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Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci

UCAS code: F302

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Our Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci will give you a strong foundation in all of the fundamental aspects of physics, including theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics. You'll be taught by internationally-renowned academic staff who have links to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the LIGO gravitational wave observatory. Your studies will take place in a friendly and supportive environment in central London. You also have the opportunity to transfer to the Study Abroad pathway and spend your third year at a partner institution before returning to King’s for your final year. This is dependent on you reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner university.

Key benefits

  • Award winning department - six former staff and students are Nobel Prize winners.
  • You’ll have access to our newly refurbished laboratory facilities, located in central London.
  • Research lies at the heart of our department, so you'll be taught by internationally renowned scientists.
  • Our central location gives you easy access to major libraries and leading societies, including the Institute of Physics.
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The lecturers are incredibly passionate and friendly people. They really care and it makes learning from them enjoyable as you can feed off their passion.

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Our Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci will 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, 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.

Base campuses

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

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Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Physics and Mathematics. Applicants having studied Maths and Further Maths but not Physics, may be considered on a case-by-case basis following an interview with the admissions tutor
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

A*AB also accepted. Must include: Grade A in both Mathematics and Physics or Grade A* in Mathematics and A in Physics or Grade A* in Physics and A in Mathematics NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Must include: 666 at Higher Level including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level or 765 at Higher Level including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics at Higher Level or 765 at Higher Level including 7 in Physics and 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. For example, 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module, including independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Written Examinations
  • Practical laboratory examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Class Tests
  • Coursework
  • Oral presentation

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 480 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Physics graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train physicists to be good problem solvers, to think logically and to apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems. 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Actuarial Analyst, Willis
  • Scientist, Oxford Nanopore Technologies
  • Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Mathematical Modeller, Bryden Woods
  • Physics teacher
  • Analyst, KPMG
  • PhD student

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: · Home students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. · EU students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. · Overseas students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. Note: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this will be subject to change in subsequent years. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Our Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci will 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, 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.

Base campuses

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

waterloo-banner
Waterloo Campus

Waterloo campus is home of the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery and facilities for other faculties

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Physics and Mathematics. Applicants having studied Maths and Further Maths but not Physics, may be considered on a case-by-case basis following an interview with the admissions tutor
Preferred subjects:
None

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

A*AB also accepted. Must include: Grade A in both Mathematics and Physics or Grade A* in Mathematics and A in Physics or Grade A* in Physics and A in Mathematics NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Must include: 666 at Higher Level including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level or 765 at Higher Level including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics at Higher Level or 765 at Higher Level including 7 in Physics and 6 in Mathematics at Higher Level The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

Application deadline: January 15th 2021.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work. For example, 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module, including independent study.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

No URL has been set for this Kaltura video

Assessment

  • Written Examinations
  • Practical laboratory examinations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Class Tests
  • Coursework
  • Oral presentation

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 480 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Physics graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train physicists to be good problem solvers, to think logically and to apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems. 

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Actuarial Analyst, Willis
  • Scientist, Oxford Nanopore Technologies
  • Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Mathematical Modeller, Bryden Woods
  • Physics teacher
  • Analyst, KPMG
  • PhD student

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • library fees and fines
  • personal photocopies
  • printing course handouts
  • society membership fees
  • stationery
  • travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • graduation costs

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows: · Home students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. · EU students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. · Overseas students studying for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year. Note: EU students will be liable for the same study abroad tuition fees as Home (UK) students in 2020/21. However, this will be subject to change in subsequent years. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Duration:
4 years
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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