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Physics (Studies in English), full-time, second cycle

Details
Code S2-FZ-ANG
Organizational unit Faculty of Physics
Field of studies Physics
Form of studies Full-time
Level of education Second cycle
Educational profile academic
Language(s) of instruction English
Minimum number of students 15
Admission limit 45
Duration 2 years
Recruitment committee address rekrutacja@fuw.edu.pl
WWW address http://www.fuw.edu.pl/
Required documents
  • Higher education
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Program:

  • leading discipline: physical sciences
  • teaching in English
  • choice of specializations:
  1. Theoretical Physics,
  2. Computer Modeling of Physical Phenomena,
  3. Physics of Condensed Matter and Semiconductor Nanostructures,
  4. Geophysics,
  5. Optics
  • selection of specialization at the end of the first semester
  • selected specialization training starts from the second semester
  • physics training based on world-class research carried out at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw
  • training based on an individual plan of studies prepared by the student according to their interests and advised by the specialization coordinator
  • many laboratory classes available
  • access to computer laboratories and libraries
  • access to Makerspace@UW for carrying out students’ own project and prototypes
  • opportunity to join research groups at the Faculty of Physics
  • work placement included in the curriculum
  • classes at the Faculty of Physics (ul. Pasteura 5)
 
Description of specializations:

Physics of Condensed Matter and Semiconductor Nanostructures: The goal of the program consists is training professionals in experimental studies and interpretation of physical phenomena in semiconductors, semiconductor structures and other systems based of condensed matter; graduates also understand physical foundations of devices based on these materials. They are trained in experimental research, chracterization of materials, data analysis and interpretation based on knowledge about quantum structure of matter; they are also trained in technology and applications of semiconductors and semiconductor nanostructures.

Profile of the graduate

Graduates are prepared to research and design in research institutions, R&D centers and high-tech industry.

Theoretical Physics: The goal of the program consists in training theoretical physicists well prepared to conduct their own research or to collaborate with experimental physicists, both in academic and R&D settings.

Profile of the graduate

Graduates have general knowledge about physics and selected topics in mathematics, as well as thorough knowledge in one selected topic in theoretical physics. Graduates are trained to formulate, assess critically and solve problems in advanced physics. These qualifications are appropriate for employment in research institutions, R&D laboratories, consulting complanies, insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions.

Geophysics : Modeling and monitoring of weather and climate, transport of pollution, studies of Earth, other planets and outer space are important for the economy, the society and the understanding of nature. Students are trained in atmospheric physics, Earth and planetary physics or environmental physics. Atmospheric physis includes: physical foundations of weather and climate, basics of dynamical meteorology, atmospheric thermodynamics, radiation transfer in the atmosphere, atmospheric turbulences, measurement techniques and basics of numerical modeling. Environmental physics includes: combustion theory, transport theory, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics of renewable energy, magnetohydrodynamics of the outer space, numerical simulations and statistical approach to complex systems. Earth and planetary physics focuses on physical processes regarding planets and the outer space, geophysical measurements and computer simulations.

Profile of the graduate

Graduates are well trained to work in meteorological services and other units monitoring and modeling the atmosphere, Earth or environment, including research institutions.

Computer Modeling of Physical Phenomena : Studies focus on modeling of physical processes in all branches of physics present at the Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw. Students gain experience in modern approach to studying nature by performing state-of-the art numerical simulations of physical phenomena. MSc theses can be advised by any academic teacher employing numerical simulations in her/his research.

Profile of the graduate

Graduates have general knowledge about physics and selected topics in mathematics, as well as thorough knowledge in one selected topic in theoretical physics. Graduates are trained to formulate, assess critically and solve problems in advanced physics. These qualifications are appropriate for employment in research institutions, R&D laboratories, consulting complanies, insurance companies, banks and other financial institutions.

Optics: The goal of the program consists in training in modern optics, understood as photonics together with atomic and molecular physics. Subjects include physics of atoms and molecules, laser spectroscopy, laser physics, non-linear optics and quantum information. The training is aimed at applications of optics in various aspects of science and technology. In particular, photonics belongs to fastest-growing branches of technology, hence appropriately trained specialists are in high demand on the job market.

Profile of the graduate

Graduates can use advanced optical and electronic equipment, and they understand physical foundations of the hardware, so they can design and prepare their own optical systems. They can employ a wide variety of experimental techniques and analyze data, as well as describe observed phenomena, thanks to theoretical background. With this training, the graduates are higly employable in research institutions, schools and technological companies active in designing and producing photonic equipment.

