Physics, Theoretical Physics - Master Programme
Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits
Would you like to understand how our physical world is constructed and functions from a theoretical and mathematical perspective? This Master’s programme allows you, from a theoretical perspective, to immerse yourself in subject areas such as atomic physics, nuclear physics, nanophysics, solid state physics or particle physics.
During the Master’s programme students can examine several different approaches to matter and elementary particles as well as their inherent forces. You will also participate in dynamic research environments that are closely associated with two world-leading research facilities in Lund: the MAX IV Laboratory and the forthcoming ESS (European Spallation Source) neutron source.
The Master’s programme covers a broad spectrum of the areas found within theoretical and mathematical physics. Regardless of which area you choose, the programme provides a stable foundation of theoretical knowledge which enables to develop new models. In theoretical particle physics, for example, you can decide to study the smallest constituents of matter and how these elementary particles interact with one another. You can also immerse yourself in applications of mathematical physics within the subject areas of nuclear physics and solid state physics.
The programme provides strong proficiency in the fundamentals of theoretical physics and good opportunities to specialise in a research area of your interest and choice. The Master’s programme has strong ties with research and a high proportion of teacher-directed learning. The programme is jointly offered by the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics and the Department of Physics. The programme is taught in English.
The programme has two compulsory courses, one on quantum mechanics and one on quantum physics in research and society. During the first year of study you will also choose among several other courses such as mathematical methods in physics, computational physics, statistical mechanics, general relativity, advanced quantum mechanics and advanced electromagnetism.
During the second year of study you will continue to build your expertise based on your own wishes. You can take courses on e.g. quantum field theory, theoretical particle physics, artificial neural networks, theoretical nuclear physics or symmetries and group theory. The degree project is generally worth 30 credits and conducted in a research team, but it can also be extended to comprise more credits.
Graduates of the programme can embark on several different career paths depending on the selected programme profile. The Master’s programme gives you a good foundation for third cycle studies within physics, and a large proportion of those who have completed the Master’s programme in theoretical physics go on to apply to doctoral programmes. You can, however, also choose a career path outside academia in areas such as information and communication technology or energy production, where there is a need for expertise in advanced programming and modelling. In addition, new research facilities, such as the MAX IV Laboratory and ESS in Lund, also contribute new opportunities on the labour market.
Applications will open on the
There is a preparation programme available for this Master's degree
Email: roman [dot] pasechnik [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se
Director of studies
Email: studierektor [at] atp [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.
Start Autumn Semester 2021
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30 August 2021 - 4 June 2023
Closed for applications
Start Autumn Semester 2022
Day-time Lund, full time 100%
29 August 2022 - 2 June 2024
Will open for applications 2021-10-18
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 www.universityadmissions.se where you create an account and select programmes/courses, during the application period.
- 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 www.universityadmissions.se. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies.
- 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 and proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
- Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the adjacent column 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? Läs instruktionerna om att söka till ett internationellt masterprogram på lu.se
In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' (PDF, new window) when you apply for this programme.
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Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 290 000
First payment: SEK 72 500
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 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at www.universityadmissions.se. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.
Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions on the University Admissions website.
*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or 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 Bachelor's, Master's, PhD and post-doctoral levels.
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.
- Scholarships/funding for students from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Russia and Chile
- US student finance
- Canada student finance