Masters in Theoretical Physics

Theoretical physics aims to understand how the universe we live in (and beyond) works, and why exactly it works this way. Humans have been curious about the workings of the world for centuries now, but we have been asking questions on a bigger scale in more recent times. Our advancements in technology have meant that we can not only ask bigger questions, but also attempt to answer them.

About Theoretical Physics


The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also depend on your level of study. At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Science (MSc), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award you with a research degree, such as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

Depending on your institution, the course you choose to study might also be accredited by a professional body. This could include the Institute of Physics (IOP).


A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.


Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.

Typical Annual Tuition Fees

  • Postgraduate - £10,000

Topics Covered


During a postgraduate degree, such as an MSc, you will build on the knowledge you gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of theoretical physics. These modules and specialisms could include particle physics, relativity and gravitation, quantum field theory, relativistic waves, and electrons in crystals. Assessment methods might include written work, practical assessments, exams, and a final major research project.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for a degree in theoretical physics will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level of study for which you are applying. For a postgraduate degree, you will generally be required to have an undergraduate degree in theoretical physics, or a closely related subject, such as physics or mathematics.

Typical Entry Requirements


  • Degree Requirements - 2:1 or higher
  • Required/Desired Subjects - Theoretical Physics, Physics, Mathematics