The MSc Theoretical Physics programme from The University of Edinburgh is a core part of the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, which has been created to mark the start of a new era in theoretical physics research, following the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN. You will take part in the centre’s activities, including weekly seminars, colloquia and workshops involving physicists from around the world, and you will be involved in research-level projects as part of your dissertation.
The partnership between mathematics and physics is an essential one. In theoretical physics we attempt to build abstract constructs that rationalise, explain and predict physical phenomena. To do this we need mathematics: the language of physics. The underlying structure of the physical world can be understood in great detail using mathematics; this is a never-ending source of fascination to theoretical physicists.
By engaging with and completing the MSc in Theoretical Physics, graduates will acquire core knowledge of theoretical physics subjects and the research methodologies of modern theoretical and mathematical physics. The programme aims to develop research skills and problem solving skills, especially in mathematics. It also aims to develop an attitude of mind conductive to critical questioning and creative thinking and the capacity to formulate ideas mathematically.
These degrees are designed to prepare you for a research career by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable to a wide range of research areas and sectors including academia, industry, education and finance.
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- You will take two compulsory courses plus a selection of courses that will bring you to an advanced level in subjects such as general relativity, cosmology, statistical physics, condensed matter physics, quantum field theory and the standard model of particle physics.
- You may also take courses drawn from a wider pool including specialist courses in mathematics, computing and climate science.
- Following the taught component of the programme, you will undertake a three-month research project, which leads to a dissertation.
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- 12 months
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A UK 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in physics or mathematics (with sufficient theoretical-physics content).
We are looking for significant knowledge of the following physics topics at advanced or intermediate undergraduate level:
- Classical/Lagrangian Dynamics
- Quantum Mechanics
- Special Relativity
- Statistical/Thermal physics
Similarly, we would like all of the following topics in mathematics:
- Vector calculus
- Fourier Analysis
- Complex Analysis
We recognise that many students will not have covered all of these topics at this level. We consider every application on an individual basis and may accept students who have studied a significant subset of these topics.
Degrees in engineering, chemistry, geosciences, etc, are unlikely to be suitable preparation for this programme.
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International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25300 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
National14400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 14400 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.