Master's Programme in Theoretical Physics, 120 credits

About the education

The Master's Programme in Theoretical Physics gives a solid foundation in theoretical physics, with the possibility to specialize in e.g. cosmology, string theory, general relativity, condensed matter physics and quantum information.

Aims and goals

The masters program in theoretical physics has two main goals: first to provide the student with a solid mastery of the basic techniques of modern physics, in particular in the areas of quantum field theory, statistical mechanics and advanced numerical methods. Secondly, to offer the opportunity to a specialized and in depth study of a subject in the front line of modern research in theoretical physics.

Content and range

a. Courses. Mathematics, and to an increasing degree also numerical simulations and computer algebra, play an important role in theoretical physics. The masters students are given good possibilities to complement their education in theoretical physics with advanced courses in these areas. In addition, the students are offered a number of advanced courses in different areas of physics in order to further broaden their education. More detailed information about the courses in the program is available at:

b. Thesis. The supervisors, and most of the lecturers, in the masters program are active researchers in different areas of modern theoretical physics such as cosmology, string theory, general relativity, condensed matter physics and quantum information. During the master thesis project, the student will be integrated in one of the research groups, and in that way get a first hand experience of professional theoretical research.

Exam and employment opportunities

Even though one of the main goals of the masters program is to prepare for graduate studies in theoretical physics, the program also opens for other career opportunities. The training in critical thinking and analysis of new complex phenomena, which is obtained during the program is very useful not only in other academic disciplines such as bioinformatics and applied mathematics, but also outside the academic world in areas such as finance, insurance and telecommunications.

Subject: Physics

Physics deals with ‘matter and its motion’ as well as ‘space and time’. Important concepts are then force, energy, mass and charge. It is an experimental science and its goal is to understand the natural world. The interplay with theoretical model building and experimental work is then important.

It is an old science subfield and it developed through the subfield of astronomy to which it is strongly related. The ‘modern’ science discipline physics developed during the 17th century when it diverged from disciplines like mathematics, biology and chemistry. Today one can see that the boundaries between these fields of science are more difficult to define again.

Today, physics is a broad and highly developed subject. Research is divided into many subfields: condensed matter physics; atomic, molecular, nuclear and optical physics; high energy physics, elementary particle physics and astrophysics. At Fysikum there are research groups in all the main areas of physics. There is a number of open questions in physics.

Mainly physics is studied in study programs at Stockholm University but we have also a lot of separate courses. There is a Bachelors of Science programme in Physics and three masters programmes in respectively Physics, Theoretical Physics and Computational Physics. The teaching of the masters programmes are in English. In the B.Sc programme English textbooks are used extensively.

Area of interest: Science and Mathematics

Science and mathematics help us understand how the world around us is connected – from the origin and structure of the universe, to the development and function of humanity and all other organisms on earth.

Scientific knowledge makes it possible to critically examine the credibility of information in different areas of everyday life, society, and the media.

As a scientist or mathematician, you will be attractive on a large job market that covers all parts of society and includes everything from pure technology companies to environment and healthcare, as well as research.

Department responsible for education

Department of Physics