Physics, Particle Physics - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Are you fascinated by the tiniest components of our world and the forces that affect them? This Master’s programme enables you to take part in the hunt for new knowledge via international experiments such as those at CERN, the world’s largest par-ticle physics laboratory. At the same time, you will acquire expertise that is useful be-yond the world of research.
In this programme, you will gain an understanding of the fundamental principles that govern the structure of the entire physical world, through the mathematical theories and experimental data that reveal the physics of the known universe. Among other things, the Master’s programme will provide you with specialised knowledge of the standard model of physics, including its fundamental potential to explain the basic principles of physics, as well as its limitations. You will gain insight into the research that strives for explanations outside the framework of the standard model, e.g. with regard to the universe’s dark matter. You will also get an opportunity to immerse yourself in research on the quark-gluon plasma, the extremely energy-dense matter which characterised the early universe.
These areas of knowledge are investigated at CERN, on the border between France and Switzerland. Lund University’s Department of Physics participates very actively in the research at CERN. As a student in the Master’s programme in particle physics, you will visit the facility to study the ongoing research in two of the laboratory’s largest experiments, ATLAS (on the standard model) and ALICE (on quark-gluon plasma). You will also participate actively in analysing fresh data from the experiments. Particle physicists at Lund University are also very active in setting up a new experiment: LDMX – Light Dark Matter eXperiment. Data collection is to begin in 2024 at SLAC in California and, only a few years later, LDMX will become one of the most sensitive experiments in the world searching for dark matter.
The Master’s programme has strong links to research, and provides you with extensive training in processing and interpreting large amounts of data. You will practise both oral and written communication and gain good experience of collaborating in groups. All teaching staff members are active researchers, so the courses are continuously adapted to current research. The proportion of teacher-directed learning is high. The language of instruction is 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 choose between a number of other courses, for example in experimental tools, modern experimental particle physics or statistical mechanics.
During your second year of study, you will continue to build your expertise on the basis of your personal preferences. For example, you can take a course on theoretical particle physics. Your degree project will be equivalent to either 30 or 60 credits and will be done in a research group. During the degree project work, you have the opportunity to be an active member of an international research team and, in certain cases, to visit the experiments or take part in workshops and meetings.
The Master’s programme provides a good basis for research studies in particle physics and prepares you to work in the major international research laboratories. Both the research facilities in Lund – the MAX IV Laboratory and ESS (European Spallation Source) – also contribute to new opportunities on the labour market. A master’s degree in particle physics also prepares you well for a career path outside of academia; many graduates go on to jobs in fields such as information and communications technology, or e-science, where there is a need for expertise in advanced programming and modelling as well as the processing of large amounts of data.
Open for applicationsApplication opportunities
This programme is open for applications from 17 October to 16 January.
There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
Email: peter [dot] christiansen [at] hep [dot] lu [dot] se
Email: studievagledning [at] fysik [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 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.
* 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 310 000
First payment: SEK 77 500
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.