphere


 


THE CURRICULUM


Description

The structure of the curriculum includes the timetable of optional modules and courses thereof according to semesters, the number of active teaching hours and the number of ECTS points.

          Course description contains the name and type of the course, study year and semester, the number of ECTS points, lecturers’ names, course goals and expected outcomes, skills and competencies, course requirements, course content, recommended literature, teaching methods, methods of knowledge assessment and evaluation and other data.
This programme also includes obligatory and elective courses.
The curriculum is designed to provide the student with at least 60 ECTS upon graduation.

 

- At the beginning of the studies, students must choose one of the optional modules:
• Research - Materials Physics
• Research - Nuclear Physics
• Research - Plasma Physics
• Research - Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter
• Medical Physics
• Physics-Meteorology
• Physics-Astronomy with Astrophysics

 

- Courses within the optional modules may be compulsory and elective.
- The method of selection of the elective courses:
Elective courses in this study program are offered in the corresponding semester. Students have to choose at least one of the elective courses offered. Students choose the courses together with the student advisor for the module in question. Student Advisor is always a member of teaching staff and one of the professors.
Elective courses given in a semester (either winter or summer) can be selected in the corresponding semester where they are available. By the end of the studies, at least one option for each elective course must be passed.
Registration of the elective courses is done on the occasion of enrolment of the study year.
- Students cannot choose elective courses from the programmes other than those comprising the group of elective courses belonging to this study programme.



Curriculum scheme for the Master Academic Studies in Physics

 


 

No.

 

Course Code

 

Course Title

 

 

Semester

Course Status

 

Active teaching hours

Other lessons

 

ECTS

 

 

 

 

 

L

E

SRW

OFT

 

 

1st year

 


Common for all Modules


 

1

FDMK1О12

Master thesis

I

CC

0

0

5

0

0

 

2

FDMK1О12

Master thesis

II

CC

0

0

20

0

0

20

Student research work

25

0

0

 

Total

0

0

25

0

0

20

 


Module: Research-Material Physics

 

 

1.

 

FDMM1О12

Advanced course of physics of condensed matter

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

3

 

0

 

8

 

2.

 

FDMM2О12

Disordered systems

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

7

3.

FDMM3О12

Nanomaterials

I

CM

2

1

0

1

0

7

4.

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

5.

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

14

6

0

7

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

14

6

25

7

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

 


Module: Research-Nuclear Physics

 

 

1

 

FDMM4О12

Advanced nuclear physics

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

3

 

0

 

8

 

2

 

FDMM5О12

Fundamental interactions

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

8

3

FDMM6О12

Radioecology

I

CM

3

1

0

1

0

6

4

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

15

6

0

7

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

15

6

25

7

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 53

 

 

 


Module: Research-Plasma Physics

 

 

1

 

FDMM7О12

Advanced course of Atomic Physics

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

3

 

0

 

8

2

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

3

 

FDMM8О12

Plasma sources and plasma diagnostic

 

II

 

CM

 

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

8

 

4

 

FDMM9О12

 

Nuclear energetics

 

II

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

6

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

15

6

0

6

0

40

Total for module and commom for all modules

15

6

25

6

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 


Module: Research-Theoretical Physics of Condensed |Matter

 

 

1

 

FDMM10О12

Phase Transition Theory

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

8

 

2

 

FDMM11О12

Condensed Matter Theory

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

7

 

3

 

FDMM12О12

Numerical methods in statistical physics

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

7

4

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

15

10

0

2

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

15

10

25

2

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

 


Module: Medical Physics

 

 

1

 

FDMM13О12

Ultrasound in medical diagnostic and therapy

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

8

 

2

 

FDMM14О12

Medical imaging with ionizing radiation

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

2

 

0

 

8

3

FDMM15О12

X-rays in medicine

I

CM

2

1

0

2

0

6

4

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

14

6

0

7

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

14

6

25

7

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

 


