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Master's programme in Physics - Biological Physics and Computational Biology - Courses

2 years · 120 credits

The biological physics and computational biology programme offers a wide range of courses. You should choose 15 credits of courses for each study period. All are 7.5 credits half-time courses, unless otherwise stated. Remember to check the course requirements and contact the course coordinator if in doubt.

See page about degree requirements for general requirements.

For students who start in 2020 or later

Two courses are mandatory: FYSN21 and FYSN17. You also have to take at least three of the five courses marked with # in the list below (FYTN03, FYTN05, FYTN12, FYTN14, FYTN15). We strongly recommend getting at least 2-3 required courses done during the first autumn term.

For students who started before 2020

FYSN21 (or FYSN11) is mandatory. Courses marked with * are among the six from which you have to choose at least three.

See Degree requirements for details.

During the second year, you should do a Master's degree project corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. In some cases, 60 ECTS credits is also possible. Most students on the programme have done a FYTM0x project in the Computational Biology group, but other physics Master's projects (for example FYSM30) are equally possible.
Keep in mind that advanced level courses may have special admission requirements.

Some of the courses are at the basic level and often given in Swedish. Note that you are required to have at least 90 ECTS credits of advanced courses and at least 90 ECTS credits in physics to get a Master's degree in physics.

Recommended courses

Autumn semester - first period:

  • Computational Physics, FYTN03 (*#, highly recommended year 1)
  • Quantum Mechanics, FYSN17 (*, mandatory from 2020)
  • Quantum Physics in Research and Society, FYSN21 (mandatory, also spring 2nd)

During the second year, some courses at other departments may be suitable:

  • Programming in Python, BINP16 (full-time, October)
  • Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis,BINP11 (full-time, September)
  • Cell Biology, MOBA01(Swedish, full-time, 15 credits)

Autumn semester - second period:

  • Statistical Mechanics, FYTN15 (*#)
  • Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning, FYTN14 (#, gives sought-after skills)
  • Systems Biology: Models and Computations, FYTN12 (#, even years, suitable year 2, requires FYTN03+05 but could be taken year 1 after FYTN03 with permission)
  • Statistical Tools in Astrophysics, ASTM21 (more widely applicable than the name suggests)
  • Advanced Electromagnetism, FYSN23 (*)
  • Classical Mechanics, FYTN09 (odd years)
  • Biokemi - grundkurs, KEMA03 (in Swedish, also spring 2nd)

Spring semester - first period:

  • Theoretical Biophysics, FYTN05 (#, prerequisite for bio-oriented FYTM0x master project)
  • Experimental Biophysics, FYST23 (15 credits, half-time, whole semester)

Spring semester - second period:

  • Quantum Physics in Research and Society, FYSN21 (mandatory, also autumn 1st)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics, FYST37
  • Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, FYST45
  • Fluid Dynamics, FYTA14
  • Biokemi - grundkurs, KEMA03 (in Swedish, also autumn 2nd)
  • Experimental Biophysics, FYST23 (continued)

Other courses that may also be suitable

  • Astrobiology, ASTC01 (autumn, second period)
  • Chaos, Science and Technology, FYST13 (spring, 2nd period)
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics, FYTN01 (autumn, 1st period)

Courses outside of physics, which may require special dispensation:

  • Biophysical Chemistry, KFKN10 (autumn, 2nd period)
  • Molecular Cell Biology, KMBF01 (15 credits, spring)
  • Structural Biochemistry, KEMM25 (15 credits, full-time, autumn, 2nd period)

Example plan with focus on biophysics

  • First autumn: FYSN17, FYTN03 and two of FYTN14/FYTN15/FYTN12
  • First spring: FYTN05, FYST23 and one of FYTA14/FYST45/FYST13
  • Second autumn: FYSN21, FYTN01, one of FYSN23/ASTM21/ASTC01 and one of FYTN14/FYTN15/FYTN12
  • Second spring: Master's project FYTM03/FYSM30