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Master programme in Physics, Biological physics and computational biology

This page describes the course content of the master programme in Physics with specialization in Biological Physics and Computational Biology.

For students starting autumn 2023, this programme is replaced by the master's programme in Computational Science, with specialization physics. A suggested study plan has been created for students who choose that program and wish to do their Master's thesis in biological physics or computational biology.

For introductory information, including entry requirements and how apply, see the Lund University course catalog:

The programme offers a wide range of courses. You should choose 15 credits (hp) of courses for each study period (all are 7.5 hp half-time courses, unless otherwise stated).

Advanced level courses may have special admission requirements, while courses at the basic level are often given in Swedish. Remember to check the course requirements and contact the course responsible if in doubt.

Degree requirements

For a master's degree you have to fulfill the following general requirements:

  • A total of 120 credits
  • A minimum of 90 credits of advanced courses
  • A minimum of 90 credits of physics
  • A minimum of 30 credits of advanced level degree project in physics

Courses that here count as physics are those whose course codes start with FYS, FYT, AST or MAX.

Mandatory courses

  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society
  • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics
  • At least three out of the following five courses:
    • FYTN03 Computational Physics
    • FYTN05 Theoretical Biophysics
    • FYTN12 Systems Biology: Models and Computations
    • FYTN14 Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning
    • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics

Mandatory courses for students who started before 2020

  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society (or its predecessor FYSN11)
  • At least three out of the following six courses:
    • FYSN15 Experimental Tools
    • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics
    • FYSN23 Electromagnetism
    • FYST43 Optics and Optical Design
    • FYTN03 Computational Physics
    • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics (previously FYTN02)

If you have taken these courses previously, they count towards the specific requirements. If you have taken equivalent courses elsewhere, the programme coordinator will have to verify that the contents and level are equivalent. (Especially note that FYNS17 is an advanced level course, not basic quantum mechanics. If you have already taken quantum mechanics at this level, we recommend replacing FYSN17 with FYST37 Advanced Quantum Mechanics.)

Degree project

During the second year, you carry out a master's project corresponding to 30 credits. In some cases, 60 credits is also possible. Most students on the programme do a FYTM03/04 project at the Computational Biology and Biological Physics group (CBBP), but other physics master's projects (e.g. FYSM30) are equally possible.

Recommended courses

Autumn semester - first period:

  • FYTN03 Computational Physics (highly recommended year 1)
  • FYSN17 Quantum Mechanics (mandatory)
  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also given autumn 2nd period)

Autumn semester - second period:

  • FYSN21 Quantum Physics in Research and Society (mandatory, also given autumn 1st period)
  • FYTN15 Statistical Mechanics
  • FYTN14 Artificial Neural Networks and Deep Learning (gives sought-after skills)
  • FYTN12 Systems Biology: Models and Computations (even years, suitable year 2, requires FYTN03 and FYTN05 but could be taken year 1 after FYTN03 with permission)
  • ASTM29 Statistical Tools in Astrophysics (more widely applicable than the name suggests)
  • FYTN16 Classical Mechanics (odd years)
  • KEMA03 Biokemi - grundkurs (in Swedish, also spring 2nd)

Spring semester - first period:

  • FYTN05 Theoretical Biophysics (prerequisite for bio-oriented FYTM03/4 master projects)
  • FYST67 Experimental Biophysics (15 hp, half-time, whole semester)
  • FYSN23 Advanced Electromagnetism

Spring semester - second period:

  • FYST37 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • FYST45 Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
  • FYTA14 Fluid Dynamics
  • KEMA03 Biokemi - grundkurs (in Swedish, also autumn 2nd)
  • (FYST67 Experimental Biophysics, continued)

Other courses that may also be suitable

  • ASTC01 Astrobiology (autumn, second period)
  • FYST57 Chaos, Science and Technology (spring, 2nd period, will return in 2022)
  • FYST58 Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (autumn, 1st period)
  • FYTN01 Mathematical Methods in Physics (autumn, 1st period)
  • MAXM06 Introduction to Synchrotron Radiation Based Science (autumn, 1st period)

Courses outside of physics, which may have special requirements or require special dispensation:

  • BINP16 Programming in Python (full-time, October)
  • BINP11 Bioinformatics and Sequence Analysis (full-time, September)
  • MOBA01 Cell Biology (Swedish, full-time, 15 hp)
  • KFKN10 Biophysical Chemistry (autumn, 2nd period)
  • KMBF01 Molecular Cell Biology (15 hp, spring)
  • KEMM25 Structural Biochemistry (15 hp, full-time, autumn, 2nd period)

First term courses

Normally, you apply for courses at for the following term, with deadlines in April and October. Because of this time constraint, you are automatically accepted to a small set of courses for the first autumn term. These are currently FYSN17, FYSN21 and FYTN03 for the first study period and FYTN14, FYTN15 and ASTM29 for the second. If you are already using, it is possible to apply for other courses as usual. It is also often possible to make late applications to courses, typically in the week before they start; ask the teacher or the director of studies if unsure.

Example plan with focus on biophysics

  • Autumn year 1: FYSN21, FYTN03 and two of FYTN14 / FYTN15 / FYTN12
  • Spring year 1: FYTN05, FYST23 and one of FYTA14 / FYST45 / FYST13
  • Autumn year 2: FYSN17, FYTN01, one of FYSN23 / ASTM29 / ASTC01 and one of FYTN14 / FYTN15 / FYTN12
  • Spring year 2: Master's project FYTM03 / FYSM30


Director of studies
Johan Rathsman
studierektor [at] atp [dot] lu [dot] se

Master programme coordinators

David Hobbs
david [dot] hobbs [at] astro [dot] lu [dot] se

Theoretical physics
Roman Pasechnik
roman [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se

Biological physics and computational biology
Carl Troein
carl [at] thep [dot] lu [dot] se