Your browser has javascript turned off or blocked. This will lead to some parts of our website to not work properly or at all. Turn on javascript for best performance.

The browser you are using is not supported by this website. All versions of Internet Explorer are no longer supported, either by us or Microsoft (read more here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-ie-support).

Please use a modern browser to fully experience our website, such as the newest versions of Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari etc.

Master's programme in Physics - Theoretical Physics

2 years · 120 credits

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint? At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics together with the Department of Physics in Lund we offer a broad programme covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and mathematical physics.

You can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high energy physics via nuclear and solid state physics within mathematical physics, all the way to protein folding and plant growth within biophysics and computational biology. In all cases you will get a solid basis of theoretical knowledge needed to develop new models and to better understand how nature works.

As a Master's student you will become part of a vibrant research community engaged in cutting-edge theoretical studies. 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 within one of the research groups. You have a lot of freedom to tailor your own studies, but we have also put together some strong specialisations: Biophysics and Computational Biology, Nuclear Physics, Solid State Physics, Nanophysice, Atomic Physics and Theoretical High Energy Physics.

List of courses included in the Master's programme in Physics - Theoretical Physics

Career prospects

A Master of Science in Theoretical Physics will give you ample opportunities for pursuing a wide variety of careers depending on your specialisation. Whereas many students to on to do a PhD in theoretical physics and related subjects, it is also possible to find suitable careers outside of academia, for example in the fields of information and communication technology or energy production, where advanced programming and modelling skills are needed.

In addition, the upcoming MAX IV and ESS laboratories in Lund will also provide new opportunities for theoretical physics graduates.

How to apply