MSci Theoretical Physics (F340)

2016 entry

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UCAS code F340
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.

More about Physics

Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Optional third subjects.

Second year

  • 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.

Third year

  • Core physics: semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • Practical physics
  • Physics and mathematics options.

Fourth year

  • Final-year research project
  • Current topics, student seminar
  • Advanced quantum physics and theoretical physics
  • Physics options.
Further details about the course structure for Theoretical Physics

Typical offer for MSci Theoretical Physics

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
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
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass 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
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsQualifications, 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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