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16 Masters Programs in Theoretical Physics

Master’s degrees are available in a wide variety of formats such as Master of Science, Master of Liberal Arts, and Master of Research. Completing these degrees takes, on average, one to two years of full-time enrollment or two to four years of part-time enrollment. What is a Master in Theoretical Physics? Students enrolled in advanced degree plans for physics typically study a combination of… Read more

Master’s degrees are available in a wide variety of formats such as Master of Science, Master of Liberal Arts, and Master of Research. Completing these degrees takes, on average, one to two years of full-time enrollment or two to four years of part-time enrollment.

What is a Master in Theoretical Physics? Students enrolled in advanced degree plans for physics typically study a combination of quantum mechanics, quantum theory, applied physics, and advanced mathematics. Courses involve complex mathematical and theoretical topics and are often supplemented by laboratory hours where students gain practical research experience. As well as exhaustively studying classical physics, graduate students are provided with specialization options such as astrophysics, particle physics, nanotechnology, biophysics, and advanced mathematics to further hone their skills in this diverse discipline. 

Students who pursue theoretical physics at a master’s level often refine their skills as mathematical scholars, developing strong research experience, expert-level computational abilities, and an above-average grasp on numbers that can lead to career advancement as well as superior problem-solving abilities in daily life.

A master’s degree can vary widely in terms of cost because every school, program, locale, and student is different. Many universities offer prospective students projected budgets based on their unique fee schedules as well as financial offices to assist with planning and inquiries.

Since theoretical physics is such a diverse field, it should come as no surprise that job opportunities are generally bountiful for graduates. Potential industries open to students include research, healthcare, technology, and energy. Outside of working as educators or researchers within universities, graduates also sometimes go on to work as biomedical technologists, geophysicists, roboticists, and nanotechnologists. Additionally, many theoretical physicists work alongside engineers in both private and public defense agencies across the world.

Like most degrees with a heavy laboratory focus, a Master in Theoretical Physics typically requires on-campus enrollment for completion. Fortunately, programs are available around the globe. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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University of Turku
Turku, Finland

The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world.

The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Aug 2023
18 Jan 2023
Campus
 
University of Wroclaw
Wrocław, Poland

The two-year master studies in theoretical physics provide a high-level, internationally competitive training in theoretical physics, guiding to frontiers of modern research i ... +

The two-year master studies in theoretical physics provide a high-level, internationally competitive training in theoretical physics, guiding to frontiers of modern research in the following main areas: 1. Quantum field theory and QCD, quark-gluon plasma, 2. Classical and quantum gravity, 3. Conformal field theory and bosonic string, 4. Neutrino physics, 5. Deformed Field Theory, kappa-Poincare formalism, double special relativity, 6. Supersymmetric quantum mechanics, integrable models, 7. Modern quantum mechanics, entanglement, nonlinear dynamic, 8. Many-body physics and statistical mechanics, 9. Compact stars. -
Master
Full-time
2 - 4 semesters
English
01 Oct 2022
31 Aug 2022
Campus
 
Lund University
Lund, Sweden

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint? At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, together with the Department of Ph ... +

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint? At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, together with the Department of Physics in Lund, we offer a broad programme covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and mathematical physics. You can choose to study the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high-energy physics, as well as nuclear and solid-state physics within mathematical physics. In all cases, you will get a solid basis of theoretical knowledge needed to develop new models and to better understand how nature works. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 

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UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Tromsø, Norway

Master in Physics gives you the opportunity to work within a large variety of applied physics.

Master in Physics gives you the opportunity to work within a large variety of applied physics. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Madrid, Spain

The Master in Theoretical Physics of the Faculty of Physical Sciences of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid offers specialized training to those students who, after complet ... +

The Master in Theoretical Physics of the Faculty of Physical Sciences of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid offers specialized training to those students who, after completing a degree in Physics or other related subjects, want to consolidate their knowledge or to start a research career in this area. -
Master
Full-time
Part-time
2 semesters
Spanish
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Utrecht University
Utrecht, Netherlands

The research Master’s degree program in Theoretical Physics is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of el ... +

The research Master’s degree program in Theoretical Physics is your gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe. Our highly-rated research program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to describe space-time and elementary particles as well as macroscopic and microscopic phenomena in quantum and soft matter. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus
 
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)
Moscow, Russia

The program is aimed at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics, as well as giving the chance to pursue in-depth study of the ... +

The program is aimed at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics, as well as giving the chance to pursue in-depth study of the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics. We put emphasis on students' independent scientific study that encourages their rapid fundamental scientific (and thus career) growth. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

The Master of Science in Physics at the University of Luxembourg enables students to acquire a solid and broad education in condensed-matter and materials physics. The goal is ... +

The Master of Science in Physics at the University of Luxembourg enables students to acquire a solid and broad education in condensed-matter and materials physics. The goal is to explain and predict the physical properties of materials, e.g., semiconductors, magnetic materials, and liquid crystals, based on their microscopic constituents. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Stockholm University
Stockholm, Sweden

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 discove ... +

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. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
29 Aug 2022
Campus
 
University of Bucharest
Bucharest, Romania

Master in Theoretical and Computational Physics

Master in Theoretical and Computational Physics -
Master
Full-time
2 years
Rumenian
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Vilnius University
Vilnius, Lithuania

Present technologies of multi-scale supercomputing in a broad range of problems require specialists with original and creative mindset reinforced by scientific theoretical too ... +

Present technologies of multi-scale supercomputing in a broad range of problems require specialists with original and creative mindset reinforced by scientific theoretical tools of material science. Such people are able to develop models, perform computations, analyze data, and come up with ideas of improvement based on efficiency as dictated by the rationale of physical science. Our program prepares such specialists. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English
01 Sep 2022
01 Jun 2022
Campus
 
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium

This master’s program trains you to be fully competent and capable of working in research institutes, corporate environments, or the social profit sector. The program allows y ... +

This master’s program trains you to be fully competent and capable of working in research institutes, corporate environments, or the social profit sector. The program allows you to specialize in condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, or theoretical physics. Regardless of your chosen major research profile or option, you will obtain thorough training in physics and insight into the current status of physics research. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Swansea University
Swansea, United Kingdom

The MSc by Research in Theoretical Physics allows you to undertake a year-long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research.

The MSc by Research in Theoretical Physics allows you to undertake a year-long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research. -
MSc
Full-time
English
Campus
 
BAUMAN Moscow State Technical University
Moscow, Russia

Today, the demand for specialists with master’s degrees in technical physics is constantly growing in the Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as in research ... +

Today, the demand for specialists with master’s degrees in technical physics is constantly growing in the Institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences, as well as in research organizations, industrial enterprises, and government services. Masters of Science in technical physics have qualifications in the following fields: -
Master
Full-time
2 years
Russian
01 Sep 2022
01 Aug 2022
Campus
 
University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)
Besançon, France

The CompuPhys master provides a comprehensive program in fundamental physics (quantum physics, light-matter interaction, condensed matter physics), in numerical simulation met ... +

The CompuPhys master provides a comprehensive program in fundamental physics (quantum physics, light-matter interaction, condensed matter physics), in numerical simulation methods and in data sciences. Concrete applications to physics of life, to astrophysics, to physics of the atmosphere and of the environment, and to quantum information, are studied in the training program. A large part of the program is dedicated to active learning methods (practice-based learning, project-based learning, problem-based learning, and flipped classroom) and the use of digital tools. The goal of the master’s program is to train physicists with high skill level in numerical methods, programmers specialized in numerical simulations of physical systems, and data scientists specialized in physical data issued from sensors and networks of physical devices. -
MSc
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
17 Jun 2022
Campus