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BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Theoretical Physics

University of Plymouth

Acquire a deep insight into modern theories of nature using powerful mathematical techniques. This degree will provide you with the necessary mathematical language to be able to describe, analyse and predict natural phenomena. Final year modules include classical and quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and relativity, fluid dynamics and partial differential equations. A particular highlight of the degree is the choice of project modules to explore aspects of modern physics in depth.We have strong links with CERN and the European Light Infrastructure. We’re very proud of being top in the Guardian Mathematics University League Table for 2019 for satisfaction with the course. We are also fourth for satisfaction with mathematics teaching. This is part of a record of students regularly saying that they enjoy our degrees and teaching.* Study the foundation of modern theoretical physics in modules such as classical and quantum mechanics and electrodynamics and relativity.* Carry out a project in theoretical physics on topics such as quantum computers, black holes, teleportation and the quark model, supported by a leading academic.* Be inspired by a large group of theoretical physicists who have strong research connections across the globe including with CERN and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Two of our lecturers are Associate CERN staff members, another leads the Lattice QCD/BSM group at CERN, two are members of the UK’s Central Laser Facility user group and one is a theory consultant to the European Light Infrastructure project.* Pure and applied mathematics, modules in probability and options in statistics: get to grips with the foundations of modern mathematics.* Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2018 National Student Survey 99% of our final year students said that 'Staff are good at explaining things’.* This is part of a proud track record of success in the National Student Survey (NSS). We are top of the 2019 Guardian Mathematics League Table for satisfaction with the course.* Leading research experts teach you: 68% of our research papers were classified as ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ in the latest UK government survey of research (REF 2014).* Expand the ways you study with access to an extensive set of online support materials, including podcasts and eBooks.* Become a confident, effective communicator, able to present your ideas visually, verbally and in writing. Small group tutorials help you acquire these skills. In the 2018 National Student Survey 99% of our final year students agreed that 'I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course’.* We have an open door policy, a dedicated study space, the Maths Lab, clickers for immediate feedback in class, online podcasts – in short, we support you to reach your full potential.* Learn high-level programming skills and master industry software including Matlab and R. * Increase your employability with a strongly-recommended paid industry placement between the second and final years. Typically students are paid around £17,000 and recent employers include GlaxoSmithKline, the Department of Communities and Local Government, VirginCare, Visteon and Jagex. * Progress, like our previous graduates, into careers in research, work in the Met Office, GCHQ, finance, industry and medicine or postgraduate degrees in applied mathematics and theoretical physics.* Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and recognised for membership by the Institute of Physics.

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3 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time