MSci Theoretical Physics (F340)
2016 entryFind a course
|Application method||UCAS/Common Application|
|Course duration||4 year(s) full-time|
|Part-time study||Part-time study is not available for this course|
|Number of applications for 2014/15||1322|
|Number of places for 2016/17||186|
About MSci Theoretical Physics
Theoretical physics aims to understand and predict phenomena in the physical world based on a conceptual and mathematical understanding of the laws of the universe.
This course will teach you physics focusing on the theoretical approach, with advanced courses available in later years on topics such as quantum physics, quantum information, relativistic field theory and condensed matter physics.
Our MSci Theoretical Physics degree incorporates a higher level of mathematics and less laboratory work than Single Honours Physics, with flexibility to interchange between our Single Honours Physics and Theoretical Physics MSci degree courses.
Note that as a new programme this degree is yet to be accredited by the Institute of Physics.
Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.
- Physics, including laboratory work
- Optional third subjects.
- Quantum mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, theoretical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
- Practical laboratory, computing and science presentational skills.
- Core physics: semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
- Practical physics
- Physics and mathematics options.
- Final-year research project
- Current topics, student seminar
- Advanced quantum physics and theoretical physics
- Physics options.
Typical offer for MSci Theoretical Physics
(including international A-levels)
|AAA including Mathematics and Physics|
(including international A-levels)
|AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics|
|IB Diploma||36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level|
|34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics|
|Cambridge Pre-U||Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3|
|Access||Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including mathematics and physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.|
|BTEC||DDD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units|
|SQA||SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics|
|Welsh Bacc||Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade|
|EB||85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics|
|International qualifications||Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country|
|English language requirements||Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
|Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:||grade C or above in English Language.|
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