The programme structure is the same for both MScs. Each is a full-time, 180-point, taught Master’s programme.
The taught component of the programme has two elements:
1. Two compulsory courses plus a selection of core courses, which bring all students 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.
Mathematical Physics students will also take a selection of courses in pure/applied mathematics.
2. A choice from a wider pool of courses, including specialist courses in mathematics, computing and climate science
Following the taught component of the programme, students undertake a 3-month research project drawn from the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, which leads to a dissertation.
The MScs follow the University’s academic year calendar. The taught component runs over two semesters, from September to May. Students then undertake their research project from June to August.