Theoretical Physics (Hons), Bachelor | University of York | York, United Kingdom
48 months
26800 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
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The Theoretical Physics (Hons) course at the University of York provides the tools for constructing the mathematical framework of the physical world.

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On a foundation of advanced physics, you'll build your understanding of theoretical techniques. You'll use mathematical analysis and an array of computational methods to address complex problems. You'll learn key skills of analysis and research, write scientific reports to industry standards, and simulate huge physical systems using our supercomputers.

Work with world-renowned physicists using sophisticated equipment to probe the nature of existence and push the boundaries of research. You will learn to utilise supercomputers like York's own Viking cluster, developing parallel code to model complex physical systems.

Careers and skills

Graduates of the Theoretical Physics (Hons) course at the University of York  are sought by employers in a huge range of disciplines. The skills you will learn - analysis, mathematics, problem-solving - are relevant in industries from finance to software development. All of this is supported by the York-led White Rose Industrial Physics Academy; a dedicated resource to facilitate collaboration between students and industry. Alternatively, many of our graduates progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities. 

We're committed to supporting our students' career development and employability - it's embedded in our core teaching. We organise activities from careers fairs to leadership building exercises to ensure you're prepared to enter the jobs market with a competitive edge.

Companies that York physics graduates have gone on to work for include: BAE Systems, E.ON, De Vere, The Home Office, Jaguar Land Rover, John Lewis, the Science and Technology Council, and Virgin Money.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are working as:

  • accelerator physicist
  • engineer
  • scientist
  • financial coordinator
  • IT analyst and consultant
  • teacher
  • electrical engineer
  • environmental modeller
  • accountant

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computational and Mathematical Techniques for Theoretical Physics 
  • Computational Laboratory 
  • Electromagnetism and Optics 
  • Mathematics
  • Quantum Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Solid State 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


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480 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

A levels

  • AAA including Physics and Maths. This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered). 

Cambridge Pre-U

  • D3, D3, D3 including Physics and Maths

European Baccalaureate

  • 85% overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths

International Baccalaureate

  • 36 points overall, including 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

International foundation programme

  • Foundation Certificate from our International Pathway College or an appropriate alternative.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26800 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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