Physics, General - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Are you attracted by the idea of a professional life with plenty of scope for your curiosity? This Master’s programme makes it possible for you to design your own physics degree. You can specialise in and across subject areas such as atomic physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, nanophysics and solid state physics.
At the Department of Physics, you can find an outlet for both your curiosity and your creativity. We study everything from the tiniest elementary particles to the boundary between living cells and electronics but also, for example, how to find solutions for a cleaner environment or to fight cancer.
As a student on the Master’s programme in general physics, you will be part of a vibrant organisation at the absolute forefront of research, with access to internationally outstanding facilities. The Department of Physics is characterised by dynamic research environments closely linked to two world-leading research facilities in Lund: the MAX IV Laboratory and the forthcoming neutron source ESS (European Spallation Source).
During your time on the programme, you will choose from a broad range of specialised courses to deepen your knowledge in the areas that interest you. The Master’s programme has strong links to research; the courses are continuously adapted to current research and you will come into in contact with many different research teams. There is a high proportion of teacher-directed learning. The programme is taught in English.
The programme includes two compulsory courses, one in quantum mechanics and one on quantum physics in research and society. During your first year of study, you will also get to choose among a number of other courses, such as statistical mechanics, computational physics, general relativity, experimental tools, spectroscopy and the quantum description of matter, and advanced electromagnetism.
During the second year of study, you will continue to build your expertise according to your own preferences. The degree project is equivalent to either 30 or 60 credits and is usually done in a research group.
The Master’s programme provides you with a good basis for research studies in physics. A large proportion of those who complete the programme go on to apply for doctoral studies, but you can also choose a career path outside academia. As a physicist, you can work in areas such as materials science, information and communication technology, aerospace engineering, energy production, nanotechnology, environmental science.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 16 October to 15 January.
Email: studievagledning [at] fysik [dot] lu [dot] se
Email: jan [dot] knudsen [at] maxiv [dot] lu [dot] se
Requirements and selection
Bachelor’s degree of at least 180 credits in physics or the equivalent. The degree must include at least 90 credits in 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:
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.
* Svensk student?
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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.
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.