The programme is designed for those who are interested in innovative engineering in research intensive companies. The program provides interdisciplinary education combining engineering, physics, mathematics, physical oceanography and atmospheric physics bridging the gap between theoretical science and practical engineering.
Why this programme?
- Students can use modern laboratories, for instance the ones developing solar cells, semiconductor materials, etc.
- Internship in Swedbank is available for students opting for econophysics.
- TalTech collaborates with National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics where students with interest in scientific research are welcome to work on their master’s thesis. Key research programmes are available HERE
- Students can be involved in measurement campaigns in the Baltic Sea using modern equipment on the board of the TalTech´s research vessel "Salme" or cooperate with the national weather service using their data for research and analysis.
- Theoretical studies are connected to practices in marine, weather and climate modelling using analytical and numerical models of circulation, waves and biogeochemistry.
- Students participating in the development of regional observation methods for the marine parameters of the Baltic Sea have access to the satellite imagery acquired via cooperation with the European Space Agency.
- Students can learn how to use, and have access to operational weather and marine monitoring and forecasting services.
Specialisation in Physics and Mathematics
Studies cover topics required for engineers working in science-based industry: scientific computing, mathematical modelling, mechanics of continua, fluid dynamics, quantum mechanics. One can choose between a wide range of elective courses covering both theoretical and practical areas, e.g. applied mathematics, computer simulations, experimental solid-state physics, turbulence, particle physics, etc.
The range of graduation project topics supervised by outstanding specialists is even wider; a few to mention are:
- Solitonics (Prof. Andrus Salupere),
- Inverse problems in applied mathematics (Prof. Jaan Janno),
- Turbulence and turbulent mixing (Prof. Jaan Kalda),
- Experimental solid-state physics incl. solar cells (Prof. Jüri Krustok),
- Cosmology, high energy physics and material science (internship in National Institute of Chemical and Biological Physics),
- Econophysics (internship in Swedbank).
Specialisation in Oceanography and Meteorology
The speciality of physical oceanography and atmospheric physics aims to give a fundamental and broad understanding of the physical processes in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and of the driving forces of Earth’s climate, in general. The students are familiarized with the modern methods and tools of environmental sciences, such as monitoring equipment and networks, remote sensing and numerical modelling. In addition, the students have an opportunity of studying complementing disciplines of environmental biology and chemistry, preparing them thereby for interdisciplinary research.
The courses in the curriculum help students to develop professional skills to counter environmental challenges across the world (climate change, severe weather, eutrophication, ocean acidification, coastal erosion). The theoretical studies are backed up by exercises and practical work using the modern research infrastructure of the Department of Marine Systems. An essential part of the curriculum is devoted to showing how to reach and preserve a healthy and natural environment on Earth, and to promoting sustainable development of our society.
Curriculum Outline (120 ECTS)
- General studies - cover the courses about entrepreneurship, which help to understand the essence of entrepreneurship and its processes.
- Core studies - create opportunities to get basic knowledge in physics and mathematics, a prerequisite for further specialised studies (continuum mechanics, scientific computing, equations of mathematical physics, etc.).
- Special studies - consist of Physics and Mathematics specialisation courses (quantum mechanics, mathematical modelling and nonlinear dynamics, geophysical fluid dynamics, particle physics, practical spectroscopy, etc.) and Oceanography and Meteorology specialisation courses (fundamentals of weather forecasting (synoptic and aviation meteorology), methods in marine environment protection, turbulence and mixing, remote sensing and marine optics, etc.).
- Free choice courses - this module aims to let the students choose to study topics according to their interests and/or specialisation.
- Graduation thesis - is an independently conducted research on a wide spectrum of topics, such as nanotechnology, quantum topics, solar cells, experimental solid state physics, econophysics, non-linear dynamics, biophysics, and more.