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Theoretical Physics

Organizing institution
Utrecht University, Faculty of Science (UU)
Course code
Course fee (incl. housing)
€ 955
Advanced bachelor level

An advanced undergraduate course in thermal and statistical physics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. Complemented with a lecture series by Utrecht University researchers on current topics in various fields of theoretical physics.

The Institute for Theoretical Physics in Utrecht ranks among the leading institutions in the world in the field of theoretical physics. The Utrecht Summer School in Theoretical Physics offers a blend of advanced undergraduate material in thermal and statistical physics, quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. During the summer school students work on small research projects in groups and give presentations about these. In addition there is a lecture series by Utrecht researchers on current topics in various fields of theoretical physics ranging from condensed matter to high-energy physics and quantum gravity.

Tags: theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics

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Prof.dr. R.A. Duine, Dr. U. Gürsoy


Advanced bachelors with a strong background in physics and mathematics as well as proficiency in English. The Summer School course provides an excellent preparation for entering a master in Theoretical Physics. Applicants should go through a selection procedure. (Maximum number of participants: 35)


Refreshing and deepening the knowledge in core subjects of theoretical physics such as statistical physics, quantum mechanics and classical electrodynamics.


Classes from 9.00 - 17.00, lunch talks from 13.00 - 14.00


• € 955 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 605 - Course + course materials

Fee includes lunch.

Applications should include:
- Motivation letter for your application (submit through your account)
- Curriculum vitae (submit through your account)
- Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) for relevant followed courses. These can be delivered in English, German, French or in Dutch for Dutch students (submit through your account)
- Two letters of recommendation, (to be sent directly to j.m.vanzee@uu.nl by your referent. Do not send the letters of recommendation yourself)

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A limited number of scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers for talented students from developing countries is available. Talented students from other countries can also apply. There are no travel grants available. If you seek financial support you should make a request (in a separate letter uploaded to your account) by describing the reasons for applying to this summer school and how your participation will assist you in future studies and your career. You should explain your financial situation and other means you have available for financing your participation to this summer school. The applications for scholarships will undergo a selection procedure. Students accepted for the UU MSc program in Theoretical Physics are exempted from paying the Summer School fee.


J.M. van Zee
Institute for Theoretical Physics
T: +31 30 253 7549
E: j.m.vanzee@uu.nl

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Deadline for registration: 01 May 2017

Application closed