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Objectives and content

Physics is fundamental subject that describes the entire nature, from the most distant galaxies to the constituents of the atomic nucleus. Physics also forms the foundation for other sciences and for all modern technology.

The bachelor programme in physics is to convey an understanding for the theoretical foundation of physics, experimental methods and scientific and technological applications. Analytical thought and theoretical and practical problem solving are emphasized.

The programme will give an introduction to all the major fields in physics: Mechanics, electromagnetism, statistical physics and thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity, as well as the fundamental constituents of nature and the interaction between them. An introduction is given to experimental physics, project work, report writing and oral presentations.

Mathematics and computer science are important tools for physicists, thus courses within these fields are part of the study programme.

Required Learning Outcomes

After a completed bachelor degree in physics the candidate should have:


- be able to account for the distinctive characters and development of physics

- convey facts and discuss basic theories in general physics

- explain the central terms in physics and how these are connected

- explain mathematical terms in analysis, linear algebra and differential equations

- describe mathematical models in physics


- use mathematical formalism in analysis, complex numbers, linear algebra and basic differential equations to solve problems in physics

- use basic experimental equipment to do measurements in physics and estimate uncertainties

- carry out basic data collection using computers

- use numerical programming tools to solve problems in physics

- analyze problems in physics and carry out calculations using his/her knowledge in classic mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, theory of relativity, statistical physics, thermodynamics, particle- and nuclear physics

be able to find and make use of knowledge in physics that exceeds the curriculum of the study programme

General competence

- give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics

- work both independently and as part of a team

- carry out an independent project work and write and present a final report in coherence with good scientific practice

- use libraries and scientific data bases to find relevant information

- communicate on scientific problems within physics, both to specialists and the general public

- demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

Compulsory units

The following courses are compulsory:

- PHYS111, PHYS112, PHYS113, PHYS114, PHYS117

- At least two of the courses PHYS116, PHYS118 and PHYS119

- Four out of five of the following courses in mathematics: MAT111, MAT112, MAT121, MAT131 and MAT212

- INF109

- ExPhil