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MDP in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Theoretical Physics

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    2 academic years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Free for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.

    For other countries, please visit website for details.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2019

The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world. 

Understanding the laws of nature from the bottom to the top!

The track of theoretical physics is one of the four specialisation tracks of the Master´s Degree Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences. The other tracks of the programme are Astronomy and Space, Materials Chemistry and Materials Physics. 

Topics from quantum physics to the theories of gravity are incorporated into the track of Theoretical Physics. Problems of fundamental quantum physics, quantum information, quantum field theory and theoretical cosmology are at the heart of the studies in Theoretical Physics.

Upon graduation, you will be able to use the diverse set of skills acquired as part of this track, including theoretical and numerical techniques to produce and analyse new physical projects.


The aim of the Master’s education is to support you to become an independent expert who can evaluate information critically, plan and execute research projects to find new knowledge, and to solve scientific and technological problems independently and as a part of a group.

In the University of Turku the research in Theoretical physics has the emphasis on various fields at the forefront of European and international research such as quantum technologies, fundamentals of quantum physics, quantum information and optics, quantum field theory and cosmology. You will learn rigorous mathematical and numerical methods to model physical phenomena and solve physical problems with several possible interdisciplinary applications also outside physics. Examples are the studies of complex systems, data science, and machine learning.


Competence Description

The Master of Science degree provides the skills to work in many different kinds of positions within areas such as research and development, education and management, and industry. In particular MSc in theoretical physics offer deep understanding on the physical world, its structure and functioning as well as practical abilities to work with various other topics.

MSc in theoretical physics prepares the student to academic career but it also gives excellent skills in using mathematical tools, physical models and computational techniques. These provide the ability to work in various positions from finance sector to data science and machine learning. Moreover, they form the students to new jobs in the emerging quantum technology industries. So, the MSc in theoretical physics prepares you either for a career in research and development in industry or for a follow-up PhD study.

Job Options

The prospects for employment at relatively senior levels is excellent for those trained in the physical and chemical sciences. Thanks to the broad scope of the programme, the skills and knowledge developed as part of this education at the University of Turku provide many employment opportunities in different areas.

Our MSc graduates have been employed to wide range of professions, in addition to academic career, such that finance sector, medical imagining, quantum technology, game development, and data mining.

Career in Research

The Master’s Degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees. The University of Turku Graduate School – UTUGS has a Doctoral Programme in Physical and Chemical Sciences, and covers all of the disciplines of this Master Degree programme. Postgraduate degrees can be completed at the University of Turku.

Note that in Finland the doctoral studies incur no tuition fees, and PhD students often receive either a salary, or a grant to cover their living expenses. The Master’s programme is a stepping stone for PhD studies.

Visit the MDP in Physical and Chemical Sciences: Theoretical Physics page on the University of Turku website for more details!





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