Studies & Degrees in Radio Physics and Electronics

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Are you a physics or engineering student who is currently in the process of selecting a specialty in which to focus your graduate education?  Have you considered pursuing a Master of Science degree in the exciting field of Radio Physics and Electronics?  Radio Physics and Electronics is a cutting-edge discipline which offers enormous employment potential for qualified graduates.  Although the field is highly technical and quite advanced, those who persevere and undergo the appropriate education and training will find a world of opportunity awaiting them on the other side.  To help you become more familiar with this field of study, below we will briefly define Radio Physics and the various branches associated with it, and introduce you to some of the coursework you’re likely to encounter, as well as the eligibility requirements for entry into the program.
What Is Radio Physics?
Radio Physics (also written as Radiophysics) is a branch of physics that deals with the theoretical and experimental study of certain types of radiation, including its emission, propagation and interaction with different mediums.  In the educational world, the term can have several meanings, including:
  • The study of radio waves (this was the original area of research when radio physics initially became part of the academic curriculum).
  • The study of radiation used in radiology (x-rays, etc.).
  • The study of other ranges of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation in some specific applications.
Among the many applications of radio physics, the most notable are radio communications, radiolocation, radioastronomy and radiology.
There are several branches of radio physics now being offered by colleges and universities at the graduate and post-graduate level.  These include classical radio physics, the branch that focuses on radio wave communication and detection; quantum radio physics, a branch founded by Nikolai Basov of the former Soviet Union that deals with the physics of lasers and masers; and statistical radio physics, a specialty used primarily by electronic engineers.
Master of Science Degree in Radio Physics and Electronics:  Eligibility Requirements and Course Content
The Master of Science degree program in Radio Physics and Electronics is a three-year graduate field of study now being offered by colleges, universities and technical institutes throughout the world.  To be eligible for the program, students must, at minimum, possess a Bachelor of Science degree in a related field (electronic engineering, physics, quantum physics, electrical engineering, etc.) with at least a 3.0 grade point average in all core courses related to their degree.  Many institutions will also require a passing score on an entrance examination aimed at measuring student proficiency in mathematics and science.
The Master of Science degree in Radio Physics and Electronics combines both seminar courses and laboratory practice.  Some of the courses students are likely to encounter include:
  • Analytical and Numerical Methods
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices
  • Analog Circuits
  • Circuit Elements and Measurements
  • Network Synthesis and Transmission Networks
  • Logic and Switching Circuits
  • Microelectronics Materials and Technology
  • Guided Wave Transmission
  • Analog Electronics and Simulation
  • Transmission Line and Antenna Experiments
  • Computer Organization and Architecture
  • Analog Instrumentation and Measurements
  • Space Climatology and Weather 
  • Microwave and Millimeter-wave Engineering
  • And more…
The graduate degree program in Radio Physics and Electronic will typically culminate with a group or individual capstone research project which students will present to the faculty of the Department of Physics and/or Department of Engineering for evaluation.