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Theoretical Physics, MPhys, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (QS) ,
Theoretical physics really is about the meaning of it all. This BSc Theoretical Physics, MPhys degree from University of Leeds will enable you to understand the revolutionary advances in theory that underpin today’s physical understanding of the world.


Throughout the BSc Theoretical Physics, MPhys course offered at University of Leeds you will study mathematics with emphasis on both application and rigour, overlapping with mainstream mathematics students. You will cover concepts and techniques that you will apply to physics, together with a range of more advanced ideas that are essential to professional theoretical physicists.

The programme will provide students with:
  • a sound knowledge and understanding of the core observations, concepts and quantitative theoretical structures that constitute our contemporary understanding of the physical world
  • problem solving skills, including the mathematical, numerical and computational skills necessary to formulate and solve problems in Physics
  • knowledge and skills in advanced areas of mathematics relevant to a theoretical understanding of the natural world
  • an appreciation of areas of Physics which reflect their special interests and the nature of scientific inquiry, through the study of modules and a final year project linked to the research interests of the School
  • the opportunity to develop independent learning skills and acquire information technology and communication skills, including the presentation of work in both written and spoken form
  • a sound preparation for a professional career in academic or industrial research.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    485 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

You will start the course by gaining a solid grounding in all aspects of physics and mathematics covering a broad range of topics. Core subjects of the programme include quantum theory and quantum field theory, special and general relativity, nuclear and particle physics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, real and complex analysis, vector calculus, differential equations.

You have options that allow you to explore your own interests, but also take some courses in common with students on other physics and mathematical degree programmes.

Specialist topics, from photonics through to the philosophy of modern physics, are drawn from the research interests of the Schools of Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

In your final year, you choose advanced options from a wide range of modules in both physics and mathematics. In addition, you will choose either to extend your understanding of current theoretical physics by carrying out a critical literature review or to gain experience of actual research by undertaking a project. The literature review can deal with leading-edge topics such as string theory or quantum computing. The research project is related to the School’s research interests in theoretical physics, such as liquid state physics, gauge fields, knots and polymers, biological membranes and quantum information.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

For applicants taking A-levels, our typical offer for 2016 entry is AAA, including Physics and Mathematics, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking.In line with the University’s general entrance requirements we also require a minimum of grade C in English at GCSE or equivalent.If your first language is not English, you will need to provide us with evidence of an English language qualification, such as:
  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any one component
  • IBT TOEFL: 87 overall with no less than 20 in listening, 20 in reading, 22 in speaking and 21 in writing
  • GCSE English (Grade C or above)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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