MSc Programmes in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

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The Higgs Centre set up two new MSc programmes in Theoretical Physics and Mathematical Physics in 2013. The main objective of these programmes is to introduce advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, emphasising the underlying physics concepts. Building upon our integrated Masters (MPhys) programmes and existing graduate-level courses, these MSc programmes have been designed to give students a solid foundation in theoretical and mathematical physics as a preparation for research in academia or industry. We have added many new courses to the programme since 2013, and 25-35 students now join the programme each year.

MSc Course News

  • We have a new course for academic year 2018/19: Topics in Mathematical Physics , which will be on string theory.
  • We have several new courses from the new MSc in Particle and Nuclear Physics, including Programming, Data Analysis and Machine Learning.
  • We have added further courses from the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, Informatics and Engineering to the MSc programmes.

MSc in Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Physics on the School of Physics and Astronomy website.

The MSc programmes are a core part of the Higgs Centre's activities. Students on the MSc programmes are taught by members of the Higgs Centre and over the summer they carry out a research project and write it up in the form of a dissertation.

MSc students take part in the Centre's activities, including regular seminars, colloquia and workshops involving physicists from around the world.

I'm very pleased to support the two new MSc programmes in theoretical and mathematical physics. This initiative will help the University of Edinburgh to play a major role in training the next generation of theoretical physicists.

Professor Peter Higgs
Nobel Laureate and Emeritus Professor at the University of Edinburgh

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