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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 courses are 7.5 ECTS credit points unless stated otherwise).

Elective Advanced Physics courses:

Autumn Semester - first period
FYTN03          Computational Physics
FYTN05          Theoretical Biophysics
FYSN17          Quantum Mechanics
FYTN11          Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics

Autumn Semester - second period
FYTN02          Statistical Mechanics 
FYTN04          Theoretical Particle Physics
FYST11          Theoretical Nuclear Physics
FYSN13          Electromagnetism
FYST12          Quantum Chaos
FYTN06          Artificial neural networks (every second year)
ASTM24          Statistical Tools in Physics and Astronomy

Spring semester - first period
FYTN09          Classical Mechanics (Goldstein)
FYTN10          Quantum Field Theory
FYSN17          Quantum Mechanics
FYST17          Modern Experimental Particle Physics

Spring semester - second period
FYTN01          Mathematical Methods in Physics
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 ECTS credit points (In some cases 60 ECTS credit points can also be possible)

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 ECTS credit points advanced courses and at least  90 ECTS credit points physics to get a Master in Physics.


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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