M.Sc. Theoretical Physics

  • On Campus
  • 24 months
  • EUR15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
Stockholm University | Stockholm, Sweden
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

Description of Theoretical Physics

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The Masterís 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. ()

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.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline January 15
Tuition fee
  • EUR 15500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • Free (EEA)

Total course/programme fee: 280000 SEK

Start date August  2015
Credits (ECTS) 120 ECTS
Duration full-time 24 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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. (http://www.physto.se/student/utbildningsprogram/masterprogram/teoretiskfysik/courses.php )

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.

Requirements for Theoretical Physics

General requirements for Master's programmes:

- An academic degree (i.e. a Bachelorís degree or the equivalent, at least 180 ECTS.) Stockholm University does accept applicants in their last year of Bachelor's studies. See note below: Previous university records

- Proficiency in English, which must be demonstrated in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS score (Academic) of 6.5 or more (with no section scoring below 5.5)
  • TOEFL score 20 in written test, total score of 90 (internet based)
  • TOEFL score 4,5 in written test, total score of 575 (paperbased)
  • Cambridge/Oxford - Advanced or Proficiency level

TOEFL test scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS), to University Admissions in Sweden (institution code: SWEDEN 3477).

English language test exemptions

Some students may be exempt from submitting formal test evidence. These are:

  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree from a university where English is the only language of instruction, according to the latest edition of International Handbook of Universities.
  • Students who have a Bachelor's degree (a Swedish Kandidatexamen or equivalent academic qualifications) with English as the major subject.
  • Students with a 4-year university degree in Engineering, Science or Technology from India and Pakistan.
  • Students who have 30 HE credits from a Nordic country and the language of instruction of the course/programme/university is English.

Work Experience for Theoretical Physics

No work experience is required.

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