Quantum Physics – University of Copenhagen

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Quantum Physics

Quantum Physics is a specialisation at the Master of Science Programme (MSc) in Physics.

Quantum physics deals with the smallest building blocks in the universe on length scales where the laws of nature do not behave as otherwise expected. Particles become waves, waves become particles, and quantum teleportation suddenly becomes a reality. This is the ideal specialisation if you are interested in particle physics, condensed matter physics, quantum optics and much more. You will have the opportunity to work with experiments, theory and computer simulations.

The specialisation begins with a course in advanced quantum mechanics. The course provides excellent opportunities for going deeper into a specific branch of physics.

Study Tracks

It is a good idea to use your elective and restricted elective courses to design a study track that allows you to study a subject area in depth during the specialisation. The obvious choice is to target your specialisation in one of the following directions:

However, you can also customise your programme with a mixture of courses and projects which are relevant to you.


As a graduate with the specialisation in quantum physics you acquire special skills in: 

  • independently planning and running projects within quantum physical topics.
  • setting up relevant analytical or numerical models for a quantum physical system, and using experimental data for analyses and for verification of the models.
  • working independently on quantum physical subjects.
  • explaining and communicating your specialized knowledge of the nano-scale, atomic, and sub-atomic world, both orally and in writing.


You will also possess specialist knowledge of: 

  • key disciplines, methods, theories and concepts in quantum physics, including phenomena in solid state physics, atomic physics, and sub-atomic physics.
  • the links between quantum physics and other scientific disciplines.
  • advanced technological methods in quantum physical experiments.

Programme structure

The Quantum Physics specialisation can be structured in two different ways, depending on when you start working on your thesis.

Course of study 1 – starting your thesis in the first year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS


Course of study 2 – starting your thesis in the second year of the programme:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
Year 2 Thesis

One block equals nine weeks and 15 ECTS

     Compulsory course
     Restricted elective course
     Elective course

Restricted elective courses

Choose your restricted elective courses from the lists below. Click on each course for a detailed description.