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Master Programme in Physics - X-ray and Neutron Science

2 years · 120 credits

X-ray and neutron beams offer unique capabilities for exploring a diverse range of topics, from fundamental physics to biology and geology. In our world-unique programme, you will delve into the creation and application of these beams, with a special focus on research conducted at MAX IV and ESS in Lund.

The use of X-rays and neutrons in both basic and advanced physics has experienced exponential growth in recent decades, owing to their exceptional properties. Lund is proud to host two of the world's leading facilities: the world’s first 4th generation synchrotron radiation X-ray source, the MAX IV Laboratory, and the neutron facility European Spallation Source (ESS). In our unparalleled MSc program, you'll traverse the entire spectrum of X-ray and neutron science, from beam creation to the fundamental physics of their interaction with matter, and their application in cutting-edge measurement techniques.

You will learn how X-rays unveil insights into materials, catalysis, and crystal growth through spectroscopy, diffraction, and microscopy, while neutrons illuminate our understanding of proteins, superconductivity, and magnetism. Additionally, you'll gain insights into the advanced electron and proton accelerators vital for generating X-rays and neutrons. Given their applications across diverse fields, from archaeology to medicine, many research projects adopt an interdisciplinary approach. Our flexible and interdisciplinary master programme, rooted in a solid foundation of physics, enables you to seamlessly blend theoretical or computational studies with experimental methodologies.

As a master student, you'll be immersed in a dynamic research community, actively engaged in pioneering experimental and theoretical investigations spanning materials science, quantum physics and biology. 

Programme courses

Our program starts with a variety of courses covering general and specialized topics, laying a strong academic groundwork. Then, you have the freedom to tailor your curriculum to match your interests and aspirations. Completing the program involves a master's degree project within our research groups, offering hands-on experience. With access to top-notch facilities and exceptional research groups, you'll have plenty of opportunities for impactful thesis projects.

Click this link to view the compulsory and recommended courses of the X-ray and neutron science track.

How to apply

Master's Programme Coordinator

X-ray and Neutron Science

Jesper Wallentin
Jesper [dot] Wallentin [at] sljus [dot] lu [dot] se (Jesper[dot]Wallentin[at]sljus[dot]lu[dot]se)