Postgraduate Studies in Physics

1. Postgraduate Studies in Physics


The Postgraduate Studies Program in Physics was first established in 1993 and leads to a M.Sc. in Physics, Photonics or Materials' Science, as well as to a Ph.D. in Physics. Candidates may have a degree in Physics or other discipline of either national or foreign Universities and Technical Institutes.
Candidates take written examinations, including a foreign language examination, as defined and announced by the Postgraduate Studies Coordinating Committee (PSCC). The PSCC may also recommend that certain candidates be accepted without examinations. These include:

  • Candidates that have already been accepted as scholars in National Research Institutes
  • Candidates that possess a M.Sc. degree from a national or foreign University
  • Natives or foreigners that live permanently abroad at the time of application.

In order to obtain a M.Sc. degree, students are required to attend the courses, pass the examinations and write a dissertation that is presented in public and evaluated by a three-member examining committee. To obtain a Ph.D. degree, the students must carry out an original research project and write a thesis. The Ph.D. thesis is presented in public and evaluated by a seven-member examining committee.
Postgraduate students may receive financial support through scholarships of the Department or other Institutions or through research projects. All research expenses are covered by the Department of Physics.


  • Physics
  • Mandatory: Mathematical Methods in Physics {f}, Classical Electrodynamics {f}, Quantum-mechanics I {f}, Quantum-mechanics II {s}.

    Elective: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Plasma Physics, Astrophysics, Nuclear Physics, Statistical Physics, Solid State Physics, Gravity and Cosmology, High Energy Physics.
    Students have to take two elective courses during the spring semester. Once they have successfully completed the courses, they may proceed to a M.Sc. or Ph.D Dissertation.

  • Photonics
    First Semester: Topics of Optics, Optical waveguides, Optical data processing I, Lasers, Photons and Semiconductors.

    Second Semester: Non-linear Optics, Semiconductor optical devices, Optical data processing II, Optical communications, Optical Measuring Techniques, Laboratory Course in Photonics.
    Third Semester: M.Sc. Dissertation.

  • Materials' Science

    First Semester: Solid State Physics, Materials' Science, Materials' Chemistry.
    (The corresponding undergraduate courses are a prerequisite to the first two courses)
    Second Semester: Techniques for Materials' Characterization, Digital Electronics. One of the following elective courses: Magnetic and Semiconducting Materials, Techniques for Simulation, Synthesis and Characterization of Materials.
    Students commence their M.Sc. Dissertation after having succeeded in the 1rst semester courses.