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MSc Theoretical Physics

Programme Director: Professor Christopher Herzog

Exam Board Chair: Dr Benjamin Doyon

You must take eight lecture modules assessed by written examinations and also undertake a written project of approximately 10,000 words on a subject of your choice.

Full-time students will normally be expected to take four modules in each semester and must complete the project by September.

Part-time students will normally be expected to take four modules in each year, and must complete the project by September of their final year. 

Core module (must be taken and passed):

7CCMTP50 MSc project, 60 credits


Compulsory Modules

You must take a minimum of five of the following modules:

First Semester

7CCMMS01T Lie Groups and Lie Algebras, 15 credits

7CCMMS18T Manifolds, 15 credits

7CCMMS30T Foundations of Mathematical Physics, 15 credits

7CCMMS31T Advanced Quantum Mechanics, 15 credits

7CCMMS32T Quantum Field Theory, 15 credits

7CCP4201 Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (Physics Department), 15 credits


Second Semester


7CCMMS38T Advanced General Relativity, 15 credits  or

7CCM334BT Space-time Geometry and General Relativity, 15 credits but not both.

7CCMMS34T String Theory and Branes, 15 credits 

7CCMMS40T Supersymmetry, 15 credits

7CCMMS43T Advanced Quantum Field Theory, 15 credits

7CCP4501 Standard Model Physics and Beyond (Physics Department), 15 credits

Optional Modules

First Semester

Theoretical Physics at level 6:

6CCM331A Special Relativity and Electromagnetism, 15 credits

Other topics at level 7:

7CCM321BT Real Analysis II, 15 credits

7CCM322BT Complex Analysis, 15 credits

7CCM327BT Topology, 15 credits

7CCM350BT Rings and Modules, 15 credits

7CCMMS05T Metric and Banach Spaces, 15 credits

7CCMMS16T Algebraic Curves, 15 credits 

7CCMFM01T Probability Theory, 15 credits

7CCMFM02 Risk-Neutral Valuation, 15 credits

7CCMFM03 Financial Markets, 15 credits

7CCMFM04 Stochastic Analysis, 15 credits

7CCMFM05 Statistics in Finance, 15 credits

7CCMCS02T Theory of Complex Networks, 15 credits

7CCMCS04T Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems, 15 credits

7CCMCS06T Elements of Statistical Learning, 15 credits

7CCP4935 Dark Matter and Dark Energy, 15 credits


Second Semester

7CCM326BT Galois Theory, 15 credits

7CCM351BT Representation Theory of Finite Groups, 15 credits

7CCMMS03T Algebraic Number Theory, 15 credits

7CCMMS08T Operator Theory, 15 credits

7CCMMS11T Fourier Analysis, 15 credits

7CCMMS16T Algebraic Curves, 15 credits

7CCMMS20T Algebraic Geometry, 15 credits

7CCMMS22T Nonlinear Analysis, 15 credits

7CCMFM06 Numerical and Computational Methods in Finance, 15 credits

7CCMFM07 Interest Rates and Credit Risk, 15 credits

7CCMFM12 Incomplete Markets,15 credits

7CCMFM13 C++ for Financial Mathematics,15 credits

7CCMFM14 Exotic Derivatives,15 credits

7CCMCS03T Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems, 15 credits

7CCMCS05T Mathematical Biology, 15 credits


You may be allowed to take up to 30 credits from MSc modules at another College of University of London, provided that these have been approved by the Programme Director. Please ask the Programme Director for advice on the credit rating of modules from other Universities.


Progression Requirements:

In order to progress from year one to year two, a part-time student should have passed at least 45 credits (3 modules).

In order to progress to the project, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • at least 120 credits passed or
  • at least 105 credits passed together with 15 credits at condoned fail level or
  • at least 90 credits passed together with 30 credits at condoned fail level



19 September 2018



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