Taught course

Theoretical Physics

University of Edinburgh · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in physics or mathematics with sufficient theoretical physics content. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with score no lower than 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (with no score lower than 20 in each section); PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each section); CPE: Grade C; CAE: Grade B.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Theoretical Physics is designed to prepare students for a research career in academia or industry by introducing advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, while emphasising the underlying physics concepts.

This programme, along with the MSc Mathematical Physics, is a core part of the new Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics, which has been created to mark the start of a new era in theoretical physics research, following the discovery of a candidate Higgs boson at CERN.

You will take part in the centre’s activities, including weekly seminars, colloquia and workshops involving physicists from around the world, and you will be involved in research-level projects as part of your dissertation.

Information for international students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

MSc Administrator
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