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Physics and Gender

Course · 7.5 credits


Why is it that physics, which is considered objective and not affected by who is doing the research, teaching and learning, is so dominated by men among its practitioners? Why do so many groups of people select not to come to physics – or to leave the area? Could the explanation be found in the culture of our labs and institute? Or is it deeper – in the subject and how it is represented? How do we make physics more welcoming for a larger part of the population?

In this course we will try to address these and similar questions, by looking at and discussing the wealth of gender science applied to physics. The course will consist of two parts:

1. Introduction to gender science and its application to physics (4.5 ECTS).

This part is an introduction to gender science and how it can be applied to science in general and physics in particular. We are in this part discussing different fields of physics, such as learning and teaching of physics, the history of physics, the knowledge production and culture of physics. To better understand segregation, balance of power, culture and knowledge production in physics, we will use quantitative and statistical data, as well as qualitative analyses based on socio-psychological, anthropological and sociological studies.

2. Project on gender perspective on physics, 3 ECTS

In this part you will, alone or in a small group, carry out a project where you either analyse your own activities in physics or your own department, or perform a literature study on some relevant field for the course.

Course design

The teaching consists of lectures, group work and project work. The course is net distributed and is given via internet, but the course includes optional seminars and lectures on campus in Lund or other higher education institution in Scandinavia. Participation in group work and project work and thereto integrated teaching is compulsory. 

The courses is given at 25% speed during the entire semester of spring 2023. The course is given by Lund University but is a collaboration with Stockholm University and supported by Nordforsk.

Closed for applications

Application opportunities


Course repsonsible

Tomas Brage

Email: tomas [dot] brage [at] fysik [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires at least 90 credits in physics, physics didactics, mathematics or an equivalent discipline for example the three first semesters on an undergraduate education in physics, or an equivalent discipline and English 6/B.

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.

How to prove your English proficiency –

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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Country-specific requirements for Master's studies –


Start Spring Semester 2024

Mixed-time Lund, part time 25%

In English, distance learning

No mandatory meetings

Study period

15 January 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
    Country-specific requirements for Bachelor's studies –
    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