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Theoretical Physics MPhys Hons

What will you study?

Theoretical physicists devote themselves to uncovering the most appropriate mathematical laws for deducing the essence of physical phenomena.

Lancaster's Theoretical Physics course concentrates on some of the more fundamental and mathematical aspects of Physics and is designed to help you develop analytical skills appropriate for solving a wide range of theoretical Physics problems.

In addition to the core first year Physics courses on Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism, you will study a range of topics in the following year, including Further Classical Mechanics, Classical Field Theory and Further Quantum Mechanics. In the final year of our three-year BSc degree scheme, students complete an extended research project alongside subjects such as Particle Physics and Atomic and Nuclear Physics.

In thefinal year of our four-year MPhys course you will study Advanced Magnetism and Nanophysics and Quantum Transport in Nanostructures and can choose from a range of possible topics for their extended project. Recent project topics include adatoms on graphene, silicine, photonic crystals, topological insulators, fundamentals of radiation reaction and gravitational waves.

Where could it take you?

Our degree programmes provide a strong underpinning for a wide range of careers. They have proven popular with employers who require advanced research in sectors such as geophysics, meterorologies, finance and computing. Our students have a wide range of possible employment opportunities with the potential of a good salary. Many of our students undertake careers in teaching, research or industry, where they carry on using their Physics knowledge. Others make the most of the transferable skills they have acquired and take up employment in, for example, the financial service industry, the military and the police.

A substantial number of our graduates stay on to undertake research degrees at Lancaster and top research intensive universities elsewhere. For example, recent graduates are now studying Physics, Theoretical Cosmology, Gravitational Physics, Space Plasma Physics, Particle Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Ultralow Temperature Physics, Biomedical Physics, Accelerator Physics and Mathematical Physics to PhD level.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2014:

A-level: A*AA(Physics and Mathematics). We normally expect three A-levels.

General Studies: Accepted as one of4 A-levels

Preference: A-levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

Scottish Highers: AAAAB or equivalent, with Advanced Highers in Physics and Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher Level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information

International Baccalaureate: 38 pts overall with 17 pts from three HL courses including Mathematics and Physics.

HNC/D: With merits in Physics and Mathematics you may be considered for direct entry to second year

IELTS: 6.0

New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a£1,000 Bursary,a£1,000 Fee Waiverand a£1,000 Accommodation Discountin the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.

Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.