Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The student obtains on different traditional fields of materials physics the basic knowledge  about materials' ionic and electronic properties, materials-related phenomena, and models used to describe them. Thereafter, she or he can apply this knowledge to follow broadly the modern materials research and become a researcher on a particular materials physics' field based on experimental or theoretical (computational) methods.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.06.2023 - 07.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jose Lado Villanueva

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Selected topics in materials physics: Electron dynamics in periodic solids, physics of semiconductors, lattice defects, dielectric properties of solids, magnetism. The last two topics include also interaction of materials with electromagnetic fields.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures with pre-assignments, group presentations on selected topics in quantum materials, individual exercise and oral exam. Grading is based on weighted average of the previous tasks.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact teaching includes lectures and group presentations, group work and independent work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    S. Elliott: The Physics and Chemistry of Solids

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    Registration via WebOodi.