MSci Theoretical Physics (F340)

2019 entry

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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
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £22,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
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

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 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.

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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, including semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • practical physics
  • physics and mathematics options which might include analytical mechanics, random theory matrix, fluid dynamics, information theory, particle physics, condensed matter, or biophysics.

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 any order) in Mathematics and Physics
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including AA in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 7, 6 (in any order) at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and 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 (Engineering, Engineering Science, Maths and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (excluding Statistics) and 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Physics.
BTEC offer D*DD in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with either Distinction in specified units and A in A-level Mathematics, or A*A in both Mathematics and Physics A-levels (in any order). Students taking Applied Science BTEC should apply for Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study.
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in Mathematics and Physics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
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:
No specific subjects required.
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English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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