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Theoretical Physics
Master's Degree in Theoretical Physics
About the course
The two year master studies in theoretical physics provide a highlevel, internationally competitive training in theoretical physics, guiding to frontiers of modern research in the following main areas:
1. Quantum field theory and QCD, quark gluon plasma
2. Classical and quantum gravity
3. Conformal field theory and bosonic string
4. Neutrino physics
5. Deformed Field Theory, kappaPoincare formalism, double special relativity
6. Supersymmetric quantum mechanics, integrable models
7. Modern quantum mechanics, entanglement, nonlinear dynamics
8. Many body physics and statistical mechanics
9. Compact stars
Comprehensive and up to date introduction to modern theoretical physics is provided in connection to the current research conducted at the Institute of Theoretical Physics. Students can join one of the active groups and take part in special projects.
The studies offer considerable flexibility and choice; you will be able to choose a path reflecting your intellectual tastes or career choices. You may prefer a broad theoretical education across subject areas or if you have already decided about your profile, you may follow a more selective path.
Currently at the Institute we have international students from the Belarus, Germany, Portugal, Ukraine, USA.
We will assess your performance by one or several of the following means:
 written exams
 course work marked on a pass/fail basis
 takehome papers
 miniprojects.
The modes of assessment for a given course are decided by the course lecturer and will be published at the beginning of each academic year.
The course starts if the minimum number of three students enrolled for the first year.
Graduate destinations
Research in mathematical and theoretical physics, industry.
Structure of the course
Students are expected to have the basic skills in physics, mathematics and programming obtained during the bachelor courses. The twoyears' program students do not choose defined specializations at the beginning of the studies. After broad formation during compulsory: Course I and II and Core Courses (compulsory two lectures chosen from wider set) they have opportunity to follow their individual interests by choosing among wide range of the optional courses. During the second semester students are supposed to have chosen a master thesis advisor. At this stage, the role of the advisor is to help student to choose appropriate set of lectures.
Semester 1 
Assessment 
Lect 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 


Basic Course I 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Basic Course II 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Core Course I 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Core Course II 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Core Course III 
E 
30 
30 


6 








30 











Semester 2 
Assessment 
Lect 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 


Basic Course I 
E 
30 
30/0 
0/30 

6 


Core Course IV 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Core Course V 
E 
30 
30 


6 


Highlights of Modern Physics And Astrophysics 
Cr 



30 
4 


Preparatory Polish Language Course 
Cr/E 


30 

3 


Optional courses*/ 
Cr/E 




5 








30 











Semester 3 
Assessment 
Lect 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 


MSc Laboratory 
Cr 


150 

10 


MSc Seminar 
Cr 



30 
5 


Optional courses*/ 
Cr/E 




15 








30 











Semester 4 
Assessment 
Lect 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 


MSc Laboratory 
Cr 


150 

10 


MSc Seminar 
Cr 



30 
5 


MSc Project + Exam 
Cr 




15 







Total: 

30 


hours together 
240 
240 
360 
60 























Basic courses
Core courses are compulsory.
Basic Course I: Selected Tools of Modern Theoretical Physics.
Basics Course II: Trends in Modern Theoretical Physics.
Core courses
Core courses are compulsory, however students may have a choice i.e.
Core course I (no choice):
Quantum Mechanics: ‘Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations'
Core course II (no choice) :
‘Classical Field Theory'
Core course III: (choice):
a) ‘Statistical Physics 2'
b) ‘Quantum Electrodynamics'
Core course IV: (choice)
a) ‘Introduction to Many Body Theory'
b) ‘Quantum Field Theory I'
Core course V (choice):
a) ‘Contemporary Problems in Condensed Matter Physics'
b) ‘General Relativity and Gravitation'
Optional courses
Optional courses start if at least three students sign in.
Autumn semester 
Ass. 
Lec 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 

Functional Integration in Quantum Field Theory and Statistical Physics 
E 
30 



3 

Introduction to Noncommutative Geometry and Quantum groups 
Cr 
30 



3 

Our Universe 
Cr 
30 



3 

Neutrino interactions 
E 
30 



3 

Quantum distributions in practice 
E 
30 
30 


6 

Introduction to HeavyIon Collisions and Matter under Extreme Conditions 
Cr 
30 



3 

Selected Problems of Lepton Scattering of Nucleons

E 






Spring Semester 








Ass. 
Lect 
Clas 
Lab 
Sem 
ECTS 

Introduction to Theory of Elementary Particles 
E 
30 
30 


6 

Conformal Field Theory 
E 
30 



3 

Theory of measurement 
E 
20 

10 

3 

Glauber model and beyond

E 
30 



3 

Statistical data analysis for particle physics 
Cr 
30 



3 

Neutrino project

E 
15 
15 


3 

Introduction to HeavyIon Collisions and Matter under Extreme Conditions 
E 
30 



3 

1st semester
2nd semester
3rd semester
Specialized and Monographic Lectures
There are several proposals of these lectures changing from year to year. Subjects and detailed programs depend on students' interest and current scientific activities of the research groups.