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 Bachelors 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

Lower 2nd Class Honours degree, 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. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS: 6.0 (with 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

The course consists of 180 credits, split into 120 credits of taught modules during the autumn and spring semesters and a 60-credit research project that is completed in the summer period. Modules are mainly delivered through lectures and example and/or problem classes. You 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, you will concentrate on an independent research project under the supervision of a member of academic staff, writing a substantial dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 14,420 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,310 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years

Campus details

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

Key information

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