University of Glasgow: Theoretical Physics

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Email pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk
Telephone 0141 330 4515
Study type Taught

Summary

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.

**Contact: pgadmissions@gla.ac.uk
January or September start
MSc: 12 months full-time**

**WHY THIS PROGRAMME**

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. Accredited MSc programmes automatically meet the master’s level education requirement for Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. To fully meet the educational requirements for CPhys graduates must also possess an IOP accredited undergraduate degree or equivalent.

The School plays a leading role in the exploitation of data from the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator at CERN.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is highly active in research and knowledge transfer projects with industry. Our Masters students have regular opportunities to engage with our industrial collaborators through informal visits, guest lectures and workshops.

You will also benefit from our membership of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. The alliance brings together internationally leading physics research across Scotland to form the largest physics grouping in the UK.

You will gain the theoretical, observational and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve advanced astrophysics problems, providing you with 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.

This programme has a September and January intake*.

*For suitably qualified candidates

**PROGRAMME STRUCTURE**

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

- Quantum information

- Quantum theory

- Research skills

- Extended project

**Optional courses include**
- Applied optics

- Dynamics, electrodynamics and relativity

- Electromagnetic theory 2

- General relativity and gravitation (alternate years, starting 2018-19)

- Mathematical methods 2

- Plasma theory and diagnostics (alternate years, starting 2017-18)

- Relativistic quantum mechanics

- Statistical mechanics

- The sun's atmosphere

**For further information on the content of individual courses please see Honours and Masters level courses:** www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/postgraduate/taughtpostgraduatestudy/

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/senateoffice/studentcontract/

**CAREER PROSPECTS**
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.

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