The Masters in Theoretical Physics provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the subject, and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.
Why this programme
Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow is ranked 3rd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).
The School plays a leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.
You will gain the theoretical and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve a range of advanced physics problems, providing an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadership 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 benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and supervise your projects.
With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
This programme has a September and January intake*.
*For suitably qualified candidates
Modes of delivery of the MSc in Theoretical Physics include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.
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
Optional courses include
Advanced electromagnetic theory
Advanced mathematical methods
Dynamics, electrodynamics and relativity
General relativity and gravitation (alternate years, starting 2018-19)
Plasma theory and diagnostics (alternate years, starting 2017-18)
Relativistic quantum fields
The sun's atmosphere
Career opportunities include academic research, based in universities, research institutes, observatories and laboratory facilities; industrial research in a wide range of fields including energy and the environmental sector, IT and semiconductors, optics and lasers, materials science, telecommunications, engineering; banking and commerce; higher education.