Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics – Field of study catalogue MU
Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics
The goal of the study is to provide the best students of the Bachelor's programme in Physics with a deeper physical understanding and to widen and cultivate their knowledge using advanced methods of mathematics and mathematical physics. The field of study consists of two disciplines: Astrophysics, which provides education in the physics of cosmological objects, and Theoretical Physics, providing education in the physics of the very small and very large - quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, string theory and general relativity.
The programme aims at qualifying students to work in the profession of a physicist, in particular to prepare them for independent scientific research in specific branches of physics.
After successfully completing his/her studies the graduate is able to:
- display an intimate knowledge of the fundamental laws governing the natural world
- independently solve complex problems in the field of theoretical, experimental and applied physical research
- use and apply standard modern laboratory techniques
- use mathematical methods and abstract thinking in solving problems appearing in all areas of human endeavour
Graduates of Astrophysics can work as specialists in any observatory or in a planetarium with public education. They will also have a good basic knowledge of different aspects of physics of stars and other parts of present day astrophysics. Graduates of Theoretical Physics will have a good basic knowledge of modern quantum theory (quantum optics, quantum theory of fields, quantum gravity) as well as advanced methods of mathematical physics.
The standard duration of studies is four semesters. To be admitted to the final state examination students must obtain a total of 120 ECTS credits for required, selective and elective courses. During the course of their studies, students work on their diploma thesis. They should follow the Course Catalogue for their year of matriculation and Study and Examination Regulations of Masaryk University. They can access the Course Catalogues through the faculty website.
The final state examination of the Master's programme consists of two parts:
- the defence of a diploma thesis
- an oral exam
During the oral exam questions will be asked from two thematic groups. The first group consists of questions common to all fields of study, the second group consists of questions in theoretical physics or astrophysics, according to the field of study. During the preparations for the oral exam, the use of reference literature is allowed.
The Master's programme prepares students for additional studies in a related PhD programme at a university or institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.