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Theoretical Physics

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dr hab. Andrzej Frydryszak

Master's Degree in Theoretical Physics

About the course

The two year master studies in theoretical physics provide a high-level, 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, kappa-Poincare 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
  • take-home papers
  • mini-projects.

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 two-years' 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 Heavy-Ion 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 Heavy-Ion 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.