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Theoretical Physics (MSc)


Course Description

Programme description

This MSc programme is designed to prepare you for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, while emphasising the underlying physics concepts.

The MSc programme is a core part of the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, which has been created to mark the start of a new era in theoretical physics research, following the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN. You will take part in the centre’s activities, including weekly seminars, colloquia and workshops involving physicists from around the world, and you will be involved in research-level projects as part of your dissertation.

The partnership between mathematics and physics is an essential one. In theoretical physics we attempt to build abstract constructs that rationalise, explain and predict physical phenomena. To do this we need mathematics: the language of physics. The underlying structure of the physical world can be understood in great detail using mathematics; this is a never-ending source of fascination to theoretical physicists.

Programme structure

Taught courses

You will take two compulsory courses plus a selection of courses that will bring you 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. You may also take courses drawn from a wider pool including specialist courses in mathematics, computing and climate science.

Dissertation

Following the taught component of the programme, you will undertake a three-month research project, which leads to a dissertation.

Industry-based dissertation projects

Through the School’s strong links with industry, we offer our students the opportunity to undertake their dissertation project with one of a wide range of local companies.

By undertaking an industry-based dissertation project you will have the opportunity to enhance your skills and employability by tackling a real-world industry project, gaining work place experience, exploring potential career paths and building relationships with local companies.

Learning outcomes

By engaging with and completing the MSc in Theoretical Physics, graduates will acquire core knowledge of theoretical physics subjects and the research methodologies of modern theoretical and mathematical physics. The programme aims to develop research skills and problem solving skills, especially in mathematics. It also aims to develop an attitude of mind conductive to critical questioning and creative thinking and the capacity to formulate ideas mathematically.

Career opportunities

These degrees are designed to prepare you for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable to a wide range of research areas and sectors including academia, industry, education and finance.

Visit the Theoretical Physics (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

A large number of Master's Scholarships are available for the 2016-2017 academic session at the University of Edinburgh.Scholarships are available to UK nationals who are permanently domiciled in Scotland, as well as EU nationals (excluding UK nationals) domiciled in EU or Scotland but not elsewhere in UK, who have been accepted on a eligible full-time or part-time Master's degree programme.Visit the following website for further details:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/university-scholarships/sfc-hsw

Value of Scholarship(s)

UK/EU tuition fee

Eligibility

Visit the following website for further details:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/university-scholarships/sfc-hsw

Application Procedure

Eligible applicants should complete an online scholarship application form at:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/university-scholarships/sfc-hsw

Further Information

http://Visit the following website for further details: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/postgraduate/uk-eu/university-scholarships/sfc-hsw



Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in physics or mathematics with sufficient theoretical physics content.

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