Chalmers University of Technology

Physics and Astronomy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
From the Higgs boson to the cosmos, Physics and Astronomy encompasses the fundamentals of modern physics. We provide an open environment where students team up with faculty members to gain knowledge of the known universe and explore the unknown. The programme is delivered by Chalmers University of Technology.


From the Higgs boson to the cosmos, Physics and Astronomy delivered by the Chalmers University of Technology encompass the fundamentals of modern physics. We provide an open environment where students team up with faculty members to gain knowledge of the known universe and explore the unknown. Chalmers hosts the Onsala Space Observatory and has research connections to many other universities and laboratories. Our research in basic science makes use of the newest technology and may lead to new technical developments. 

Programme description

Understanding the basic laws of physics has posed a challenge since the birth of modern science. The area is of great intrinsic interest, and forms the basis for other branches of science. Trying to probe the smallest structures of matter and the largest structures of the Universe also drives the development of new technologies. At Chalmers University of Technology we are actively engaged in many areas of modern physics and astrophysics:

  • In theoretical particle physics we look beyond the Standard Model and at the possibility for the Higgs boson to be a harbinger of new physics.
  • In experimental nuclear physics we work with international accelerator laboratories like CERN or GSI/FAIR on experiments of key importance for understanding both the microscopic world and astrophysical phenomena.
  • In theoretical nuclear physics we focus on modelling and simulation of stable and unstable isotopes with small numbers of nucleons.
  • In mathematical physics we investigate the cross-fertilization between mathematics and string theory, where abstract mathematical theorems find new applications in physics, and where physical insight has in turn sparked new developments in mathematics. We also investigate the recent applications of string theory to condensed matter.
  • In astrophysics we explore distant stars and galaxies by radio astronomical methods and model galaxy formation by numerical simulations.
  • In geophysics we study the solid earth and its atmosphere.

Career opportunities

Our graduates’ expertise in problem-solving and in advanced experimental or theoretical techniques is highly valued on the job market. Their research projects also provide valuable experience in collaboration, scientific writing, and presentation of results. The programme is an excellent preparation for an academic career and roughly half of our graduates move on to Ph.D. studies. Others have found positions in industrial research, consulting, product development, management, financial analysis, teaching and research organizations.

Programme Structure

Courses included

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Experimental physics: spectroscopic methods
  • Particle physics: The standard model and beyond
  • Plasma physics with applications
  • Stellar physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Modern astrophysics
  • Statistical Physics II
  • Modern Imaging, Spectroscopy and Diffraction Techniques
  • Image processing
  • Remote Sensing
For more info please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor´s degree (or the equivalent) with a Major in Engineering Physics, Physics, Chemical Engineering with Physics, Electrical Engineering or Engineering Mathematics.
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics (at least 30 credits) (including Linear algebra, Multivariable analysis and Fourier analysis), Mechanics, Electromagnetic field theory and Quantum physics.
  • English Language Proficiency

The most common and important scores that are accepted are

  • IELTS (academic training), 6.5 (with no part of the test below 5.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet based): 90 (with a minimum of 20 on the written part)
  • TOEFL (paper based): 575 (with a minimum of 4.5 on the written part)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    14551 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14551 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • 140 000 SEK/ academic year;

Living costs for Göteborg

  • 7552 - 13940 SEK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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