PhD Courses

Compulsory / Mandatory Course

Research ethics 2 hp / Research ethics, minimum 2 credits

Faculty PhD Courses

Subject Specific PhD Courses given by the Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Accelerators and Detectors
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Detector technologies for Particle Physics
  • Digital Electronics Design with VHDL
  • Electronic Structure of Functional Materials
  • Physics of Energy Related Materials
  • Free Electron Laser Science
  • Geometrical Methods in Theoretical Physics
  • Gravitation and Cosmology 
  • Ion Beam Materials Analysis
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum Chromodynamics and Effective Field Theory
  • Advanced Nuclear Physics
  • Modelling and simulation methods for  Particle Transport
  • Many-Body Theory
  • Nanoscience
  • Nuclear Astrophysics
  • Numerical Hydrodynamics and Radiative Transfer*
  • Observational Astrophysics II
  • Advanced Particle Physics
  • Physics of Planetary Atmospheres*
  • Plasma Physics
  • Quantum-enhanced deep learning
  • Scientific programming*
  • Statistical Methods in Physics
  • String Theory I and II
  • Symmetry and Group Theory in Physics 
  • Synchrotron Radiation
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Topics in elementary- and astro-particle physics
  • Topics in instrumentation and accelerator physics
  • Density Functional Theory (DFT) I

*Given every other year


The entry requirements for postgraduate education are as follows:

  • General entry requirement, i.e. a degree at advanced level (Master's level) or fulfill the requirements for courses comprising of at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits are at advanced level (Master's level) or the equivalent.
  • Specific entry requirement, i.e. knowledge gained from university education or equivalent or specific vocational experience.
  • The applicant must be judged to have the ability needed to complete the postgraduate education.

​Study plans within postgraduate education within the Faculty of Science and Technology


The head of the department of the subject/specialization accepts doctoral students. Doctoral students with other funding than employment as doctoral student at Uppsala University, i.e. industry-based doctoral students, students with their own funds (such as scholarships), students employed at another higher education institution, part-time students, and licentiate students, are accepted by the Faculty Board on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Education Board.

Admission is decided after consultation with the supervisors at the department. The admission decision shall specify research professor and supervisors (at least two). One of these must be appointed as main supervisor. An individual study plan should be drawn up in connection with an admission.

Application for admission to postgraduate studies
Checklist for admission of doctoral student
Individual study plan

Forms and templates for postgraduate studies

Study Plan

The study plan consists of three parts: one general study plan, one Subject curriculum and one individual study plan. The individual study plan the student establishes together with his/her supervisor and the other two are found on the Faculty of Science and Technology’s website. There you may also find general information on postgraduate studies at the faculty.

PhD Ombudsman

The PhD student ombudsmen are two PhD students employed by the Department of Physics and Astronomy to help the PhD students with any issues regarding financing, terms of employment, harassment, discrimination and problems with the supervisor or colleagues. The ombudsmen will never disclose any information or details unless given explicit permission by the PhD student in question. The ombudsmen are also responsible for organizing and chairing the PhD student council.

More about the PhD ombudsman

After the Education

A postgraduate exam in physics makes possible both a career in research and a professional life outside the university.

Disputations and Licentiate Defenses