- To concentrate on and enhance the study of concepts and theoretical fundamentals of physics and its applications.
- To provide the students with the basic tools that enables them as researchers in a specific area of physics.
- To contribute towards the improvement of higher-education teaching.
The Masters Degree Program on Sciences - Physics lasts four (04) months. A syllabus for each student will be designed based on duly accredited. The distribution of courses, seminars and research listed below may be used as a general guide.
The research component of the syllabus is developed in two research seminars and the graduation project, which lasts two semesters. Seminar 1 allows the student an in depth knowledge in Physics, where the Department conducts research on, and it offers a weekly seminar with conferences given by the members of the groups and expert guests from other institutions. The student participates by attending the conferences and presenting at the end of the seminar a conference on the topic suggested by the seminar director or by a professor of the group.
In seminar 2, the students, besides attending the group seminar, must deliver a Graduation project under the guidance of a professor. The project must be subject to external evaluation (two assessors) one month before the end of the semester. The grade of this course may be assigned only after receiving the comments from the assessors and after the student has registered graduation project 1 in the upcoming semester.
Graduation Project 1 is a research semester where the student develops the project approved by the external assessors. The grade for this course is given by the director of the project. The project will be finished by the student with Graduation Project 2. Once it is finalized, the student must deliver a summary on a written document that must be assessed by a jury made up of the director of the project, a professor of the Physics Department, and at least one external assessor. Three weeks after the delivery of the paer, an oral and public presentation is given on the results of the project. The members of the jury attend this presentation. The jury makes an exam on the topic of the project at the end of the presentation and, they meet subsequently in private to assign the final grade for this course.
Research and concentration areas
The students are accepted in the program within a research line that must be approved by the tgraduate studies committee. Currently, there are six approved research lines: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biophysics, High-Energy physics, Condensed-matter Physics, Quantum Mechanics and -Information Physics, Geometrical and Algebraic methods. The main condition to have an area of researchapproved is to have at least one professor actively involved in research and with an ongoing project that guarantees a high-quality scientific work for the development of the students' dissertation.
The professionals trained in the Masters Degree Program on Sciences-Physics receive advanced training both in theoretical and practical terms, in one of the research lines of the Department. This training allows them to do research and to apply their knowledge in different areas of physics, as it provides them with the necessary research fundamentals to pursue Doctoral studies in physics or similar areas.