Our world is facing many challenges – in basic science when exploring fundamental forces and particles or the origin of the universe, planets and life – and in applied science to find sustainable energy sources, new technology on the nanoscale and tailor-made materials for industry, chemistry and medicine. Physics is the basis for this endeavour and physicists play an important role in these and many other fields.
We offer the whole three-year Bachelor’s programme in English, and since all of the courses on the advanced level are given in English you are free to choose from a wide variety of courses. The courses join theory with laboratory exercises, giving you a good experience in performing and analysing experiments.
As a physicist, you will have a broad education and a great range of tools for problem solving, tools which you can apply in almost any situation. These tools include great mathematical and programming skills.
On completion of this Bachelor’s programme, students are eligible for a number of different Master’s programmes at Lund University and elsewhere.
The Bachelor’s programme is completed over the course of three years. In the first semester, you will be studying introductory mathematics, where you will learn basic calculus in one variable and basic algebra. In the second semester, you will be introduced to physics and study the basics of mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, and waves and thermodynamics. In the third semester, you will learn more mathematical methods, and you will be introduced to quantum mechanics. The fourth semester is devoted to modern physics. The fifth semester consists of more modern physics and elective courses. During the sixth semester, you will combine elective courses with your diploma work.
As a physicist, your expertise will be sought after on the labour market outside academia, in Sweden as well as internationally. Areas in which graduates find employment include information and communication technology, manufacturing, space exploration, life sciences, medicine, pharmacy, energy production, the environment, electronics and materials science.
Lund is consistently ranked as the top university in Northern Europe in physical sciences and this excellence is now expanding through the addition of two international research centres – MAX IV, a synchrotron radiation laboratory that opened in Lund in June 2016, and ESS, the European Spallation Source that is currently under construction and expected to be in operation in 2023. These research facilities will create new opportunities for physics graduates.
Around the University and the centres, you will find a large number of innovation companies, making Lund a motor in the economy of southern Scandinavia. Physicists in Lund are working on the cutting edge of everything from particle physics at CERN to nanoscience and photonics.