University of Nottingham

University of Nottingham

Gravity, Particles and Fields

The course provides an introduction to the physical principles and mathematical techniques of current research in general relativity, quantum gravity, particle physics, quantum field theory, quantum information theory, cosmology and the early universe. The programme of study includes a taught component of closely-related modules in this popular area of mathematical physics. The course also includes a substantial project that will allow students to develop their interest and expertise in a specific topic at the frontier of current research, and develop their skills in writing a full scientific report. The course will provide training in advanced methods in mathematics and physics which have applications in a wide variety of scientific careers and provide students with enhanced employability compared with undergraduate Bachelor's degrees. In particular, it will provide training appropriate for students preparing to study for a PhD in the research areas listed above. For those currently in employment, the course will provide a route back to academic study.

Entry requirements

2.2 (or international equivalent) in physics, mathematical physics or mathematics. Previous knowledge of mechanics, quantum mechanics, special relativity and methods of mathematical physics (all as taught typically at BSc level 2) is required. English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element).

Course modules

Modules include: advanced gravity; black holes; differential geometry; gravity; gravity, particles and fields dissertation; introduction to quantum information science; modern cosmology; quantum field theory.

Assessment methods

Students will typically be assessed by an examination at the end of the semester in which a given module is taught. However a small proportion of the assessment is by coursework, essay and student presentation. During the summer period, students will concentrate on an independent research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff, writing a substantial dissertation.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,630 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,630 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,630 per Whole course (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,630 per Whole course (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,140 per Whole course (International) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University Park Campus Nottingham NG7 2RJ East Midlands

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