Master of Science in Theoretical Physics


Program Description

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 program 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 that we aim to reflect in our MSc program. 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 program 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 program 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.

Program structure

This two-year program 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 program 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 program 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
  • 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 program 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, are 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 the 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).

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-clas ... Read More

The Faculty of Science at Stockholm University is the largest science faculty in Sweden and is among the top hundred science faculties in the world on the Shanghai ranking. The Faculty offers top-class education in a number of programs and courses, at the Master's level more than 30 study programs are given in English. Read less