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Course summary

The Masters in Theoretical Physics provides an introduction to advanced topics in theoretical physics, ranging across the research frontier from quantum computing and optics, to theoretical astrophysics and cosmology, and calculations for elementary-particle physics. The constituent courses and research projects are delivered by experts in these areas, including members of the teams responsible for the discoveries and theoretical exploitations of the Higgs-boson discovery at the LHC, and of gravitational waves by the LIGO collaboration. It is suitable both for students who want a more advanced knowledge of theoretical concepts than possible at undergraduate level (and real research experience), and as an ideal preparation for applications to PhDs in theoretical physics. WHY THIS PROGRAMME You will benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and work closely with you on a novel, 3-month research project. Theoretical research in the School ranges from fundamental physics to experimental applications, and includes cutting edge topics such as quantum information and computing, and chirality and light-matter interactions. Fundamental-physics researchers in the School play leading roles in theory calculations for the Large Hadron Collider and other particle physics, and for gravitational wave searches with Advanced LIGO and future GW detectors. You will gain the theoretical, observational and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve advanced physics problems, from quantum theory to cosmology, providing you with an excellent foundation for a scientific career in academia or industry. You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences. You will also benefit from our membership of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. The alliance brings together internationally leading physics research across Scotland to form the largest physics grouping in the UK. The School of Physics and Astronomy is active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have opportunities to engage with industry through seminars and research projects. This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MSc programmes automatically meet the master’s level education requirement for Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. To fully meet the educational requirements for CPhys graduates must also possess an IOP accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent. The School has IoP Juno Champion and Athena Swan Silver Awards, demonstrating its support for women and under-represented groups in scientific studies and careers, with the goal to improve the working environment for all. The programme draws upon a wide range of advanced Masters-level courses. You will have the flexibility to tailor your choice of optional lecture courses and project work to a wide variety of specific research topics and their applications in the area of theoretical physics. Core courses include ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY QUANTUM INFORMATION QUANTUM THEORY RESEARCH SKILLS MSC PROJECT Optional courses include QUANTUM AND ATOM OPTICS DYNAMICS, ELECTRODYNAMICS & RELATIVITY ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY 2 GENERAL RELATIVITY AND GRAVITATION (course runs on alternate years) MATHEMATICAL METHODS 2 PLASMA THEORY AND DIAGNOSTICS (course runs on alternate years) RELATIVISTIC QUANTUM FIELDS STATISTICAL MECHANICS THE SUN'S ATMOSPHERE

How to apply

International applicants

International applicant information can be found via by searching for 'international'. Classes start September 2021 and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before.

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree in Physics or a related subject. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All fees are published on the University of Glasgow website.

Sponsorship information

Sponsorship and funding information can be found via by searching for 'scholarships'.

Theoretical Physics at University of Glasgow - UCAS