Master in Theoretical Physics

Stockholm University

Program Description

Master in Theoretical Physics

Stockholm University

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. Based on the scientific expertise at our department and collaborators, this MSc programme offers you advanced knowledge in theoretical physics in a strong and progressive research environment.

Reasons to choose

First class education, closely connected to 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.

Mentorship programme to strengthen your independent skills
The vast part of your studies will be at Albanova, where we have a large focus on lectures and laboratory sessions. We want our students to develop their ability to work independently as well as in groups which is why our teaching focus on course projects. There is a good relationship 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 Ph.D. students act as a mentor for MSc students in practical matters as well as an introduction to different research areas.

Programme structure

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. In addition to the mandatory set of courses, this programme is flexible and 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, and advanced statistical physics. The final component of your studies is a degree project where students get to apply your knowledge and plan, carry out and report a research project. This is often performed together with one of our theoretical physics research groups. The programme outline is illustrated below. Note that this outline can be subject to change.

First year

  • Programming and Computer Science for Physicists 7.5 credits
  • Electrodynamics 7.5 credits
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics 7.5 credits
  • Statistical Physics 7.5 credits
  • Analytical Mechanics 7.5 credits
  • Optional courses 15 credits

Second year

  • Optional courses 15 and Degree project 45 credits or
  • Optional courses 30 and Degree project 30 credits

Career prospects

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 analyzing, modeling and synthesizing complex information. Our programme provides an excellent foundation for Ph.D. 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 disciplines such as bio-informatics, applied mathematics, and sectors like modern industry, finance, insurance, and communications.

Why Stockholm University?

Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference

Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.

Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.

Eligibility requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree, including at least 90 ECTS credits in Physics. In addition, you are required to show English proficiency equivalent to Swedish high school level.

Application and tuition fees are required unless you are EU/EEA citizen or have long-term/permanent residency status in Sweden (or temporary residency for reasons other than studies).

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 17, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Aug. 2019
2 years
Full time
280,000 SEK
Total tuition fee: 280, 000 SEK; EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to pay fees
Jan. 15, 2019
Sweden - Östermalm, Stockholm County
Start date : Aug. 2019
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
End date Request Info
Aug. 2019
Sweden - Östermalm, Stockholm County
Application deadline Jan. 15, 2019
End date Request Info

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