The East African Institute for Fundamental Research offers a two-year MSc in one of three disciplines: Condensed Matter Physics, Physics of the Solid-Earth and High Energy, Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. In the future more areas will be available.

The masters courses are designed around the ICTP Postgraduate Diploma Programme with an extra first year which is meant to bring students from various countries to a uniform standard. The first year is common to all fields (except for numerical methods). The second year is devoted to the specialized areas and culminates with a thesis. One can see some of the detailed second year courses below.

On successful completion, the student will be awarded an MSc from the University of Rwanda.

EAIFR, as an institute in the University of Rwanda, may also give research-based PhDs. If you are interested in undertaking doctoral studies at EAIFR please contact the Director, Omololu Akin-Ojo, at

There are scholarships available for Rwandan students and a small number of scholarships for students from other countries.


To be eligible the applicant must:

  • Have either recently obtained a B.Sc. degree or equivalent, or a higher degree, or they are in the process of completing such a degree.
  • Have the main subject of the degree being physics or a closely related area.
  • Be fluent in English (as all courses are in English)

The selection of candidates is based on their university record and academic recommendations.


Masters in Condensed Matter Physics

Topics of study include:

  • Symmetries and Bands
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Many-Body Theory
  • Numerical Methods
  • Biological Physics

Masters in High Energy Physics

Topics of study include:

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Group Theory
  • Particle Physics
  • The Standard Model

Masters in Physics of the Solid Earth

Topics of study include:

  • Continuum Mechanics
  • Theoretical and Observational Seismology
  • Geophysical imaging
  • Physics of Volcanoes
  • GPS Geodesy and InSAR
  • Mechanics of Earthquakes and Tectonophysics

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