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Theoretical Physics (by Research)

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All programmes of study will be delivered in a dual way combining both online and face to face teaching as appropriate. Face to face teaching will be delivered in a blended format with no large lectures to begin with. Please visit our website for more information. The MSc Theoretical Physics (by Research) programme is offered by Swansea University.

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The MSc Theoretical Physics (by Research) programme at Swansea University  allows you to undertake a year long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research.

Your theoretical physics research project will be shaped by participation in activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratory activity and field work, as well as your involvement in one of our established research groups.

While this research Theoretical Physics (by Research) programme at Swansea University usually finishes after a year, it can be used to progress to the second year of a PhD degree in the appropriate circumstances.

We have three main research groups.

  • The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group (AMQP)
  • The Applied Physics and Materials (APM) Group 
  • The Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory (PPCT) Group


Swansea is a research-led University and our department makes a significant contribution, meaning you will benefit from the considerable experience and skills of our expert staff. Professor Lyn Evans, leader of the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN, is a significant Swansea Physics alumnus. Professor Higgs Boson, the Physics Nobel Prize winner who proposed the Boson particle is a Swansea University Honorary Fellow with close links to our department.

Programme Structure

The areas of research include:

  • Analytical laser spectroscopy, 
  • Ultrafast Dynamics, Imaging and Microscopy, Optomechanics
  • Biophotonics: Nano- and micro-structured materials, biomimetics, analyte sensing and light-tissue interaction
  • Nanomedicine
  • Amplitudes in gauge and supergravity theories
  • Hot and Dense matter, High-performance computing 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We invite applications from well-qualified candidates whose research interest focusses around the fields of, Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics (AMQP), Applied Physics and Materials (APM) and Particle Physics Theory (PPT).

  • Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or a Master’s degree with merit in physics or related subject.
  • IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.


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