Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study two challenging subjects at a greater depth than the three'year BSc. The Mathematics Department is rated highly for 'Overall Student Satisfaction' each year in the National Student Survey. The Physics Department has an international reputation for its teaching and research. Benefit from a strong focus on small group teaching led by inspirational staff who are acknowledged experts in their fields with a dedicated support network, including a personal academic adviser to guide you in your studies. The course has a track record of producing high'achieving graduates who are well'prepared for future employment.

Course Modules

Mathematics Year 1: from Euclid to Mandelbrot; calculus; number systems; numbers and functions; introduction to applied mathematics; principles of statistics; functions of several variables; matrix algebra. Year 2: vector analysis and fluids; statistical methods; linear algebra and project; primes and factorisation; real analysis; probability; graphs and optimisation; ordinary DEs and Fourier analysis; further linear algebra and modules; complex variable. Year 3: quantum theory 1; interference; time series analysis; mathematics of financial markets; cipher systems; computational number theory's; combinatorics; electromagnetism; mathematics project; further linear algebra and modules; mathematics in the classroom; number theory; non'linear dynamical systems; applied probability; error correcting codes; complexity theory; quantum theory 2; advanced financial mathematics; public key cryptography; applications of field theory. Year 4: computational number theory; channels; combinatorics; advanced cipher systems; project; complexity theory; quantum theory 2; advanced financial mathematics; public key cryptography; applications of field theory; theory of error'correcting codes. Physics Year 1: mathematics for scientists; mechanics and relativity; classical matter; physics of the universe; fields and waves; scientific skills. Year 2: mathematical methods; scientific computing skills; quantum mechanics; optics; electromagnetism; atomic and nuclear physics; particle detectors and accelerators; classical and statistical thermodynamics; the solid state; astronomy. Year 3: experimental or theoretical project; particle physics; semiconductors and superconductor; modern topics of condensed matter; particle astrophysics. Year 4: major project; research review; statistical mechanics; particle accelerator physics; superfluids, condensates and superconductors; nuclear magnetic resonance; computing and statistical data analysis.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • European Baccalaureate 75%-80%
  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • SQA Advanced Higher AA
  • Course specific
  • SQA Higher AAABB

Key Course Information

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100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 94%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

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

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 30
Studying 50
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 15
Unknown 5

30% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 75%

Total Coursework: 22%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation