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The department in brief

That physics has a long history in Lund is no exaggeration. The subject is already present when the university is founded in 1666. In 1735, the department gets its first own premises in Kungshuset in Lundagård. At the department, research is currently conducted in almost all areas of modern physics.

The Department of Physics is one of Lund University's largest departments with almost 400 employees, of which about 100 professors and senior lecturers and about 150 doctoral students.

Together with the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics and the Department of Medical Radiation Physics, the Department of Physics is the physical subject area at Lund University.

Our research

Our research covers many aspects of modern physics, and we conduct both basic and applied research, which includes both experiments and theoretical modeling.

Our research is divided into seven research divisions. The divisions are organised on the basis of subject community and our research groups can be found here.

Our research areas include subatomic physics, molecular physics, condensed matter physics, materials science, biophysics, accelerators and advanced light sources, such as lasers and synchrotron light systems.


We have a broad teaching and research spectrum in the subject of physics, with teaching at undergraduate and advanced level at Lund University and at the Faculty of Science.

We offer our students broad courses that impart basic knowledge in physics, as well as many high-level courses that provide advanced knowledge in special subjects. We are involved in teacher education in physics and also in the education of hospital physicists.

International cooperation

We have extensive operations related to the international facilities for particle and nuclear physics. It is CERN on the border between Switzerland and France and FAIR in Darmstadt, Germany. In addition, we have connections to many international research facilities, and we have teaching and research collaborations around Sweden, Europe and around the World.
We are part of several center formations and strategic research areas at Lund University: NanoLund, Merge and eSSENCE.

The Department of Physics will be part of Lund University's establishment in Science Village.

Management and organisation

The Department of Physics is headed by a department board and the head of department. The head of department has an executive function and responsibility for daily operations. In support, the head of department has a management group consisting of deputy and deputy heads of department, our administrative manager. There are also several different preparatory and advisory bodies.