Master of Science in Theoretical Physics


The Master of Science in Theoretical Physics is an academic program that belongs to the Institute of Exact and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science, Arturo Prat University.

The general objective of the program is to train advance human capital in diverse areas of Theoretical Physics, with a formation that prepares them to solve current problems in the areas of Gravitation, Theoretical Cosmology and Mathematical Physics through high impact research, thus contributing to the scientific development of the country and to the consolidating of science in the region.

Research lines:
· Gravitation and Cosmology,
· Mathematical Physics.

Duration: 4 semesters (22 months)

Workplace: Casa Central, University Arturo Prat, Iquique.

Application Requirements:

– Bachelor in Physics degree or equivalent. – Alternatively, other degrees might be accepted if the applicant demonstrates that he/she has developed certified skills and has undergone the suitable training needed for the program.


Registration fee: 1 payment of 100.000 CLP at the beginning of the first year.

Thesis student fee: 1 payment of 150.000 CLP once the Master thesis is registered.

Monthly fee: 16 monthly continued payments of 237.800 CLP each one.


The University will provide a certain number of scholarships according to the ranking obtained during the application process.

Application Process

The application process considers the following stages:

  • Submission of application documents
  • Preselection
  • Interview
  • Selection

The description of each of these stages, together with the evaluation criteria for the selection of applicants, are available in the “Application to ICEN-UNAP Masters program” document which can be requested directly to

Academic Staff

The program’s core faculty (claustro) includes 8 members, six doctors in Physics and two doctors in Mathematics. A brief summary of their corresponding academic careers is available in: .

The program also has a list of more than 15 visiting professors from institutions both in Chile and abroad.

Graduate’s profile

The graduate of this program has fundamental knowledge in physics. In particular, he/she understands and applies the laws of the discipline using the tools of classical mechanics, electrodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum mechanics to describe various natural phenomena. Their training allows them to propose original solutions to problems in the areas of “Gravitation and Cosmology” and “Mathematical Physics”, through theoretical developments and/or mathematical modeling and numerical computations. In this way, the graduate contributes to solve problems of the modern world with a critical, collaborative and innovative outlook, contributing to the knowledge of the discipline with results from original research. Also, the graduate is able to communicate and participate in different research situations, teaches and participates in outreach and scientific collaboration.

Research lines

Gravitation and Cosmology: The study of the laws of nature at planetary, astronomical and cosmological scales, and also at Planckian scales (unification, quantum gravity). It provides a theoretical framework for the study of phenomena associated to the existence of dark matter and dark energy, which are components of the universe whose nature is unknown to this day.

Mathematical Physics: Development of mathematical tools and methods in the areas of differential geometry, topology, Lie algebras and groups, which constitute part of the language needed to describe phenomena investigated in different areas of Physics.

Methodology of the Syllabus

Fundamental courses: They are common to both research lines and they help the Master’s student in deepening the basic knowledge required in his/her training in a Master’s program. The fundamental courses of this program are:

· Classical Mechanics
· Electrodynamics
· Statistical Mechanics
· Quantum Mechanics

Specific courses: They vary according to the research line chosen by the student and help in developing skills specific to the area.

Research line “Gravitation and Cosmology”

· General Relativity I
· General Relativity II
· Introduction to Cosmology and Astrophysics

Research line “Mathematical Physics”

· Mathematical methods for physics
· Topics on geometry, groups, and Lie algebras
· Computational physics

Research Activities

Research seminars: These are one-semester courses in which the Master’s student begins to work in preliminary research projects that will allow them to develop the set of basic elements necessary to complete the degree thesis work.

Thesis: It is a research activity that must last at least 1 semester. During this period, the student will work, guided by a Thesis Supervisor Professor, in one of the aforementioned research lines. The results of the thesis should be submitted to a WoS (Web of Science) journal. It is expected that this thesis includes the work carried out by the student in the Research Seminars. It is worth mentioning that a set of group activities is also contemplated, such as participation in seminars or talks organized by the academic staff.


Dr. Patricio Salgado Arias,


Dr. Diego Molina Peñafiel,

For more information please contact the coordinator of the Program or contact us at:

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Classical Mechanics


Statistical Mechanics


Quantum Mechanics

Specific II

Specific III

Specific I

Research Seminar I

Research Seminar II