What Will You Study
Taught jointly with Lancaster’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics, our MSci degree in Theoretical Physics with Mathematics combines core physics and specialised theoretical physics subjects with classes in pure mathematics, culminating in an extensive research project in the final year. This equips you with an understanding of the mathematical foundations of physics, for example, you will learn how quantum mechanics is underpinned by the powerful mathematical concept of a Hilbert space.
In your first year you will cover the core of physics in modules such as Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism, and the core of mathematics including geometry and calculus, numbers and relations, and probability.
In years two and three, the core physics modules are complemented by courses from the Theoretical Physics scheme and mathematical topics such as group theory and differential equations. In year three you also carry out an investigative group project, and have a choice of options such as Quantum Information and Advanced Gravity and Relativity.
In the final year of your course you will take further advanced options, and complete your extended research project on a topic such as Gravitational Waves, Quantum Computation, Physics of Graphene, Photonic Crystals, and Geometry and Electrodynamics.
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Accounting, Finance and Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Computer Science and Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Economics and Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Financial Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Financial Mathematics (Industry) : BSc Hons
- French Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- German Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Management Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Mathematics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Mathematics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics : BSc Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics : MSci Hons
- Mathematics with Statistics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Physics : BSc Hons
- Physics : MPhys Hons
- Physics (Study Abroad) : MPhys Hons
- Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology : BSc Hons
- Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology : MPhys Hons
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology : BSc Hons
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology : MPhys Hons
- Spanish Studies and Mathematics : BA Hons
- Statistics : BSc Hons
- Statistics : MSci Hons
- Statistics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
- Theoretical Physics : BSc Hons
- Theoretical Physics : MPhys Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Classical Mechanics
- Differential Equations
- Discrete Mathematics
- Electric and Magnetic Fields
- Geometry and Calculus
- Matrix Methods
- Numbers and Relations
- Quantum Physics
- Series and Functions
- The Physical Universe
- Thermal Properties of Matter
- Vector Calculus
- Complex Analysis
- Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics
- Experimental Physics, Skills and Mechanics
- Introductory Real Analysis
- Linear Algebra
- Quantum Mechanics
- Relativity, Nuclei and Particles
- Atomic Physics
- Particle Physics
- Solid State Physics
- Statistical Physics
- Theoretical Physics Group Project
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics Independent Study
- MPhys Literature Review
- MPhys Project
- Topology and Fractals
- Advanced Electrodynamics and Gravity
- Advanced Magnetism
- Advanced Relativity and Gravity
- Hilbert Space
- Lasers and Applications
- Matter at low temperature
- Operator Theory
- Quantum transport in Low Dimensional Nanostructures
- Representation Theory of Finite Groups
- Semiconductor Device Physics
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, or staff changes, or new research.
A Level A*AA including Physics and Mathematics at A-level
International Baccalaureate 38 points overall with 17 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including Physics and Mathematics
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international qualifications webpage or contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly
Physics and Mathematics are required for entry
IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each component)
General Studies Offers normally include General Studies if it is taken as a fourth A level
Combination of Qualifications Applications from students with a combination of qualifications are welcomed, for further advice please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed
Interviews Applicants may be invited to interview
Contact Undergraduate Admissions Office + 44 1524 592028 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to the developments in modern society. Applications of the subject range from the very pure to the very practical, and a physics degree opens up a wide range of rewarding careers in scientific research and technological development, as well as in a variety of other professions. A substantial number of our graduates continue on to postgraduate education, or enter employment that directly relies on their specialist skills. Our students also find employment in careers where they are valued because of general skills gained during the course such as logical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy. Examples include consulting, finance, computer programming, and accountancy, as well as managerial and administrative positions.
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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 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 2015, 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 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per 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 qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students taking Part I of the course are charged £10 for a bound copy of the lab manual. There are a number of optional one-day visits to places of interest and students pay travel costs.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.