 


Admission rules

The qualification is based on the results achieved during the completed first-cycle of studies.

Each grade S obtained by the candidate during the previous studies entitling to take up the second-cycle program will be converted into recruitment points PR in accordance with the following formula:

PR = 0,1 / (Smax-Smin) * SUM [w_i * h_i * (S_i - Smin)]

where:

  • Smax, Smin - denote respectively the highest and the lowest grade in possible scale of grades (e.g. from 2 to 5)
  • w_i - weight of the subject as indicated below
  • h_i - number of hours of the subject (in accordance with the diploma supplement or the transcript of studies)
  • S_i - the actual grade obtained by the candidate (in the case the candidate has more than one grade in a given subject, eg. partial grades, multiple exams etc., only the highest grade counts)
  • i - an index of subjects taken into account in the calculation (only subjects passed with grade are taken into account in the calculation of recruitment points).

The recruitment points for each candidate are calculated as the sum of the converted grades of the courses passed during the completed study cycle, whereby each grade is multiplied by the number of hours of the subject and by the weight depending on the type of subject.

The weights depend on the type of the course as follows:

  • for lectures, discussions/recitations and laboratories in the field of physics/astronomy/mathematics: 2.0
  • for courses in programming and numerical methods: 1.5
  • for lectures, discussions/recitations and laboratories in the field of chemistry/biology: 1.0
  • for remaining subjects: 0.0

For multidisciplinary courses, the highest possible weight should be used.

The PR result is rounded down to an integer number.

The candidate is admitted to second-cycle studies if the following two conditions are met:

1) the total number of recruitment points is greater or equal to 50

2) the candidate’s position on the ranking list is within the applicable limit.

According to the above formula, there is no upper limit for recruitment points.

The candidate is required to provide as attachments in the IRK system:

  • scan of the diploma supplement or transcript of studies, with grades and duration of the classes, issued or certified by the collage or the university of the candidate,
  • scan of the statement signed by the candidate, with self-performed calculations (according to the above rules) in the form of a table containing items from the supplement or the transcript of studies for the courses of weights greater than zero.

Name of the subject

Number of hours

Grade obtained by the candidate

scale from … to ...

Weight of the subject

Result

  • a scan of a document certifying knowledge of English.

Confirmation of English proficiency

The candidate should hold a certificate confirming her/his command of English at least at the level B2 accepted by the University of Warsaw.

In the absence of such a certificate document, the candidate may apply for an interview with a representative of the recruitment committee, after reporting such a need by the IRK system.

The interview is conducted entirely in English.

The interview is not graded, but the positive result of the interview is a prerequisite for the next stages of the recruitment process.

Scenario of the interview:

  • Candidate's presentation and identity check.
  • Presentation by the candidate of general information about the field of study, which diploma is the basis for the candidate's application for admission to the second-cycle studies program (about 5 minutes).
  • The candidate's oral presentations on two topics from the list selected by the representative of the recruitment commission conducting the interview. In this part of the conversation, the representative of the recruitment commission may, in particular, ask additional questions clarifying the statement and discuss with the candidate. (about 5 minutes on each subject).
  • End of the interview.

List of topics for the interview:

a) Angular momentum and its conservation.

b) Basic laws of electromagnetism.

c) Complex numbers: basic properties and applications in physics.

d) Dynamics: Newton’s laws of motion.

e) Energy: its forms and conservation.

f) Fundamental conservation laws in physics.

g) Geometrical interpretation of derivatives and integrals in one and more dimensions.

h) Harmonic oscillator: basic equation and examples of physical systems.

i) Integrals: basic properties and examples.

j) Joule’s law of heating.

k) Kepler’s problem: properties of planetary orbits.

l) Lagrangian formulation of classical mechanics with basic examples.

 

Information on documents certifying knowledge of English language. >> Check! <<

 

Deadlines

Date of the interview checking proficiency in English: 7th of October, 2020

Announcement of results: 12th of October, 2020

Reception of documents: 

  • I round: 13th-14th of October, 2020
  • II round (in case of not fulfilling the limit during I round): 15th-16th of October, 2020

 

Payments

Application fee

Student's ID payment (ELS)

 

Required documents

List of required documents submitted by candidates qualified for studies

 

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