Programme overview

MSc in Theoretical Physics & MSc in Mathematical Physics

Introducing advanced ideas in theoretical physics


The MSc programmes in Theoretical Physics and in Mathematical Physics are designed to prepare students for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, while emphasising the underlying physics concepts. Both MScs build upon our dedicated postgraduate courses and our  integrated Masters (MPhys) programmes.

"I'm very pleased to support the two new MSc programmes in theoretical and mathematical physics. This initiative will greatly help the University of Edinburgh to play a major role in training the next generation of theoretical physicists."
Professor Peter Higgs
Emeritus Professor, University of Edinburgh

The MSc programmes form a core part of the activities of the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics. Students are taught by members of the Higgs Centre, and may choose to join research projects as part of their dissertation, or undertake research in a company affiliated to the Higgs Centre. Students take part in the Centre's activities, including guest lectures, bi-weekly colloquia, and workshops involving physicists from around the world.

Difference between TP and MP

The two degrees have a similar structure. The MP degree requires students to take a number of Mathematics courses, which can be up to 40% of the taught course element. Contrastingly, TP students have more freedom to take a wider range of optional courses.