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Theoretical Physics


Course Description

Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics is an international and highly competitive field. For several decades, Utrecht University's Institute for Theoretical Physics has been on the forefront of research in this area.

This programme serves as a gateway to understanding the fascinating world of physics, ranging from the unimaginably small scales of elementary particles to the vast dimensions of our universe.

The central goal of the Theoretical Physics programme is to obtain a detailed understanding of the collective behaviour of many particle systems from a fully microscopic point of view. In most physical systems, microscopic details determine the properties observed. Our condensed matter theorists and statistical physicists develop and apply methods for explaining and predicting these connections.

Examples include density functional theory, renormalisation-group theory and the scaling theory of critical phenomena. Dynamical properties are studied using such methods as kinetic theory and the theory of stochastic processes. These theories can be quantum mechanical, including theories of the quantum Hall effect, superconductivity, Bose-Einstein condensation, quantum magnetism and quantum computing. More classical are relationships between chaos and transport, nucleation phenomena, polymer dynamics and phase structure and dynamics of colloids.

Visit the Theoretical Physics page on the Utrecht University website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

-You have a BSc degree in: Physics; Physics and Astronomy; a BSc degree with a major in Physics; a major in Science with a strong component in Physics.
-You are able to demonstrate the following knowledge and insight:Classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and thermal physics, as well as of the mathematics required for the study of such topics at an advanced level.
-Proficiency in English language
-Please visit our webpage for more detailed information about admission requirements.

Last Updated

08 August 2017

Course Fees

2017-2018 EU/EEA: € 2.006,- Non EU/non-EEA : € 18.201


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