Density Functional Theory, 5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Spring 2023, 33%, Campus

    Start date: 20 March 2023

    End date: 4 June 2023

    Application deadline: 17 October 2022

    Application code: UU-63032 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: All qualified applicants will be admitted.

    Registration: 6 March 2023 – 19 March 2023

Entry requirements: 120 credits and Introduction to Materials Science and Chemical Binding in Molecules and Materials. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

In order to predict and understand the properties of materials in both qualitative and quantitative ways, one needs to have theories those can describe materials specific properties without any fitting parameters. Density functional theory (DFT) is such a first principles or ab initio theory. This course is aimed at both students within physics as well as chemistry to provide the basic ideas of DFT. The course will discuss the concepts behind density functional theory based on the book A Chemist's Guide to Density Functional Theory. The standard approximations used to calculate the materials properties will be discussed along with their success and failures.

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