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Master's programme in Physics - Theoretical Physics - Courses

The theoretical physics programme offers a wide range of courses. You should choose two courses for each study period. All courses give 7.5 ECTS credits except the Master's project which gives 30 credits.

See 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 six courses marked with #.

For students who started before 2020:

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

See degree requirements for details.

Recommended courses

Autumn semester - first period:

  • Quantum physics in research and society, FYSN21 (mandatory)
  • Quantum mechanics, FYSN17 (* / mandatory)
  • Mathematical methods in physics, FYTN01 (#)
  • Computational physics, FYTN03 (*#)

Autumn semester - second period:

  • Statistical mechanics, FYTN15 (*#)
  • Theoretical particle physics, FYTN04
  • Theoretical nuclear physics, FYST11 (odd years)
  • Quantum chaos,FYST12
  • Artificial neural networks, FYTN14
  • Systems biology, FYTN12 (even years)
  • Cosmology and astroparticle physics, FYTN11 (even years)
  • Classical mechanics, FYTN09 (odd years)

Spring semester - first period:

  • FYTN10: Quantum field theory
  • FYST17: Modern experimental particle physics
  • FYSN23: Electromagnetism (*#)
  • FYTN13: Symmetries and group theory
  • FYTN05: Theoretical biophysics

Spring semester - second period:

  • General relativity, FYTN08 (#)
  • Advanced quantum mechanics, FYST37 (#)
  • Quantum physics in research and society, FYSN21 (mandatory)
  • Solid state theory, FYST25
  • Chaos, science and technology, FYST13

During the second year you should do a Master's degree project corresponding to 30 ECTS credits. In some cases 60 ECTS credits can also be possible.

There are also some courses in physics at the basic level which may be relevant depending on your background as well as courses in technology, biology, et cetera, for example:

  • Classical mechanics and special relativity, FYTB03
  • Thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, FMF150

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.