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


Course requirements



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

Course codes:
FYTK02 (15 hp, bachelor, half speed)
FYTM03 (30 hp, masters)
FYTM04 (60 hp, masters)

Some practical information:

You must attend the COMPULSORY introduction meeting (Monday January 15 at 13.00, 2018, Lundmarkssalen) 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. However, please note the following Astronomy and Theoretical Physics specific details for Master Students who have done their bachelor project at the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy in Lund or at the Department of Physics in Lund: if you have attended the Academic Writing and Library Resources modules before you not required to retake these modules. You are also exempted from the Popular Science Writing lectures. However, you still need to produce a popular science text for feedback. This text will be the popular abstract of your bachelor work in Lund. A collective feedback to such an abstract will be provided in feedback groups consisting of fellow students.

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

During the first week you will be given a office (and key), desk and a computer account. Further information will be given during the introductory meeting.

We will have a mid term meeting (with project coordinator, you and your supervisor) half-way 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 thesis must be submitted two weeks before the oral presentation to the examiner and thesis reviewer (each student will be assigned an examiner/reviewer during the course of the project, typically in connection to the half-time meeting). The report should be sent electronically to the reviewer and examiner(s) as well as 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/examiner. 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. You should have discussed and practiced your oral presentation with your supervisor in good time before the presentation.

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

What happens after the oral presentation? The reviewer, examiner and the supervisor will then meet (typically the same day as the presentation) and decide on a grade (based on the criteria as listed on the registration form). You will also get feedback on your report by the reviewer. 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 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 project coordinator, who at this stage (together with the course coordinator) also takes care that your grade is registered in LADOK and that your thesis is made public in LUP.