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Doctoral Program in Physics

The Doctoral Program in Physics is organized in six broad research areas and includes studies at doctoral level in Physics, or Biological Physics.

General subject study plans and program description

General syllabus for education at third-cycle level in Physics (pdf 312 kB)

Programme description: Doctoral Programme in Physics (pdf 165 kB)

Research areas

The doctoral program covers a wide range of research areas in physics ranging from basic and theoretical research into modern physics, interdisciplinary research in biological and biomedical physics, to applied and directed nuclear research.

The doctoral program in physics is organized around six broad research approaches and involves studies at the doctoral level in the subject of biological physics or physics with six spezializations:

  • Atomic, Subatomic, and Astrophysics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Material and Nano Physics
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Biological and Biomedical Physics
  • Nuclear Engineering


In the general subject study plan you can read about the courses that are included in the program.

Doctoral programmes and third-cycle subjects - KOPPS


The objectives of the Doctoral Program in Physics follow the common objectives of postgraduate education according to the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100).

These goals are divided into three categories:

  1. Knowledge and understanding
  2. Skills and abilities
  3. Ability to make judgments and adopt a standpoint.

A concrete description of how these goals can be met within the framework of the doctoral program are described in the general subject study plan.

Previous knowledge

Basic eligibility complies with the general stated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993: 100). As a special qualification for admission to postgraduate education in the subject of physics, the applicant must have:

  1. Completed basic competencies in the area, or
  2. In some other way, within or outside the country, acquired the corresponding relevant knowledge in the relevant areas.

The application process

In order to apply for a doctoral program, there must be an available doctoral appointment. On KTH's central website, a list of all KTH's vacancies, including doctoral posts, is published.

Read more about Doctoral Studies at KTH


For general questions regarding doctoral studies at KTH, please contact

Program Manager for the Doctoral Program in Physics

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