UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

Physics and mathematics are inextricably linked. It is not really possible to understand the basic concepts of physics such as elementary particle theory without a strong grounding in both pure and applied mathematics. This MSci combines the study of mathematics and physics on an equal basis, each reinforcing the other. It offers an additional year of study on top of the Mathematics and Physics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking more advanced courses and completing a major project.

Course Modules

Years 1 and 2: Foundations are laid with a balanced selection of courses from each department, including the following compulsory physics courses: Year 1: Electricity and magnetism; thermal physics; waves, optics and acoustics. Year 2: Atomic and molecular physics; condensed matter physics; electromagnetic theory; quantum theory. Year 3: Range of courses from both subjects, most being selected from those followed by single'subject students; students do not have to do any practical work, although this is possible if desired; compulsory physics courses: nuclear and particle physics; quantum physics; solid state physics.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £18,830  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher A1A1A-A1AA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAAAAA
  • GCE A-level A*AA-A*A*A
  • European Baccalaureate 90%
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 95%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 87%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 93%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

89% Go on to work and/or study

In work 47
Studying 37
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 8
Unknown 3

26% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 81%

Total Coursework: 15%

Total Practical: 4%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation