Master Programme

The MSc in Physics at EPFL offers a complete and comprehensive training in high energy theory taught by leading experts in the field. If you are a physics student interested in Quantum Field Theory, Gauge Theories, Dark Matter, High Energy Phenomenology, Quantum Gravity, Conformal Bootstrap, Gauge/Gravity Duality, Supersymmetry, String Theory, Cosmology, Dark Energy or any other subject in Theoretical Physics this is the right programme for you. The Master students at EPFL enjoy a diverse and cosmopolitan environment and all lectures are in English.

First year

From the courses offered at the masters level the following constitute what we consider essential for a first year in high energy theory:

  • Quantum Physics III and IV
  • Quantum Field Theory I and II
  • Relativity and Cosmology I and II

These are to be complemented with Physics Projects  provided by the HET labs: LPTP, LPPC and FSL. The Physics Projects are an excellent opportunity for students to sharpen what they learn in class and to explore a wide range of advanced topics which include Classical Field Theory, Group Theory, the Standard Model, Path Integrals, Renormalization, Quantum Chromodynamics, among others. At the end of each semester, the students are given the chance to work on a short research project supervised by a member of the lab.

Second year

By the second year, students have the necessary background to be introduced to modern research topics in High Energy Theory and attend the following doctoral level courses:

These constitute the Specialization Semester, in the framework of the Master in Physics at EPFL, and have the purpose of complementing the work on the Master Dissertation. Naturally, the Master Dissertation is supervised by a professor from one of the labs, which may be an extension of the Physics Projects of the previous year. This is when students put everything they have learned into practice, leading to work which is often published in distinguished scientific journals.

The students may also complement their studies with courses from the University of Geneva. An updated list of advanced courses in fundamental physics available in the lemanic region can be found here.

After the Master

The master programme in High Energy Theory is an internationally competitive degree that equips graduates with the best tools to pursue doctoral studies in top institutions around the world and contribute to cutting edge research in theoretical physics. Other common career choices range from innovating high-tech companies to traditional businesses in the financial sector.

Applications and Funding

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Note that EPFL offers fellowships to exceptional candidates, click here to know more.