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MMath/MPhys (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
MMath/MPhys (Hons) Mathematics and Physics

MMath/MPhys (Hons) Mathematics and Physics

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  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAA including Physics and Maths. This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered).

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, D3 including Physics and Maths

  • European Baccalaureate, 85% overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths

  • International Baccalaureate, 36 points overall, including 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Mathematics and Physics are natural subjects to combine at university. Comprehending high-level physics requires a strong mathematical foundation. Mathematical models are developed to explain our observations of the physical world.

Our integrated programme gives you access to the combined expertise of the Departments of Physics and Mathematics. Our specialist teaching emphasises the mathematical structure of physical theory, providing a strong basis on which to build a comprehensive understanding of modern physics.

You'll work with dedicated staff, all of whom are engaged in current research and many are world leaders in their field. You will benefit from training in cutting-edge mathematical and theoretical physics techniques, and use these to probe the nature of physical reality and push the boundaries of research.

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Year 1

In your first year, you will study core modules which emphasise key material to consolidate your existing knowledge and prepare you for more advanced study.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Algebra 

  • Calculus

  • Mathematical Skills I

  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity with Professional Skills 

  • Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics 

  • Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics 

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll deepen your understanding of fundamental laws, processes and techniques.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Applied Mathematics for Mathematics and Physics 

  • Functions of a Complex Variable 

  • Linear Algebra 

  • Mathematical Skills II 

  • Vector Calculus 

  • Electromagnetism and Optics 

  • Quantum Physics II 

  • Thermodynamics and Solid State I 

Year 3

Year 3 introduces some advanced concepts, building on the expertise you've developed. Option modules give you the chance to delve deeper into your favourite topic, or discover a new area of advanced physics or mathematics.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State II (20 credits)

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Complex and Asymptotic Methods (10 credits)

  • Classical and Biological Fluid Dynamics (10 credits)

  • Differential Geometry (10 credits)

  • Dynamical Systems (10 credits)

  • Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics (10 credits)

  • Mathematical Ecology and Epidemiology (10 credits)

  • Modelling with MATLAB (10 credits)

  • Numerical Analysis (20 credits)

  • Partial Differential Equations I (10 credits)

  • Partial Differential Equations II (10 credits)

  • MMath Group Project (20 credits)

  • Advanced Theoretical Techniques (10 credits)

  • Atomic Physics and Lasers  (10 credits)

  • Cosmology (10 credits)

  • Galaxies and the Interstellar Medium and Cosmology (20 credits)

  • Introduction to Plasma Science and Technology (10 credits)

  • Introduction to Quantum Computing (10 credits)

  • Magnetic Materials and Technology (10 credits)

  • Medical Physics (10 credits)

  • Modern Optics (10 credits)

  • Nanoscale (10 credits)

  • Particle Physics (10 credits)

  • Quantum Physics III (20 credits)

  • Relativity (10 credits)

  • The Physics of Stars (10 credits)

Year 4

The fourth year consists of a number of advanced option modules, providing you with the opportunity to specialise further. You'll apply the core knowledge you've developed over the previous years to topics aligned with our internationally-recognised research groups.

You'll undertake a major research project under the supervision of an academic member of staff with expertise in the area you choose to focus on. You'll conduct original research to reach new conclusions and, at the highest levels, contribute to our understanding of physics.

MMath or MPhys project

  • MMath Project

  • MPhys Project

You'll choose a project focusing either on maths or physics. Our students widely acknowledge the final project as one of the most satisfying and rewarding parts of the course. You'll undertake independent research to investigate a current problem in the field, or bring new perspectives to a familiar topic. You may need to design, build and evaluate equipment for a specific experimental purpose.

Recent projects have included:

  • Shape coexistence in thallium and bismuth isotopes studied by laser spectroscopy

  • Exploring Exotic Nuclear Shapes and Structures

  • Nuclear Instrumentation Solutions for Industry

  • Construction of a polarised TIRF microscope to probe membrane diffusion

  • Exotic nuclei studied with knockout and fragmentation reactions

  • Strain control of a magnonic crystal

You'll be supported by a professional skills module to hone your research techniques. You'll undertake a literature survey, write a review essay, develop a project plan and give oral and poster presentations in an end-of-year conference.

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Advanced General Relativity 

  • Advanced Quantum Field Theory 

  • Applications of Group Theory in Virology 

  • General Relativity 

  • Mathematical Ecology and Epidemiology 

  • Modelling with MATLAB 

  • Quantum Field Theory 

  • Quantum Information 

  • Riemannian Geometry 

  • Soft Matter in Physics and Biology 

  • Advanced High Performance Computing 

  • Advanced Plasma Physics 

  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics 

  • Biophysics 

  • From Subatomic Physics to Astrophysics 

  • Further Quantum Mechanics 

  • High Performance Computing 

  • Laser and Atom-light Interactions 

  • Nanomaterials: from Graphene to Spintronics 

  • Physics and Applications of Semiconductor Devices 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates are working as:

  • Accelerator Physicist, Science and Technology Council

  • Engineer, BAE Systems

  • Scientist, The Home Office

  • Financial Coordinator, De Vere

  • IT Analyst and Consultant, Virgin money

  • Teacher

  • Electrical Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

  • Environmental Modeller, E.ON

  • Accountant, John Lewis

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