Mathematical Physics at University of Nottingham - UCAS

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About Physics at the University of Nottingham We have a proud history of learning and innovation. Research undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy, by Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, was recognised with a 2003 Nobel Prize for the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging scanners. This technology has already helped more than half a billion people worldwide. More recently, our use of quantum technologies to understand how the brain works is changing the way that neurological conditions are detected and treated. Our research activities cover cutting-edge topics ranging from probing quantum mechanics at ultralow temperatures to understanding the largest structures in the Universe. Our courses offer a wide range of optional modules, so you can explore new areas of physics and specialise in the ones that interest you the most, and learn from experts in those fields. What’s more, there is flexibility to transfer between most physics courses after the first year. Some of our teaching staff share their love of physics with budding scientists worldwide through the popular Sixty Symbols YouTube channel. Our unique, student centred MSci course offers innovative teaching methods, with few to no exams in the final year. Employers of our graduates include Accenture, BBC, EDF Energy, Jaguar Land Rover, and various NHS Trusts. Roles include Trainee Clinical Scientist, Medical Physicist, Systems Engineer, Data Analyst and Software Development Engineer. Many of our students go on to further study at PhD level in the UK and overseas. Mathematical Physics MSci Ever since Newton’s theories of motion and gravity, the fields of physics and mathematics have been interlinked. This accredited course is taught by the Schools of Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy. It uses advanced mathematics to further your understanding of how our universe works. It offers a solid foundation in theoretical physics and associated mathematical topics. Optional modules such as Relativity, Differential Geometry, and Black Holes give you the opportunity to specialise in the areas that interest you the most. Our unique fourth year will develop your professional and transferrable skills with immersive, student-centred learning. You will focus on fewer but more specialised areas and complete a year-long research project. Under the guidance of our expert staff you will benefit from a range of learning styles. These include group work, projects, delivering seminars and independent learning.


In the first year, you will build up your knowledge of the subject through modules in the core elements of physics. You will also study key mathematical physics concepts, such as Quantitative Physics and Linear Mathematics. In the second year, you will study core physics theories including electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. You'll also study specialist mathematics modules such as Vector Calculus. Optional modules offered by both schools will give you the opportunity to tailor your study in an area that interests you. These include Force and Function at the Nanoscale and The Structure of Stars. In your third year, you will study advanced topics in physics and mathematics, applying the core theories and methods you learned in year one and two. You will also work on a year-long research project in a specialist area of your choice. In the final year, you will choose from a range of optional modules. These may include topics such as black holes, quantum field theory and differential geometry. You will also carry out a major research project, working on a cutting-edge problem in mathematical physics.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

European Baccalaureate - An overall average of 85% including 8.5 in Mathematics (syllabus 5) and 8 in Physics (plus 6 in English). GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4).

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £26250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
International £26250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Mathematical Physics at University of Nottingham - UCAS