Our Theoretical Physics MSc is a demanding research-informed course that gives you a coherent, comprehensive introduction to the building blocks of modern theoretical physics and the opportunity to explore more advanced topics. The course offers you the choice to study either full or part-time and is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation.
If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete, you will study from the required optional module list in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules in your second year. The research project can be carried out over the first and second years or entirely in year 2.
You will study modules covering Lie groups and Lie algebras, manifolds, advanced quantum mechanics and field theory, and there are opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests.
We use lectures and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Typically, one credit equate to 10 hours of work, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, independent study, coursework and preparation for examinations.
The primary method of assessment for this degree is written examination. You may also be assessed by essays, practical examination, oral presentation, reports, class tests and projects. The nature of assessment varies by module.