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Physics: Particle Physics, Cosmology and Accelerators

Course · 7.5 credits


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.

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.

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 applications

Application opportunities


Course responsible

Alice Ohlson

Email: alice [dot] ohlson [at] hep [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires general entry requirements, 22.5 credits in physics including knowledge corresponding to:

  • FYSB22 Basic Quantum Mechanics, 7.5 credits
  • FYSB23 Basic statistical Physics and quantum statistics, 7.5 credits, and
  • FYSB24 Atomic and Molecular Physics, 7.5 credits

and 45 credits in mathematics, including knowledge corresponding to:

  • MATA21 Analysis in One Variable, 15 credits,
  • MATA22 Linear Algebra 1, 7.5 credits,
  • NUMA01 Computational Programming with Python, 7.5 credits, 
  • MATB21 Analysis in Several Variables 1, 7.5 credits and
  • MATB22 Linear Algebra 2, 7.5 credits

as well as either 37.5 credits in physics, including knowledge corresponding to:

  • FYSA12 Introduction to University Physics, with Mechanics and Electricity, 15 credits
  • FYSA13 Introduction to University Physics, with Optics, Waves and Quantum Physics, 7.5 credits
  • FYSA14 Introduction to University Physics, with Thermodynamics, Climate and Experimental Methodology, 7.5 credits and
  • FYSB21 Mathematical Methods for Vibrations, Waves and Diffusion, 7.5 credits

or an additional 37.5 credits in mathematics, including knowledge corresponding to: 

  • MATB23 Analysis in Several Variables 2, 7.5 credits and
  • MATB24 Linear Analysis, 7.5 credits.

Students who have obtained the corresponding knowledge by other means may also be admitted to the course.

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 20 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 10 %, number of previous ECTS at application deadline (up to 165): 70 %.

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.

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Country-specific requirements

Check if there are any country-specific eligibility rules for you to study Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:

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Start Spring Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, part time 50%

In English

Study period

20 March 2024 - 2 June 2024


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

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.

When to apply for studies

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
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    Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –
  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (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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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 19 375

First payment: SEK 19 375

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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.

Tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 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 doctoral/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.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

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.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations