Degree projects at theoretical physics (FYTK02, FYTM03-04)


Course requirements




The following webpage contains generic information regarding the degree project courses FYTK02 and FYTM03-04 at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University.

Course codes:

Complementary information (course plans, examples of previous thesis, etc) is found at the web page of the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics: degree projects, bachelor project and masters project.

A list with potential bachelor projects is available here. Master students may be inspired by this list, but are encouraged to talk to potential supervisors independently.

At the start of the course

You must attend the COMPULSORY introduction meeting (Monday January 20th, 13.15, 2020 in Andromeda) and the subsequent physics introduction meeting. During these meetings you will be informed about further compulsory modules which, besides your thesis work, must be completed during the degree project, see further information here.

You must sign a registration form with your supervisor (and reviewer) during the first week and provide a one-page project plan for your project. These are to be sent to the appropriate course responsible person (see Contact) at latest one week after the introductory meeting. Use the Astronomy and Theoretical Physics registration form and not the Physics Department form.

During the first week you will be given access to a desk. Further information will be given during the introductory meeting.

Halfway through

We will have a midterm meeting (you, the course responsible and your supervisor) halfway through your thesis work to assess your progress. At this meeting we will discuss your progress and try to assess if you can complete the thesis on time. For master projects there will also be a compulsory half-time presentation in connection with the half-time meeting.


The general guidelines for writing the thesis are

The thesis must be submitted before deadline (approximately two weeks before the oral presentation) to the course responsible and the thesis reviewer. For projects ending during the autumn semester 2019 the deadline for handing in your thesis is January 6th 2020, 5 PM. For projects ending during the spring semester 2020, the deadline is May 22nd 2020, 5 PM. The report should be sent electronically to the reviewer and course responsible as well as a in the form of a hard-copy (print double sided, 1 page per side) in the mailbox (or in person). Before handing in the thesis you must have iterated the text with your supervisor a few times. Your supervisor must approve of the thesis before sending it to the reviewer/course responsible. You get a LU-TP number (to be added to the front page of your thesis) by inserting your abstract into the binder "LU-TP 2010-" and then adding 1 to the previous LU-TP number. The binder is found in the bookshelf just outside the HUB lecture room.

Oral presentation

Oral presentations are preliminarily scheduled for 15-17 January 2020 and 3-5 June 2020 . You should have discussed and rehearsed your oral presentation with your supervisor in good time before the presentation. The length of the thesis presentation should be:

For the oral presentation, we assess the time planning, presentation structure, communication skills and the ability to answer questions.

What happens after the oral presentation?

The reviewer, course responsible and the supervisor will then meet (typically the same day as the presentation) and decide on a grade based on:

You will also get feedback on your report by the reviewer and the course responsible. Based on this feedback you will need to rewrite your thesis, which will then need to be approved by the reviewer. Once your thesis is approved, you should upload it to LUP (Lund University Publications Student Papers) along with your abstract and popular science description. Once the thesis is uploaded, the final approval is made by the course responsible, who at this stage also takes care that your grade is registered in LADOK and that your thesis is made public in LUP.