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Theoretical Physics, MPhys

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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #78 (QS) Durham, United Kingdom
The Theoretical Physics course offered by Durham University will suit those looking for professional training leading to research in physics or a physics-related career. 

Overview

The Theoretical Physics course offered by Durham University is mainly delivered through a mixture of lectures, laboratories, tutorials and workshops. The lectures will provide the means to give a concise, focused presentation of the relevant area of Physics. The lecture material will be explicitly linked to the contents of recommended textbooks for the module, thus making clear where students can begin their private study. When appropriate, the lectures will also be supported by the distribution of written material, or by information and relevant links on the University Virtual Learning Environment. Students will be able to obtain further help in their studies by approaching their lecturers, either after lectures or at other mutually convenient times (the Department has a policy of encouraging such enquiries). 

Students will learn how to plan experiments and to interpret data quantitatively and systematically in the laboratory classes. Regular problem exercises will give students the chance to develop their theoretical understanding and problem-solving abilities. These problem exercises will form the basis for discussions in tutorial groups of typically six students in the first year. The tutorials will also provide an informal environment for students to raise issues of interest or difficulty.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Planets and Cosmology
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physics into schools
  • Maths Workshop
  • Team Project
  • Laboratory Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study
  • A*A*A at A level, or equivalent, including Physics and Mathematics, is the standard A level offer.
  • Typical IB score 38 points overall including 776 in Higher Level subjects, to include Higher Level Maths and Higher Level Physics
  • Entry requirements are the same for all four Physics programmes and transfer from the BSc programme to the MPhys programme is possible and is based upon first and second-year examinations

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Durham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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