We have designed this Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci to give you a broad knowledge of all of the fundamental aspects of physics and especially theoretical physics. You will learn about topics including relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics. The theoretical physics modules introduce advanced mathematical tools for studying whichever branch of theoretical physics that you wish to specialize in (e.g. astrophysics, cosmology, particle physics, condensed matter).
In your final year you can choose modules from the Physics Department, the Mathematics Department, or from a group of University of London colleges (Royal Holloway, UCL, Queen Mary). These modules will support your work on a genuine research project, supervised by our staff, which will allow you to experience some of the excitement of research and develop the skills to continue in this field if you choose.
Problem solving and project work is an important part of this course and you’ll learn about team work, group organisation and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also encourage you to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information to non-experts.
You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to support your development and our Department encourages an atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. Our Student-Staff Liaison Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and feedback on teaching. Staff and students are members of the Maxwell Society, which is the Department of Physics’ social and lecture society.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and project work. All of our academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching course.
You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module.
We will assess you primarily through written exams, although occasionally also through practical laboratory examinations, laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.
This course is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics).