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Theoretical Physics

Programme overview

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint. At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics together with the Department of Physics in Lund we offer a broad programme covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and mathematical physics. You can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high energy physics via nuclear and solid state physics within mathematical physics all the way to protein folding and plant growth within biophysics and computational biology. In all cases you will get a solid bases of theoretical knowledge needed to develop new models and to better understand how nature works.

As a Master’s student you will become part of a vibrant research community engaged in cutting-edge theoretical studies. You begin your studies by taking a number of courses, some of them general, some more specialised. The programme concludes with a Master’s project within one of the research groups.

Programme modules/Courses

The programme offers a wide range of courses. You should choose two courses for each study period (all are 7.5 hp half-time courses, unless otherwise stated).

Elective Advanced Physics courses:

Autumn Semester - first period

FYSN11      Physics Experiments in Research and Society‡
FYTN01      Mathematical Methods in Physics 
FYTN03      Computational Physics‡
FYTN05      Theoretical Biophysics
FYSN17      Quantum Mechanics‡ 
‡Part of FYSM01. Required courses in Masters programme in Physics.

Autumn Semester - second period
FYTN02       Statistical Mechanics‡
FYTN04       Theoretical Particle Physics
FYTN09       Classical Mechanics (odd years)
FYTN11       Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (even years)
FYST11       Theoretical Nuclear Physics
FYSN13       Electromagnetism‡
FYST12       Quantum Chaos (irregular)
FYTN06       Artificial neural networks (odd years)
ASTM21       Statistical Tools in Astronomy

‡Part of FYSM01. Required courses in Masters programme in Physics.

Spring semester - first period
FYTN10       Quantum Field Theory

FYTN12       Systems Biology: Models and Computations*
FYSN17       Quantum Mechanics‡
FYST17       Modern Experimental Particle Physics
‡Part of FYSM01. Required courses in Masters programme in Physics.
*Planned for spring 2015

Spring semester - second period
FYTN08       General relativity
FYST37       Advanced Quantum Mechanics (Sakurai)
FYST25       Solid State Theory
FYST13       Chaos, Science and Technology

During the second year you should make a Master's Degree Project corresponding to 30 or 60 hp credit points.

There are also some courses in physics at the basic level which may be relevant depending on your background as well as courses in technology, biology etc. For example
FYTB03          Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity
FMF150          Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics


Note that you are required to have at least 90 hp credit points of advanced courses and at least 90 hp credit points of physics courses (including your project) for a Master’s degree in Physics.


Note that the “umbrella course” FYSM01 (30hp) is required for a Master’s degree in Physics. Read more here:

Career prospects

A Master of Science in theoretical physics will give you ample
opportunities for pursuing a wide variety of careers depending
on your specialisation. Whereas many students go on to do
a PhD in theoretical physics and related subjects it is also
possible to find suitable careers outside academia. For example
in the fields of information and communication technology
as well as energy production where advanced programming and
modelling is sought for.
In addition the upcoming MAX IV and ESS laboratories in Lund
will also give new opportunities for theoretical physics graduates.



Coordinator of Program:

Johan Rathsman

email: Johan.Rathsman(at)

telephone: 046-222 34 95

Office: K319


Sven Åberg

email: sven.aberg(at)

telephone: 046 -222 96 33

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