120 credits (MSc, 2 years)

Global trends are shaping our world, and while these forces present both exciting opportunities and unparalleled challenges, the demand for future scientific solutions and rapid technological innovation remains unchanged.

This programme offers a forward-thinking curriculum in theoretical, computational and experimental physics. Particular emphasis is placed on astronomy, biological physics, high-energy physics and material science. The programme also fosters creative thinking, critical evaluation and problem-solving/engineering skills grounded in the fundamental principles of physics.  

Programme aim

This programme will prepare you for a professional career in the private or public sector, both nationally and internationally. As a student you will acquire a broad insight into the areas of physics that will form the basis for the advanced technologies of today and tomorrow. You will be able to identify and explain general aspects of physics that are integral to applications in engineering and natural sciences. Furthermore, you will be able to identify relevant experimental and theoretical methods and apply these to problem solving across a wide range of disciplines or multi-disciplinary fields.

Programme description

The programme is intended for students with a strong interest in theoretical, computational, and/or experimental aspects of physics and astronomy. In short, theory provides models and concepts that can explain and predict experimental observations. The use of computers allows for numerical computation of the fundamental laws of physics and use of advanced techniques, e.g. machine learning. 

Finally, the use of advanced instrumentation, both in-house and at large facilities e.g Onsala Space Observatory, will provide the students with in-depth knowledge of material and biological systems, and of distant stars and galaxies. In the core courses of the programme, the focus lies in providing the students with a solid understanding of the fundamental principles of physics, thereby preparing them for a future driven by knowledge and technology. The students are recommended to choose two out of five different specializations, namely astronomy, biological physics, computational physics, high-energy physics or material science.

Examples of research activities include the study of string theory, computational methods to understand the atomic and sub-atomic scale, energy-related materials, such as lithium batteries, and materials for specific applications, such as nanoplasmonics, interfaces between biological systems and inorganic structures, and advanced experiments, in which state-of-the-art instruments contribute to an understanding of both the microscopic world and astrophysical phenomena.


Career opportunities

Our graduates’ expertise in problem-solving and in advanced experimental or theoretical techniques is highly valued in the private or public sector. In addition, the resulting training renders the programme graduates less sensitive to e.g. fluctuations within a particular sector. The programme is an excellent preparation for industrial research, consulting, teaching, research organizations and an academic career.

Research connections

The research activities connected to the programme are represented by different Divisions of the Department of Physics and Department of Space, Earth and Environment. The Physics Master's programme is also connected to several of the Chalmers Areas of Advance – strengthening the research focus. The AoA’s most closely connected to Physics are Energy, Materials Science, and Nanotechnology. Several excellent researchers take active part as course responsible teachers in the programme.

 Department of Physics
Department of Space, Earth and Environment


Published: Fri 26 Nov 2010. Modified: Wed 06 Mar 2019