Master of Science in Physics


Programme Description

Physics is anchored in the real world thanks to observations and carefully controlled experiments. Innovative experiments allow us to observe new phenomena and confirm or invalidate new theories. Our MSc program sharpens your abilities to plan, perform, and analyse advanced experiments and deepens your knowledge in one or several areas of our research.

Reasons to choose Stockholm University

First-class education with student-centered teaching methods

Improving and developing our teaching is a natural part of the pedagogical work at the Department of Physics. Student-centered and research-based teaching methods e.g. flipped classroom, peer instruction and online assessment have been introduced in several courses and small student groups provide great opportunities for individual feedback and coaching by teachers. We also have a designated pedagogical ambassador, with the role to spur pedagogical development and support teachers who like to explore new pedagogical grounds. These investments and engagements are only a few examples of how we strive to offer our students the best learning environment possible.

Studies connected to front-line research

We offer high-quality MSc programs, closely connected to prominent and world-leading research and we cover areas in modern physics from atomic physics to condensed matter and quantum optics to instrumentation and nuclear physics. With all teachers being researchers engaged in front line experimental projects, we provide students with a dynamic learning environment where lectures, laboratory sessions and degree projects can give you an introduction to projects such as:

  • ATLAS experiment at CERN’s LHC (particle physics),
  • IceCube at the South pole (astroparticle physics),
  • FAIR in Darmstadt (atomic and nuclear physics),
  • XFEL in Hamburg (molecular physics),
  • DESIREE in Stockholm (atomic physics)
  • Satellite project FERMI (cosmology and astroparticle physics).

flash, tesla coil, experiment Hans / Pixabay

Programme structure

Due to the extensive expertise areas at our department, this program is largely focused on giving our students the freedom to create their special profile. In addition to the introductory course block, you are offered several facultative courses to get an in-depth knowledge in an area of your preference.

During the second year, you get the opportunity to expand your studies into a research area in close collaboration with one of our research groups through your master's thesis. This gives you a solid experience of how to independently plan, perform and report a research project. Your thesis can stretch from one to two semesters.

The outline of this MSc program is illustrated below. Note that this outline can be subject to change.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full-time studies.

First year

  • Programming and Computer Science for Physicists, 7.5 credits
  • Facultative courses*, 22.5 credits
  • Statistical Methods in Physics, 7.5 credits
  • Facultative courses*, 22.5 credits

Second year

  • Optional courses*, 0, 15 or 30 credits
  • Degree project, 30, 45 or 60 credits

Career prospects

This program provides a great foundation for Ph.D. studies in experimental physics but the thorough training with project planning, instrumentation and measuring procedures is also requested for high-technological development work in transport, energy, economy or communications industry. Labor market surveys show a good balance between the number of graduated physicists and the request from employers and our alumni often go directly to qualified positions.

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 centre 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 credits in Physics.

Knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/English 6.

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