Physics: Particle Physics, Cosmology and Accelerators
Course · 7.5 credits
Which are the fundamental constituents of matter and which forces act upon them? Particle Physics is the subject that addresses the fundamental principles governing our world, and how the fundamental constituents of matter interact with each other to produce the world we see. This understanding is formulated mathematically by the theory known as the Standard Model. In this course the constituents and forces in the Standard Model will be introduced.
The Experimental aspect of the course covers both the technical principles of large accelerators, such as the 27 km circumference Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, and the detector technologies of the experiments measuring the particles produced in the collisions produced by the accelerator.
Finally, theory and experiment comes together in the discussion of possible extensions of the Standard Model, such as candidates for Dark Matter and Supersymmetric particles, and the experimental techniques used to search for them.
The overall goal of the course is to give a broad perspective of the field and to highlight some surprising and intriguing aspects of particle physics such as anti-matter, neutrino oscillations, quark confinement, and the Higgs mechanism.
At the end of the course, there is the chance to visit the international particle physics laboratory DESY in Hamburg. The visit will be guided by scientists working at the laboratory and will show some real-life examples of particle physics research.
Language of instruction
The course is taught in English.
Closed for applicationsApplication opportunities
Johanna Nilsson Onsberg
Email: studievagledning [at] fysik [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Entry to the course requires general entry requirements and 60 credits including physics knowledge equivalent to FYSA12 Physics: Introduction to university physics with mechanics and electromagnetism, 15 credits, FYSA13 Physics: Introduction to university physics with optics, electrondynamics, and quantum physics, 7.5 credits, FYSA14 Physics: Introduction to university physics with thermodynamics, climate and experimental methodology, 7.5 credits, FYSB21 Physics: Mathematical methods for oscillations, waves and diffusion, 7.5 credits, FYSB22 Physics: Basic quantum mechanics, 7.5 credits, FYSB23 Physics: Basic statistical Physics and quantum statistics, 7.5 credits, and FYSB24 physics: Atomic and Molecular Physics, 7.5 credits and 45 credits in Mathematics equivalent MATA21 mathematics: One variable calculus, 15 credits, MATA22 Mathematics: Linear algebra 1, 7.5 credits, NUMA01 Numerical analysis: Mathematical programming with Python, 7.5 credits, MATB21 Mathematics: Multivariable analysis 1, 7.5 credits, MATB22 Mathematics: Linear algebra 2, 7.5 credits. Students who have obtained the equivalent knowledge by other means may also be admitted to the course.
English language requirements
Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.
Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Master's studies or Bachelor's studies in Sweden.
Start Spring Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
23 March 2022 - 5 June 2022
Closed for applications
Start Autumn Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, part time 50%
31 October 2022 - 15 January 2023
Closed for applications
How to apply
Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods.
Step 1: Apply online
- Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
- Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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- Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.
Step 2: Submit documents
- Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies – universityadmissions.se
Country-specific requirements for Master's studies – universityadmissions.se
- Get all your documents ready:
- official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
- official transcripts and degree certificate or proof of expected graduation (Master's applicants)
- passport/ID (all applicants) and
- proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
- Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
- Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.
* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 18 125
First payment: SEK 18 125
Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.
EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland
There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or PhD students, regardless of their nationality.
Scholarships & funding
Lund University Global Scholarship programme
The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
Country-specific scholarships and funding options
Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile, among other countries
- US student finance
- Canada student finance