Taught course

Theoretical Physics

King's College London · Department of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours in Physics or Maths. Alternatively, a 2:1 in a degree subject related to Maths will be considered on a case by case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Theoretical Physics MSc is an intensive, research-led course in which you will examine basic topics in theoretical and mathematical physics such as general relativity and quantum field theory, before exploring advanced topics such as string theory and supersymmetry.

It is a demanding research-informed course that gives you a coherent, comprehensive introduction to the building blocks of modern theoretical physics and the opportunity to explore more advanced topics. The course offers you the choice to study either full or part-time and is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation.

If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your course will take two years to complete, you will study from the required optional module list in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules in your second year. The research project can be carried out over the first and second years or entirely in year 2.

You will study modules covering Lie groups and Lie algebras, manifolds, advanced quantum mechanics and field theory, and there are opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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