Faculty of Mathematics, Physics
and Informatics
Comenius University in Bratislava

Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics

Master's Degree Program

Field:

Physics

Form:

full-time

Usual duration:

2 years

Program director:

prof. RNDr. Jozef Masarik, DrSc. 

Related study programs bachelor's degree programs Physics

 

This program is offered in English and Slovak languages.

Description of the Study Program

The Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics study programme provides excellent education of well qualified experts for research into nuclear and subnuclear physics, for dosimetry in nuclear power plants, radiohygienic practice, monitoring of environmental radioactivity and medical application of ionizing radiation.

What to Expect

Subjects focusing on theoretical as well as experimental nuclear and subnuclear physics, and application of obtained knowledge and expertise in other science disciplines (geophysics, astrophysics, biomedicine, and others) and in practice. Apart from the abovementioned, there is a range of optional subjects in nuclear and subnuclear physics as well as in other programmes like mathematics, computer science and any subjects and disciplines studied at the Comenius University which a student might be interested in. All compulsory lectures are accompanied by theoretical or practical classes.

Master's Thesis 

All final theses supervised by the Department of Nuclear Physics and Biophysics are linked with specific research grants. Regularly, 1-2 theses are supervised by the scientists of the Physical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, which has been a cooperating institution for long. Some projects are carried out at external facilities. All students whose diploma thesis involves subnuclear physics participate for at least one semester in an internship at facilities abroad like CERN, Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, or GSI Darmstadt.

Examples of successful final theses by our graduates:

Graduates' Career Opportunities

An MSc graduate is trained as a nuclear and subnuclear physicist with deep knowledge in theoretical and experimental nuclear and subnuclear physics, its practical application, with skill in high-level programming languages, numerical methods and computer modelling of physical processes.

A graduate obtains following skills and knowledge: 

  • full MSc education in physics
  • deep theoretical knowledge in nuclear, subnuclear and applied nuclear physics
  • competence in experimental methods in nuclear and subnuclear physics
  • self-reliance in complex theoretical solutions based on appropriate mathematical methods as well as in designing of theoretical models describing physical processes
  • qualification in operating different measuring systems and technological devices, ability to design experiments and experimental equipment, skill to evaluate and interpret experimentally obtained data
  • ability and skill to design and conduct computer simulations of physical processes
  • ability to apply obtained knowledge and experimental skill in diverse fields of physics research and social environment, as well as to communicate with experts in other technical and research disciplines
  • competence in minimum one high-level programming language and in basics of information and communication technologies, statistical data processing, spread-sheet processors, text processing and graphical presentation of data
  • knowledge of minimum one foreign language
  • ability to suggest solutions of physics problems using home or foreign resources and to publicize the research results
  • self-reliance in studying and using available information resources with emphasis on perpetual learning
  • skill to communicate physics knowledge to non-experts and spread it among public
  • understanding of fundamental social, economic and legislative implications

All abovementioned abilities, skills and knowledge are based on the acknowledgement of humanity, human rights, ethical behaviour of a scientist with respect to economic, legislative and social implications.

Majority of the graduates continue their studies in nuclear and subnuclear physics. Some of them proceed in other physics disciplines (theoretical physics, physics teaching or environmental physics), which they are well prepared for with sufficient theoretical and research skills and knowledge. Medical facilities also provide significant job opportunities for the graduates, who are profoundly trained in monitoring environmental radioactivity, dosimetry and interaction of radiation with a material. They are thus well qualified for such positions as radiation physicists or accelerator operators in oncological radiotherapy. Many graduates have pursued their careers in nuclear power plants, mostly in dosimetry and monitoring of environmental radioactivity. The graduates of this programme are sought due to their thorough education for these areas, as well as for long-term cooperation of our Department with these facilities. Many graduates have built their careers at academic institutions and universities all around the world.