The laws of nature are formulated as mathematical and statistical relationships. If you want to understand most fundamental properties of nature, have a passion for physics and mathematics and want to use it to model, understand and predict physical processes - then you should study theoretical physics!
As a theoretical physicist, you will have broad math and computer modelling skills. You will also be trained to see connections, structures and patterns, allowing you to use your tools in a wide range of seemingly different areas. There are many questions that theoretical physicists still have to find an answer to, for example, the properties of the fundamental particles and design of the experiments intended to find them; creation and evolution of the Universe; existence of gravity and much more.
Since the tools you will get during your education are so universal, you can also apply them to other subjects, such as biology, chemistry, medicine and economics.
Department of Theoretical Physics in Lund has essentially two research departments: theoretical high-energy physics, where, among other things, researchers are trying to understand the so-called strong force and predict the outcome of particle collisions with computer simulations; and computational biology and biological physics, where, for example, researchers use statistical methods to calculate how macromolecules proteins may structure.
Course of studies
In your first year along with all other physics students, you will be taking basic courses in physics and mathematics. During the third semester, you will continue to study math in more detail and learn how to make and use computer models based on bio- and geophysical applications. The fourth semester is devoted to expand your knowledge in physics, including electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. In the final year you can choose from a large variety of courses such as astronomy, theoretical physics, advanced quantum mechanics, theoretical biophysics or further broadening of your math and modelling skills.
During the sixth semester, you will complete a Bachelor’s project within one of the research areas at the faculty: theoretical high-energy physics, computational biology and biological physics or astronomy.
Already during your Bachelor's degree you will be taken courses at advanced level, and after graduation, you can continue to broaden or deepen in subjects like general relativity, quantum field theory, cosmology, chaos theory, artificial neural networks and complex economy.