Theoretical Physics MPhys (Hons)

Course Overview

Our four-year Theoretical Physics MPhys Honours degree includes an integrated year of Master's-level study.

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4 Years

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A Level: AAA
IB: 37 points

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The first three years are similar to our Theoretical Physics BSc Honours degree.

You will learn about the advanced mathematics that underpin our understanding of the natural universe and physical processes.

In your final (fourth) year, you gain a deeper understanding of physics, through advanced research-driven modules. This prepares you for a career in physical science or research, including study for higher degrees.

You study theoretical and computational physics and work with academics to plan and deliver an extended research project in an area of mutual interest.

You may choose to complete a work placement as part of your project, helping you enhance your CV and develop contacts in the workplace. 

Highlights of this degree

Become a graduate in demand

Become a graduate in demand

Research from the Institute of Physics indicates that physics graduates are more likely to find employment and earn more than other graduates (The Career Paths of Physics Graduates, Institute of Physics, May 2012).

Physics graduates can be found in almost every numerate career. Possible career paths include:

  • engineering
  • medicine
  • finance
  • nanotechnology
  • oil, gas and renewable energy
  • telecommunications

See the Careers section on our Physics website for more information about the skills that Physics graduates develop.

Research expertise

Research expertise

You will benefit from our interdisciplinary approach at Newcastle University, and the diverse research strengths of our expert academic staff.

We have research expertise in:

  • novel electronic materials
  • semiconductor devices
  • computational physics
  • quantum fluids
  • astrophysics
  • relativity
  • nanoscale properties of materials

Visit our Physics website to find out more about our research expertise.

Facilities and support

As a Physics student at Newcastle University, you will be based in the Herschel Building at the heart of our city centre campus.


You will have access to high specification laboratory facilities equipped with leading experimental and computational physics capabilities. The Herschel Building also has dedicated study and social spaces, and a computing area.

Find out more about our facilities on the Physics website.


We have a range of generous Physics scholarships available to help you fund your studies (terms and conditions apply).

You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.

Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.

Find out more about Physics at Newcastle on our Physics website.

Teaching and assessment

Study at the cutting edge

Our degrees reflect the world-leading physics research at Newcastle and give you the chance to study at the cutting edge of the discipline.

Your degree content is driven and delivered by academic staff who are internationally leading researchers in their fields, as well as being passionate about sharing their knowledge with students.

Visit our Physics website to find out more about Who's Who in the Physics team.

Teaching methods

You will be taught via a range of approaches, including:

  • lectures and seminars
  • small group tutorials
  • problem classes
  • laboratory sessions
  • practical computing sessions

Typically 60 hours per semester will consist of practical sessions in our laboratories where you will take part in experiments and project work.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a combination of:

  • examinations
  • computer assessments
  • problem solving exercises
  • laboratory reports
  • individual and group project work

Find out more

Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.

Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.

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    4 years Duration
    F344 UCAS Code

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    Entry Requirements
    A Level: AAA
    IB: 37 points

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