Module: Physics-Meteorology

 

 

1

 

FDMM16О12

Modelling of the physical processes in the atmosphere II

 

I

 

CM

 

4

 

4

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

9

2

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

3

 

FDMM17О12

Mechanics of environmental fluids

 

II

 

CM

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

4

 

FDMM18О12

Applied meteorology

 

II

 

CM

 

2

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

4

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

15

10

0

3

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

15

10

25

3

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 53

 

 

 


Module: Physics-Astronomy with Astrophysics

 

 

1

 

FDMM19О12

Formation of stars and planetary systems

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

3

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

8

 

2

 

FDMM20О12

Astroparticle Physics

 

I

 

CM

 

3

 

2

 

0

 

0

 

0

 

7

3

FDMM21О12

Radio Astronomy

I

CM

3

3

0

0

0

7

4

 

Elective course 1

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

5

 

Elective course 2

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

Total

15

10

0

2

0

40

Total for module and common for all modules

15

10

25

2

0

60

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 


Module: Research-Material Physics


Active teaching hours-total

14

6

25

7

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module: Research-Nuclear Physics


Active teaching hours-total

15

6

25

7

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 53

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module: Research-Plasma Physics


Active teaching hours-total

15

6

25

6

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module: Research-Theoretical Physics of Condensed Matter


Active teaching hours-total

15

10

25

2

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module: Medical Physics


Active teaching hours-total

14

6

25

7

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module: Physics-Meteorology


Active teaching hours-total

15

10

25

3

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 53

 

 

ECTS-total

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Module:Physics-Astronomy with Astrophysics


Active teaching hours-total

15

10

25

2

0

 

 

Active teaching hours per year– total = 52

 

 

ECTS-total

60

L- Lectures

E-Exercises

SRW- Student Research Work

OFT- Other Forms of Teaching

CC – compulsory and common for more modules, if a programme has modules

EBC – elective block common for more modules, if a programme has modules

CM – compulsory for module



Elective course

 



Elective course 1


 

1.

 

FDM1I12

Thermal and thermomechanical properties of materials

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

2.

 

FDM2I12

Physics and Techniques of lasers

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

3.

 

FDM3I12

Magnetic properties of materials

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

4.

 

FDM4I12

Introduction to plasma physics

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

5.

 

FDM5I12

Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

6.

 

FDM6I12

NMR in medical diagnostic

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

7.

 

FDM7I12

Laser tissue interactions

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

8.

 

FDM8I12

Biomedical Modelling

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

9.

 

FDM9I12

Modelling of  global changes

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

10.

 

FDM10I12

Radiation Transfer through Atmosphere

 

I

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

11.

FDM11I12

Planetology

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

12.

FDM12I12

Physical Cosmology

I

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9


Elective course 2


 

13.

 

FDM13I12

Spectroscopic methods of materials investigation

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

14.

 

FDM14I12

Technology of obtaining materials

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

15.

 

FDM15I12

Parameters of materials structure

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

16.

 

FDM16I12

Nuclear instrumentation

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

17.

FDM17I12

Radiation dosimetry

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

18.

 

FDM18I12

Radiological Physics

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

19.

FDM19I12

Radiation Detectors

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

20.

 

FDM20I12

Introduction to Plasma technology

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

21.

 

FDM21I12

Basics of vacuum physics

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

22.

 

FDM22I12

Nonlinear Phenomena in Condensed Media

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

23.

 

FDM23I12

Superconductive materials and technologies

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

24.

 

FDM24I12

Physiological Monitoring

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

25.

FDM25I12

Telemedicine

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

26.

 

FDM26I12

Selected parts of modern meteorology

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

 

27.

 

FDM27I12

Selected parts of agrometeorology

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9

28.

FDM28I12

Astrochemistry

II

EBC

3

1

0

1

0

9

 

29.

 

FDM29I12

Cosmic Evolution of Chemical Elements

 

II

 

EBC

 

3

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

9