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Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci

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Overview

Our Physics with Theoretical Physics MSci will give you an understanding across all of the fundamental aspects  of physics, including theoretical physics, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics. You will be taught by internationally-renowned academic staff with 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 the heart of 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 the final year.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

  • Award winning – six former staff and students in the department have won Nobel Prizes.
  • Internationally-renowned academic staff in the fields of cosmology, particle physics, condensed matter, nanotechnology and the interface between physics and biology.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • Central location gives you easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the Institute of Physics.

Key information

UCAS code F302

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations Institute of Physics

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Physics

Locations

 

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Physics with Theoretical Physics at King's

Undergraduate study

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Course detail

Description

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.

Teaching

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.

Assessment

We will assess you primarily through written exams, although occasionally also through practical laboratory examinations, laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics).

Structure

Year 1

Each course is divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Physics Skills & Techniques (30 credits)
  • Mathematics & Computation for Physics (30 credits)
  • Classical Physics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Foundations of Chemistry & Cell Biology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Astrophysics (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Mathematical Methods for Physics (15 credits)
  • Thermal Physics & Properties of Matter (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Electromagnetism (15 credits)
  • Relativity & Sub-atomic Physics (15 credits)
  • Symmetry in Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules which typically include:

  • Stellar Structure and Evolution (15 credits)
  • Experimental Physics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Numerical Modelling (15 credits)

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Optics (15 credits)
  • Condensed Matter Physics I (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (15 credits)
  • Particle Physics (15 credits)
  • 3rd Year Project in Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • University Ambassadors’ Scheme (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (15 credits)
  • General Relativity & Cosmology (15 credits)
  • Modelling Flow & Transport (15 credits)

You may have the option of transferring to the Physics with Theoretical Physics with a Year Abroad MSci pathway to spend your third year studying abroad, returning to study your final year at King’s. This will depend on you reaching a certain grade average and being accepted by a partner university.

Year 4

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Literature Review (15 credits)
  • Project (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 75 credits from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Advanced Photonics (15 credits)
  • Theoretical Treatment of Nano-systems (15 credits)
  • Standard Model & Beyond (15 credits)
  • Astroparticle Cosmology (15 credits)
  • Condensed Matter Physics II (15 credits)
  • Cellular Biophysics (15 credits)
  • Dark Matter & Dark Energy (15 credits)
  • Modelling Quantum Many-body Systems (15 credits)
  • Scientific Communications (15 credits)
  • Theoretical Treatments of Nano-systems (15 credits)

You may also choose from a selection modules from other departments or institutions, which typically include:

King’s College London Department of Mathematics

  • Lie Groups & Lie Algebras
  • String Theory & Branes
  • Elements of Statistical Learning
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems
  • Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems
  • Theory of Complex Networks

Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Physics at the Nanoscale

University College London

  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Atom & Photon Physics
  • Quantum Computation & Communication
  • Molecular Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Solar Physics
  • Space Plasma & Magnetospheric Physics
  • Molecular Biophysics

Queen Mary, University of London

  • Relativistic Waves & Quantum Fields
  • Electromagnetic Theory
  • Stellar Structure & Evolution
  • Relativity & Gravitation
  • Solar System
  • The Galaxy
  • Astrophysical Plasmas

 

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

Entry requirements

 

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry 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

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level 

AAA

or

A*AB 

Must include grade A in both Mathematics and Physics

or

Must include grade A* in Mathematics and A in Physics

or

Must include grade A* in Physics and A in Mathematics

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Access to HE Diploma 

D: 36 credits

M: 9 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. This must include substantial focus at Level 3 (with Distinction) on both Mathematics and Physics.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3 D3 D3

or 

D2 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in both Mathematics and Physics

or

Must include grade D2 in Mathematics and D3 in Physics

or

Must include grade D2 in Physics and D3 in Mathematics

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDD with 12 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM with 11 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*.

NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement, if you have BTECs you need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

Diploma in Applied Physics at DD with eight Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Diploma in Applied Physics at DM with six Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*.

NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement, if you have BTECs you need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)  

D with four modules at Distinction and two A-levels at grades AA, including grade A in both Mathematics and Physics OR M and two A-levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Physics and grade A in Mathematics OR M and two A-levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Physics.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AA at Advanced Highers

Must include grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Must include 666 at Higher Level including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

or

Must include 765 at Higher Level including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics at Higher Level

or 

Must include 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

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019.

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.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 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/expenses

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

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment or further study as:

  • PhD student (in Astrophysics, Biophysics, Condensed Matter etc), at KCL, UCL, Imperial etc
  • Scientist, Oxford Nanopore Technologies
  • Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Mathematical Modeller, Bryden Woods
  • Actuarial Analyst, Willis
  • Physics Teacher, London

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