Taught course

Gravity, Particles and Fields

University of Nottingham · School of Mathematical Sciences

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Entry requirements

At least a second class honours (2:1) BSc degree (or equivalent from other countries) in Physics, Mathematical Physics or Mathematics, or joint degrees containing substantial elements of physics or mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

Join this one-year course which provides an in-depth study of mathematical physics. You will focus on taught modules to take your knowledge and understanding in this area to an advanced level.

Core modules will cover topics such as black holes, modern cosmology and quantum field theory. Time will be spent studying advanced concepts in gravity - this is a particular research-strength here at Nottingham.

Teaching is provided by expert researchers from both the Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Mathematical Sciences. You will learn through a combination of lectures, problem classes and your own independent study.

You will complete a research project in the area of gravity, particles and fields. This can be based on a theoretical investigation, a review of research literature or a mixture of both. You will be supported by our academic staff and our world-leading research groups throughout your project.

The project will help improve your employability and develop your research skills. If you are considering a research-based career, the dissertation provides valuable skills in analysis and the evaluation of mathematical theorems. On graduation, many graduates go on to study for a PhD.

You will begin the course by learning introductory material on general relativity and differential geometry. There is an introduction to quantum field theory running across the year.You will work on a research project producing an in-depth dissertation during the summer months before you graduate.

Teaching is provided through a combination of lectures, problem classes and tutorials.

The course assumes you have a familiarity with quantum mechanics and special relativity at an introductory level. No prior knowledge of general relativity is required.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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