Computational Science, Physics - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Are you interested in combining computational science with the fascinating world of physics? This Master’s programme gives you specialist knowledge in how to use numerical simulations and machine learning to make forecasts and analyses, or to replace experiments. You can learn how to generate and store large amounts of data and use data science to search for patterns, connections, and trends in issues related to physics.
Advanced computations are increasingly important in research and business. In this Master’s programme you will learn how to study complex processes within physics, and how computational science can contribute to knowledge evolution in society. Computational physics is a branch of computational science in which analytical, numerical and statistical methods are used to analyse and draw conclusions from physics models and large data sets from physics experiments. Examples of focus areas are accelerator physics, cell dynamics, supernovas and environmental and climate change.
The programme will prepare you for a professional career in academia as well as in business and industry. In addition to theory for computational science, there will be an emphasis on obtaining knowledge about the practical tools that are used by professionals in the field, including training your skills in programming. You will get general knowledge and skills of importance for computationally intensive professions, such as problem formulation, searching information, data processing, scientific writing, and presentation techniques.
The Master’s programme gives you specialised knowledge in the field of computational science, while also being interdisciplinary in character. Participating students have a background in maths/physics and an interest in mathematics and programming, but you will take courses alongside students from other specialisations. In this context, there will be a chance to conduct joint projects and degree projects. The programme has strong ties with research. You will be taught by internationally well-recognised researchers, and you will be in contact with several research groups. The programme is taught in English.
You can read this Master’s programme even if you do not have a Bachelor’s degree in physics. In this case, the course structure gives you a general education in physics at first and second-cycle level, focusing on the interaction between numerical methods and theoretical models. If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in physics, you will deepen your knowledge in the subject with a particular focus on areas that require computational science methods.
If you do not have a Bachelor’s degree in physics, the first year of study includes five compulsory courses: modelling in computational science, basic quantum mechanics, basic statistical physics and quantum statistics, atomic and molecular physics and numerical methods for differential equations. If you already have a Bachelor’s degree in physics, you take only two of these courses and build on them with courses such as stationary stochastic processes, advanced electromagnetism, Monte Carlo methods for statistical inference, and numerical simulations of flow problems. The degree project is worth 30 credits.
Graduates of the programme can embark on several different career paths. The Master’s programme gives you a solid foundation for third-cycle education in the natural sciences, or a career within industry or business. You can thus also choose a career path outside academia and then find attractive jobs in areas where there is a need to solve natural science problems with the help of statistics, data processing or simulations, in industry or in public administration and other organisations.
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Master Programme Coordinator
Email: compsci [at] math [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Bachelor´s degree in Physics of at least 180 credits.
Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits in Science or Engineering. The degree should contain at least 30 credits mathematics, of which 6 credits in programming and 7.5 credits in statistics, and an additional 90 credits in mathematics and/or physics.
Proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish upper-secondary school.
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 Bachelor's or Master's studies in Sweden:
Start Autumn Semester 2024
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
2 September 2024 - 7 June 2026
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.
Visit the University Admissions in Sweden website
- 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 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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In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply for this programme. Click on the link below to download the template document.
Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 340 000
First payment: SEK 85 000
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 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.
- Paying your application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Exemptions from paying the application fee – universityadmissions.se
- Convert currency – xe.com
*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.
Swedish Institute Scholarships
The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.
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.