Theoretical Physics MPhys

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F344
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : AAB / IB : 35 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Physics and Mathematics degrees are highly prized and our graduates have excellent career opportunities in industrial research and development, computing, business, finance and teaching. We offer one three-year BSc degree and two four-year degrees, MMath or MPhys, combining these two intimately related disciplines. These programmes provide a strong mathematical training, and mathematical techniques help you to deal with new ideas that often seem counterintuitive, such as string theory, black holes, superconductors and chaos theory.

Programme in detail

In Year One you will take three core mathematics modules, a module in Dynamic modelling, and four physics modules. After passing the first year, you have the flexibility of transferring to Mathematics or Physics if you wish, subject to approval.

Year abroad

This degree programme now has a Year Abroad option (Theoretical Physics with a Year Abroad MPhys, UCAS code: F345). The Year Abroad is an incredible new opportunity to spend one academic year at one our partner universities expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You’ll spend this time abroad in between your second and third years of study and your degree will extend by one year.

During the Year Abroad you’ll take a variety of modules. Some modules will be related to the culture, history and society of the country you’re living and others will be discipline-related modules. This mixture means you have a fantastic opportunity to learn in-depth about your host country as well as learn new and exciting knowledge that will complement your degree studies back in Liverpool. Research from Universities UK tells us that students who spend time studying abroad during their degree programme are more likely to be in further education or employment 6 months after graduating, earn higher than average salaries and are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree.

Take a look at the Study Abroad webpages for more information.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

187 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

96% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2016/17)

Why this subject?

Take the first steps towards a brilliant career

Employers tell us that, alongside key problem solving skills, they want strong communication skills and the ability to work in a team, so we have ensured that these are integral to our mathematics programmes. As a result, we have an excellent graduate employment record. About a third of graduates become business and finance professionals; but there is a whole host of other careers which our graduates have found success in such as management training, information technology, further education or training (including teacher training), scientific research and development, and many more.

Shape your own degree from our wide range of study options

Our modules range from financial mathematics to fluid mechanics, from chaos to combinatorics. Students have the opportunity to study a broad range of topics or specialise in areas of interest. You can also benefit from the flexibility of our programmes and the ability to transfer between degrees during Year One.

Fulfil your potential in a supported environment

Our students benefit from the peer-assisted study scheme, where Year Two and upwards students assist first years with maths problems, as well as small first-year tutorial groups, a Department common room and a lively maths society help to foster a friendly and supportive environment. We are also proud of our record on teaching quality, with five members of the Department having received the prestigious Sir Alastair Pilkington Award for Teaching, the University’s top accolade for teaching quality.

Put maths into practice through our innovative outreach programme

We encourage all our students to get involved in our extensive outreach programme with schools in the Merseyside area and beyond. This is a particularly valuable experience for those interested in a career in teaching, but for all students it is a brilliant opportunity to build transferable skills. Activities include visits to a local school to help out with an interactive learning session, or giving a presentation at the University’s Maths Club. Further details can be found at mathsoutreach.com.