Department of Physics

Lund University

Bachelor's programme

If you want to develop solar cells or fusion power, if you want to work with radiation therapy or build spacecrafts, if you want to forecast storms or try to catch cosmic particles, if you want to understand the building blocks that make up matter or how the universe started - then you should study physics!

The scientific community is an international society, and physicists often do their research cooperating with colleagues from across the globe. We offer the whole Bachelor's programme in English, and since all of the courses on advanced level are given in English you are free to choose from a wide variety of courses.

As a physicist you will have a broad education and a great range of tools for problem solving, tools which you can apply in almost any situation. These tools include great mathematical and programming skills.

If you are interested in doing research, you have plenty of subjects to specialise in, for example materials science, nanoscience, nuclear or particle physics, biological physics or synchrotron based science, but you can also use your knowledge in other fields like chemistry or economics.

Your expertise will be sought after on the labour market outside academia. Not only your physics knowledge, but also your ability to work analytically and independently, your ability to acquire knowledge and your ability to communicate both in writing and by word are all qualities an employer values.

Course of studies

The Bachelor's programme is completed over the course of three years, and is usually followed up by a two-year Master of Science degree.

In the first semester of the international Bachelor's programme, you will be studying introductory mathematics, where you will learn basic calculus in one variable and basic algebra.

In the second semester you will be introduced to physics and study the basics of mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, nuclear and particle physics and more. In the third semester you will learn more mathematical methods, and you will be introduced to quantum mechanics. The fourth semester is devoted to modern physics, including nuclear and particle physics, quantum mechanics and solid state theory.

The courses join theory with laboratory exercises, giving you a good experience in performing and analysing experiments.

After these two years of basics, you are free to choose from plenty of courses, depending on which parts of physics you find the most interesting, and in which subject you want to specialise.

During the sixth semester you will combine courses running at half-time with your diploma work. You will do this together with one of the university's research teams, in the subject area in which you are the most interested. When your diploma work is finished, you receive the Bachelor's degree and are ready to continue studying at advanced level.