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Theoretical Physics

From the earliest days of physics, theory has been at the heart of the subject. Many major advances in mathematics, such as calculus, chaos theory and differential equations, have been creations of theoretical physicists, such as Newton, generating the tools for constructing the mathematical framework of the physical world. Today, these mathematical tools are joined by an array of computational methods which permit theoreticians to address complex systems and problems that are inaccessible to a purely mathematical analysis.

Some of the recent final year projects addressed by our theory students include the modelling of the complex processes occurring in plasmas for fusion energy, the behaviour of cold atoms in Bose-Einstein condensates, the properties of spin chains, and modelling hyperthermia in a nanoparticle magnetic system. The skills acquired by our theory students, combined with the broad and deep knowledge of physics that this degree offers, open career opportunities in many areas including the financial sector and high-performance computing as well as research or teaching careers.

Available Undergraduate Theoretical Physics courses include: 

Our degree programmes are offered as a four year Integrated Masters course (MPhys) or three year Bachelors course (BSc) and can be studied with an optional Year Abroad.

For further inforamtion on choosing your course see our Studying Physics guide.


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