MS with Thesis

Physics has always remained and still is at the center of science and technology. The laws of physics that are reached through observations and careful experimentation find applications from the subatomic particles to the astronomic formations such as stars and galaxies. On the other hand, design of advanced technology materials, fabrication of semiconductor devices, the development of optical communication systems have all evolved as applications of physics.

Our department has both theoretical and experimental research activities. Quantum information theory, gravitation and condensed matter physics are among our theoretical research interests. On the experimental research side, we have three advanced laboratories where we focus on solid state lasers, optoelectronic and nano-photonic materials and devices.

Our M. S. Program aims at teaching fundamental physics at a high level and coupling this knowledge with a research experience in either theoretical or applied physics depending on the interests of the student.

Degree Requirements

Applicants must have B.S. or B.A. degrees preferably in engineering or in sciences relevant to the particular degree program. In addition to course work, students are engaged in thesis research. Every student is supervised by an advisor. The M.S. Program with Thesis option requires that the students successfully complete a minimum of 21 credits (with 7 courses) beyond a Bachelor’s degree.

In addition to the credit courses, students must complete the non-credit courses; PHYS 590 Seminar, ENGL 500 Graduate Writing and TEAC 500 Teaching Experience.

Acceptance Conditions to Master Program with Thesis in Physics

  • At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • Personal and Educational Background Information (CV)
  • TOEFL or YDS/e-YDS/YOKDIL Requirement (for those whose native language is not English)
    TOEFL Internet Based: Minimum Score 80 (Exams taken in Turkey must be carried out at the State Universities.)
    – YDS/e-YDS/YOKDIL: 80
  • ALES/GRE score
  • Official transcripts from all the universities attended

One of the most important parts of your application is the motivation letter. Its goal is to introduce your background and support your application. In short, its goal is to answer the question:

“Why are you a suitable candidate?”

Write in a clear and logical manner: remember, the way you write and present yourself says a lot about you. Do not plagiarize as this will mean automatic disqualification from the evaluation process.

Some points that may help you answer this question:

  • Why have I chosen to apply to this programme?
  • What do I expect to gain from my studies?
  • Why does my academic and personal background make me a suitable candidate for this programme and for Koç University (potential for success, demonstrated qualities and skills)?
  • Why is Koç University a good choice for me as an individual?

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Curriculum

Required core courses (3 credits each):

  • PHYS 501 CLASSICAL MECHANICS
  • PHYS 502 CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS
  • PHYS 503 ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS I
  • PHYS 506 STATISTICAL MECHANICS I

Elective courses (3 credit each):

  • PHYS 504 ADVANCED QUANTUM MECHANICS II
  • PHYS 505 CLASSICAL ELECTRODYNAMICS II
  •  PHYS 507 STATISTICAL MECHANICS II
  • PHYS 508 OPTICAL AND LASER SPECTROSCOPY
  • PHYS 509 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS I
  • PHYS 510 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS II
  • PHYS 513 APPLIED MATHEMATICS I
  • PHYS 514 ADVANCED SCIENTIFIC COMPUTATION
  • PHYS 515 CLASSICAL FIELD THEORIES
  • PHYS 516 GENERAL RELATIVITY AND ASTROPHYSICS
  • PHYS 517 QUANTIZED FIELD THEORIES I
  • PHYS 518 QUANTIZED FIELD THEORIES II
  • PHYS 519 GROUP THEORY AND ITS APPLICATIONS IN PHYSICS
  • PHYS 520 OPTICAL MICRO-CAVITIES
  • PHYS 521 PHOTONICS AND LASERS
  • PHYS 522 ATOM OPTICS
  • PHYS 523 INTRODUCTION TO QUANTUM COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION PHYSICS
  • PHYS 524 SINGLE-MOLECULE OPTICS
  • PHYS 525 PHOTONIC MATERIALS AND DEVICES
  • PHYS 526 FEMTOSECOND OPTICS AND LASERS
  • PHYS 527 COMPLEX DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
  • PHYS 529 INTRODUCTION TO OPTICS

Students who have TA assignments must take TEAC 500: Teaching Experience during the semesters of their assignments. Students must also take ENGL 500 Graduate Writing course.

PHYS 590 SEMINAR (Non-Credit)
PHYS 595 M.S. THESIS (Non-Credit)