Portal for Physics and Astronomy at Lund University

Specialisation: Syncrotron Radiation Based Science

In June 2016 one of the world's premier synchrotrons, MAX IV, was inaugurated and is now ready for experiments. Meanwhile, the construction of the ESS, the most powerful neutron source in the world, and a collaboration involving 17 countries and almost 50 European universities, have started. Lund is an international center for accelerator research and needs front edge competence.

To manage these facilities, we have created a specialisation for Bachelor’s students, which is closely related to the plants mentioned above. Your education will be strongly linked to the ESS and MAX IV and you will get a unique cutting-edge knowledge of how particle accelerators work. A big part of the education revolves around an internship at the laboratories, which means that you, already as a newly graduated student, will have a good piece of experience with working with the machines.

When you have graduated, you will be able to work as both an engineer and a researcher at the plants, but also as an expert in other research departments and companies, which will conduct experiments here. The demand for people with this competence is high not only here but also in similar research facilities all over the world, which gives you an opportunity to work in many different countries.

Course of studies

During the first four semesters you will be taking basic courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics, which will give you a solid base to begin with. Already at this stage, you will acquaint yourself with the plants by having seminars, projects, mentors and inspirational lectures. After the first two years, you will learn more about how accelerators as MAX IV and the ESS work. You will also study in more detail the methods used at the plants - spectroscopy and diffusion. At the end of the third year, you will be doing a Bachelor’s project either at one of the plants and a research department or at a company in close connection.

After this, it is time for Master’s programme. You can choose between different specialisations that we offer, such as materials science, nano-chemistry, synchrotron science or physics, and you can continue your education while having an internship at MAX IV or ESS as a part of a one-year diploma work.