MSci Theoretical Physics (F340)

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UCAS code F340
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year, subject to government approval
  • EU students: £9,250 per year, subject to government approval
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year, subject to government approval
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 197 overall for Single Honours Physics courses

About MSci Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics aims to understand and predict phenomena in the physical world based on a conceptual and mathematical understanding of the laws of the universe.

This course will teach you physics with a theoretical approach and includes topics such as quantum physics, quantum information, relativistic field theory and condensed matter physics. Our MSci Theoretical Physics degree incorporates a greater level of mathematics and theory with less laboratory work than MSci Physics.

Many theoretical physics graduates pursue further academic research, then progress to careers in research and teaching. The problem-solving and mathematical skills you can gain during this degree are highly valued in finance, IT and management, as well as a wide range of other careers.

More about Physics

Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Optional third subjects, or additional mathematics units

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Methods of theoretical physics
  • Practical laboratory, computing and science presentation skills

Third year

  • Core physics: semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • Practical physics
  • Physics and mathematics options

Fourth year

  • Physics research project
  • Current topics in physics and student seminar
  • Advanced quantum physics and theoretical physics 
  • Physics options.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Theoretical Physics

Typical offer for MSci Theoretical Physics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Physics in any order
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in Higher Level Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in Higher Level Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including mathematics and physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and 8.5 in Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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