Master

Master in theoretical physics

Theoretical physics is about identifying the most important questions regarding Nature, and searching for the simplest answers:

  • How did the universe evolve into its present form?
  • What  are its most fundamental building blocks?
  • Why are certain materials superconducting?
  • Does life emerge from physical principles?


During the course of their degree, master students in theoretical physics will develop a critical sense towards identifying the most relevant aspects of physical systems, and understand our reality through mathematical modelling.

DURATION OF STUDIES
2 years (4 semesters)
60 ECTS for courses + 60 ECTS for thesis

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION
English

REGISTRATION
Deadline: 30 April 2020
(28 February 2020 for applicants subject to a visa because of their nationality, as set forth in Swiss federal regulations)
www.unige.ch/enrolment

 

The following courses are at the core of this master’s program (details can be found here):

Course

Credits

Type

Semester

Quantum Field Theory I+II

10

Mandatory

Fall+Spring

Physics Laboratory (experiment)

15

Mandatory

 

Physics Laboratory (theory)

15

Mandatory

 

Phase Transitions

7

Mandatory

Fall

General Relativity

8

Mandatory

Fall

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

5

Optional* (at least 2)

Spring

Cosmology

8

Optional* (at least 2)

Spring

Classical Stochastic Methods

5

Optional* (at least 2)

Spring

Group Theory for Physicists

7

Optional* (at least 2)

 

Advanced Topics in General Relativity

7

Optional* (PhD course)

Spring

The Electroweak Standard Model as an Effective Field Theory

3.5

Optional* (PhD course)

Spring

Introduction to the Physics of Biology

3.5

Optional* (PhD course)

Spring

Superconductivity and Superfluids

8

Optional*

Spring

Beyond the Standard Model

3.5

Optional* (PhD course)

Fall

Quantum Transport and Topological Insulators

5

Optional* (PhD course)

Spring

Advanced Topics in Gravity

3.5

Optional* (PhD course)

Fall

Fundamental Aspects of Quantum Field Theory

3.5

Optional* (PhD course)

Fall

 

*60 credits are required, shared between mandatory courses and other optional courses from this list or from other departments; at least two courses must be chosen among Advanced Quantum Mechanics, Cosmology, Stochastic Methods and Group Theory (for more information contact conseiller-etudes-master-physique(at)unige.ch).

All members of our group will be happy to help master’s students in their search for a degree topic, and supervise them during the master’s project (contact details can be found here):

Dmitry Abanin: Quantum condensed matter and statistical physics
Camille Bonvin: Cosmology
Ruth Durrer: Cosmology, General Relativity
Andrey Katz: High-Energy Physics
Karsten Kruse: Biophysics
Martin Kunz: Cosmology, simulations and data analysis
Lucas Lombriser: Cosmology
Michele Maggiore: Cosmology and gravitational waves

Marcos Marino Beiras: Mathematical physics
Antonio  Riotto: Cosmology and astroparticle physics
Francesco Riva: High-energy particle physics
Julian Sonner: String theory and holography
Eugene Sukhorukov : Nanophysics and mesoscopic physics
Peter Wittwer: Mathematical physics