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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.

Mandatory courses for students who started in 2020 or later

  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society
  • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics
  • At least three of the six following courses:
    • FYSN23 Electromagnetism
    • FYST37 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • FYTN01 Mathematical Methods in Physics
    • FYTN03 Computational Physics
    • FYTN08 General Relativity
    • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics

Mandatory courses for students who started before 2020

  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society
  • At least three of the six following courses:
    • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics
    • FYSN23 Electromagnetism
    • FYSN15 Experimental Tools
    • FYST43 Optics and Optical Design
    • FYTN03 Computational Physics
    • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics (previously FYTN02)

See degree requirements for details.

If you have taken these courses previously, they count towards the specific requirements. If you have taken equivalent courses elsewhere, the programme coordinator will have to verify that the contents and level are equivalent. (Especially note that FYNS17 is an advanced level course, not basic quantum mechanics. If you have already taken quantum mechanics at this level, we recommend replacing FYSN17 with FYST37 Advanced Quantum Mechanics.)

Degree project

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 FYTM03/04 project in the Computational Biology group, but other physics master's projects (for example FYSM30) are equally possible.

Read more about the degree projects on the Canvas pages: Diploma Work for Bachelor or Master of Science in Physics.

Recommended courses

Autumn semester - first period:

  • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics (mandatory from 2020)
  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also autumn 2nd)
  • FYTN01 Mathematical Methods of Physics
  • FYTN03 Computational Physics
  • FYST57 Chaos, Science and Technology

Autumn semester - second period:

  • FYTN11 Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (even years)
  • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics
  • FYTN16 Classical Mechanics (odd years)
  • FYTN18 Theoretical Particle Physics
  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also autumn 1st)
  • FYST11 Theoretical Nuclear Physics (odd years)
  • FYTN14 Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning

Spring semester - first period:

  • FYTN10 Introduction to Quantum Field Theory
  • FYST62 Modern Experimental Particle Physics
  • FYSN23 Electromagnetism
  • FYTN13 Symmetries and Group Theory (odd years)
  • FYTN05 Theoretical Biophysics

Spring semester - second period:

  • FYTN08 General Relativity
  • FYST37 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • FYST68 Solid State Theory

Other courses

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:

  • FYTB14 Classical Mechanics and Special Relativity

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.

Master programme coordinator

Theoretical physics

Roman Pasechnik
roman [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se (roman[at]thep[dot]lu[dot]se)