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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.

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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: http://www.utbildning.fysik.lu.se/fysm01

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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.