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Physics, Theoretical Physics - Master Programme

Master's programme · 2 years · 120 credits

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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 offered by the Department of Physics. The programme is taught in English.

Programme structure

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.

Career prospects

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.

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Application opportunities


Program coordinator

Roman Pasechnik

Email: roman [dot] pasechnik [at] hep [dot] lu [dot] se

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

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.


Selection criteria

Based on grades awarded for previous academic courses, particularly qualifying courses, and a statement of purpose for the application (from the applicant’s “Summary sheet”).

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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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

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.

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.
    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
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  • 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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Programme-specific documents

In addition to the documents mentioned under Step 2, you must also submit a 'Summary Sheet' when you apply for this programme.

Summary Sheet for the Master's programmes in Physics (PDF, new window)

Watch on YouTube: How to apply for a Master's programme 

Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 340 000

First payment: SEK 85 000

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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

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