Theoretical Physics

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Science
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 300.00
Advanced Bachelor

The Institute for Theoretical Physics in Utrecht ranks among the leading institutions in the world in the field of theoretical physics. The target audience of this one-week course are advanced bachelor students in the field of (theoretical) physics, especially those who are preparing to start a Theoretical Physics master program, or are considering to do so in the near future. 

The Utrecht University Summer School in Theoretical Physics is an advanced undergraduate course with the aim to give advanced bachelor students a flavor of the field theoretical physics in general, and also what to expect in the Master’s Program of Theoretical Physics in Utrecht in particular. Topics include quantum gravity & string theory, cosmology, and quantum & soft condensed matter. All of these topics will be introduced at a basic level, while recent developments in the field will also be discussed. During the summer school, students will also work in groups on small projects and problems during dedicated problem sessions. 

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. R.A. Duine & Dr. U. Gürsoy

Study load

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


Course fee
€ 300.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

Unfortunately, the housing for this course has been fully booked and can therefore no longer be added to an application.


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.


As part of the application procedure, we ask for 2 letters of recommendation to support your application. Please ask your referees to send the letter directly to

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.
  • Transcript of Grades

More information

J.M. van Zee
Institute for Theoretical Physics
T: +31 30 253 7549


Application deadline: 01 May 2019