Master's Programme in Theoretical Physics
Physics is constantly developing and it is the task of the theoretical physicist to use and to improve existing theories and models, find new ones to describe recently discovered phenomena, or shed new light on old problems. This MSc programme offers you advanced knowledge in theoretical physics in a strong research environment.
Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.
In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.
Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
Checklist for admitted students
Activate your university account
The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.
Register at your department
Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.
Read all the information on this page
Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.
Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.
Information from the department
Everyone admitted to a programme at the Department of Physics will receive a welcome letter with important information via e-mail. If you have not receive the mail by the beginning of August, please contact our study advisor!
All programmes at the Department of Physics starts with a mandatory introductory meeting (roll-call). You will receive more detailed information about the meeting via e-mail. If you are planning to start the programme but for some reason cannot participate in the meeting, contact our study advisor. Contact details are found further down on this web page.
Elective courses within a programme
If you are admitted to a programme at the Department of Physics you will also automatically be admitted to the compulsory courses within the programme given during the autumn. The courses included in the programme are listed further down on this web page. You will also receive information about this via e-mail. If you have elective courses within your programme during the autumn, you need to choose courses at the start of the semester. Information about this is provided at the introductory meeting.
If you are admitted to a programme at our department you can register yourself to the courses within your programme using your university account. Registration normally opens two weeks before the course starts and you must have registered at the latest one week after the first lecture. If you have any problems with registration, contact our student office. Contact details are found further down on this web page.
If you are conditionally admitted to a programme at the Department of Physics you need to contact our study advisor. Contact us as soon as possible, well before the the first course within the programme starts. Contact details are found further down on this web page.
Applicants on waiting list
Are you placed on a waiting list to a programme at our department? You will always be contacted by e-mail if you are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the beginning of the term.
Find the Departmend of Physics
Most of the physics courses are held in the AlbaNova building, located between the Frescati campus and the Royal Institute of Technology (Tekniska högskolan, KTH). Courses in medical radiation physics are held at Campus Karolinska Hospital. A few of our physics courses are also given in collaboration with KTH or other departments. If this is the case it is clearly stated further down on this web page.
Education during autumn 2020
Most courses at the Department of Physics which starts during the first period of the autumn semester will have lectures given online, while practical elements (eg laboratory exercises) and examination take place on campus.
More specific deatalis regarding the courses within the programme can be found further down on this web page or the course page in the Athena learning platform. If you have questions you can contact the course coordinator; contact details are found further down on this web page.
Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department.
Find your way on campus
Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.
For new international students
This two-year programme gives you advanced knowledge and broad qualifications in how to use the mathematical and statistical methods that are applicable within theoretical physics.
Thanks to the flexibility of the program and a combination of mandatory and optional courses, you can create your unique profile by combining courses of your interest. Our optional courses cover areas such as quantum field theory, cosmology, astroparticle physics, condensed matter and advanced statistical physics. The final component of your studies is a master thesis project where students get to apply their knowledge and plan, carry out and report a research project. This is often performed together with one of our theoretical physics research groups. We offer the possibility to carry out long projects, up to one year.
Knowledge and skills acquired in the programme find applications in many areas of industry and research.
The programme represents two years of full time studies (120 credits), out which 30, 45 or 60 credits are allocated to the master thesis project. Within the programme there is a lot of freedom to choose the courses that best suit your interests and your physics profile. There is also room for you to broaden your competence thanks to a large number of optional courses.
Electrodynamics, 7.5 credits, FK7045
Mathematical Methods in Physics, 7.5 credits, FK7048
Programming and Computer Science for Physicists, 7,5 credits, DA7011
Optional courses*, 7.5 credits
Statistical Physics, 7.5 credits, FK7058
Analytical Mechanics, 7,5 credits, FK7049
Optional courses*, 15 credits
Optional courses*, 15 or 30 credits
Degree project, 30 or 45 credits
* Optional courses
In order to give you the ability to customise the programme to your interests and needs, you have the possibility to choose among a number of optional courses. The optional courses can be chosen freely among all the physics courses proposed at Stockholm University, but we particularly recommend the following courses:
General Relativity, 7.5 credits, FK8025
Introduction to Quantum Information and Quantum Computation, 7,5 credits, FK7052
Cosmology and Particle Astrophysics, 7.5 credits, FK7050
Quantum Field Theory, 15 credits, FK8027
Quantum Field Theory for condensed matter, 7.5 credits, FK8018
Statistical Physics II, 7.5 credits, FK7016
The master thesis project usually starts during the second year, but may start as soon as you have earned at least 45 credits of advanced courses in physics. The project is usually carried out in one of the research groups of the physics department. The master thesis project may also be carried out at a different university or in a company. During the master thesis project you are given the opportunity to participate to the activity and life of the research group. You work with a research question in a professional research environment where you are in contact with graduate students and researchers. While still a university environment, it provides a unique opportunity to dive deep into a professional environment and develop important soft-skills (independence, perseverance, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, troubleshooting...) before going further to industry or graduate studies.
How to apply
Mentorship programme to strenghten your independent skills
We want our students to develop their ability to work independently as well as in groups which is why our teaching focusses on course projects. There is a good relation between students and teachers, and we provide strong academical support to the students by always having easily accessible teachers. In addition, the programme includes a unique mentor system, where PhD students act as a mentor for MSc students in practical matters as well as introduction to different research areas.
Meet our teachers
All teachers in the master programme are engaged researchers. The department of physics houses both theoretical and experimental research.
Located in the Albanova University Centre, shared by Stockholm University and The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), we carry out world leading research. With the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita) next door, we cover almost all theoretical fields from string theory and quantum phenomenon to general relativity and cosmology. This creates a strong and vibrant research environment which we aim to reflect in our MSc programme. With all teachers being active researchers, our students are offered great opportunities to get in contact with the different fields through lectures, laboratory sessions, group projects and thesis work.
As a physics student at Stockholm University you gain experience of working in a frontline research environment and an advanced understanding of theoretical physics through analysing, modelling and synthesising complex information. Our programme provides an excellent foundation for PhD studies and opens multiple career options outside of the academic field. The ability and training in critical evaluation and analysis of complex new phenomena, often using sophisticated mathematical methods, is useful in various disciplines, such as bio-informatics and applied mathematics.