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.
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
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.
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.