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Degree type

MSc

Course length

1 year full-time

Location

Durham City

Program code

F3K209

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Course details

This is a one year, advanced taught course. This course is intended for students who have already obtained a good first degree in either physics or mathematics, including in the latter case, courses in quantum mechanics and relativity.

The course consists of three modules: the first two are the Michaelmas and Epiphany (the first two terms of the academic year) graduate lecture courses, which are assessed by examinations in January and March. The third module is a dissertation on a topic of current research, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area. We offer a wide variety of possible dissertation topics. The dissertation must be submitted by September 15th, the end of the twelve month course period.

Course structure

The main group of lectures are given in Michaelmas and Epiphany. This part of the lecture course is assessed by examinations. In each term there are two teaching periods of four weeks, with a week's break in the middle of the term in which you will be able to revise the material. Most courses are either 8 or 16 lectures in length. There are 14 lectures/week in the Michaelmas term and 14 lectures/week in Epiphany term.

Core modules:

  • Introductory Field Theory
  • Group Theory
  • Standard Model
  • General Relativity
  • Quantum Electrodynamics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Conformal Field Theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • Anomalies
  • Strong Interaction Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Superstrings and D-branes
  • Non-Perturbative Physics
  • Euclidean Field Theory
  • Flavour Physics and Effective Field Theory
  • Neutrinos and Astroparticle Physics
  • 2d Quantum Field Theory.

Examples of optional modules:

  • Differential Geometry for Physicists
  • Boundaries and Defects in Integrable Field Theory
  • Computing for Physicists.

Learning

This is a full-year degree course, starting early October and finishing in the middle of the subsequent September.

The course consists of three modules: the first two are the Michaelmas and Epiphany graduate lecture courses. The third module is a dissertation on a topic of current research, prepared under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the area. We offer a wide variety of possible dissertation topics.

The lectures begin with a general survey of particle physics and introductory courses on quantum field theory and group theory. These lead on to more specialised topics, amongst others in string theory, cosmology, supersymmetry and more detailed aspects of the standard model.

The main group of lectures is given in the first two terms of the academic year. This part of the lecture course is assessed by examinations. In each term there are two teaching periods of 4 weeks, with a week's break in the middle of the term in which students will be able to revise the material. Most courses are either 8 or 16 lectures in length. There are 14 lectures/week in the Michaelmas term and 14 lectures/week in Epiphany term which are supported by weekly tutorials. In addition, lecturers also set a number of homework assignments which give the student a chance to test his or her understanding of the material.

There are additional optional lectures in the third term. These introduce advanced topics and are intended as preparation for research in these areas.

The dissertation must be submitted by mid-September, the end of the twelve month course period.

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours in either Physics or Mathematics.

English language requirements

Fees and funding

Full Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £11,000 per year
EU students £24,800 per year
Island students £11,000 per year
International students £24,800 per year

Part Time Fees

Tuition fees
Home students £6,050 per year
EU students £13,640 per year
Island students £6,050 per year
International students £13,640 per year

The tuition fees shown are for one complete academic year of full time study, are set according to the academic year of entry, and remain the same throughout the duration of the programme for that cohort (unless otherwise stated).

Please also check costs for colleges and accommodation.

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to supporting the best students irrespective of financial circumstances and are delighted to offer a range of funding opportunities. 

Find out more about Scholarships and Bursaries

Career opportunities

Mathematical Sciences

Previous graduates have progressed to work as research scientists, teachers, statisticians, operational researchers, investment analysts, actuaries, insurance analysts and accountants, for numerous academic institutions and for leaders in their sector.

Department information

Mathematical Sciences

We offer a distinct blend of high-quality teaching and research along with excellent facilities and a stimulating environment for your studies. Whichever degree you choose, you will benefit from researchled education by experts in a wide variety of fields across pure mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics and probability.

For more information visit our department pages.

Rankings

  • 4th in The Complete University Guide 2021.
  • 6th in The Guardian University Guide 2021.
  • 7th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021.

Staff

For a current list of staff, please see the Mathematical Sciences department pages.

Research Excellence Framework

  • Joint 1st in the UK for internationally excellent and world-leading research impact (REF 2014).

Facilities

In addition to the large collection of mathematics books in the Bill Bryson Library, the college libraries may also have copies of recommended texts. The Department also provides a great deal of support material online and students are welcome to discuss any mathematical questions with their lecturers and tutors.

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