There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Theoretical physics addresses foundational questions: What is our universe made of? And how does it work? Throughout this course, you’ll be exposed to the elegant and unifying mathematical ideas that underpin humanity’s best answers to these questions to date. You’ll explore the fundamental physical theories which govern the behaviour of space, time and matter. From the quantum field theories that allow us to compute amplitudes in high-energy particle scattering experiments, to the geometry of black holes and other curved spacetimes, you’ll gain exposure to the key concepts of the field. This is just the start of your journey. Through project work and research seminars, you will explore the latest research and undertake your own scientific exploration. This course is also available in a two-year 240 credit (equivalent to 120ECTS credit) pathway, the MSc Theoretical Physics with Advanced Research.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirements for the programme are a 2:1 or above Honours degree (or equivalent) in physics, mathematics or a closely related subject, where the degree is accredited by a professional statutory regulatory body such as the Institute of Physics (or a body of equivalent standing in a related subject or overseas). If you wish to join the course with a 2:2, applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis, where entry may be possible based on additional information and/or an interview.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for Postgraduate Study 2022/23:
Theoretical Physics at University of Hertfordshire - UCAS