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General Physics

What if satisfying your curiosity could become your job? At the Department of Physics in Lund, you can be curious and creative, and at the same time make a strategic choice for your career. Physicists in Lund study subjects including the smallest parts of matter, the interface between living cells and electronics, how to create a cleaner environment and how to cure cancer. At the same time, they are satisfying their curiosity.

As a Master’s student you will become part of a vibrant research community engaged in experiments at major international research facilities and in state-of-the-art laboratories on site. Cutting-edge theoretical studies are also undertaken.

You begin your studies by taking a number of courses, some of them general, some more specialised. The programme concludes with a Master’s project, for which you spend a full year in a research group or outside the University – there are many exciting possibilities within the high-tech industry in the Lund region.

Choosing General Physics will give you a lot of freedom to tailor your own education.

Practical information

If you already have a Bachelor's degree in physics, we recommend that you start by selecting four out of the seven "introduction to advanced studies in Physics"-courses:

FYSN11, Experiment is Research and Society - compulsory

FYSN13 Electromagnetism

FYSN15 Experimental Tools

FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics

FYTN02 Statistical Mechanics

FYTN03 Computational Physics

FYST43 Optics and Optical Design

If you have taken a similar course already during your Bachelor's degree, discuss with our study advisors.

.If you have a Bachelor's degree in a subject e.g. Engineering or Mathematics, you ought to start with FYSC01.

After that you are free to choose from the courses you are interested in. Remember to choose them so that they fulfill the requirements of the degree:

Career prospects

In June 2016 a synchrotron radiation laboratory, MAX IV, was inaugurated in Lund, while another international research institute, the European Spallation Source (ESS), is being constructed here. This will make Lund a centre for, among other things, materials science and will attract new entrepreneurs and research groups. The two institutes will add to the already existing opportunities for you as a graduate of this Master's programme.

Areas in which graduates find employment include information and communication technology, manufacturing, space exploration, life sciences, medicine, pharmacy, energy production, the environment, electronics and materials science.