The course

UCAS code
F340
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

  • Contact

    Dr David Townsend

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 451 3794

  • Email

    physics@hw.ac.uk

Overview

This Mathematical Physics degree will give you a solid understanding in both mathematics and physics. The course offers a wide range of mathematical and physics topics, and also gives you the option to transfer between Mathematics and Physics at an early stage. Our Mathematical Physics degree will also give you an extensive range of computer modelling skills.

Accreditation

This integrated masters in Mathematical Physics course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist..

Student experience

“My projects in Physics were a fantastic motivation and gave me the opportunity to see cutting edge research. This helped me shape my future decisions; to return to Physics at Heriot Watt for research studies.”

Niclas Westerberg (Mathematical Physics 2011-2014). Niclas is currently working towards a PhD in the ExtremeLight Laser laboratory in Physics at Heriot-Watt University).

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as: calculus, differential equations, classical mechanics and classical fields.

Year 2

Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as analysis and statistical mechanics. There will also be courses in experimental and computing techniques.

Year 3

Involves core mathematics and physics and includes topics such as: advanced differential equations, solid state and quantum physics. Practical work introduces an emphasis on mathematical modelling of systems.

Year 4

Advanced-level topics are introduced such as Optimisation; Partial Differential Equations and Quantum Mechanics. Project work is designed to take advantage of additional mathematical and modelling skills developed in earlier years of study.

Year 5

Includes advanced physics and advanced mathematics courses such as Mathematical Biology and Medicine or PDE Numerical Analysis. A major part of the year is the research project, in which the student is attached to a University research group and is enabled to perform original work on their own or as an integral part of the research team. Typically projects will be set to exploit student skills in mathematical subjects.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MPhys Mathematical Physics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 14% are working
  • 67% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 50% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Engineering professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Secretarial and related occupations
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Customer service occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB or ABBBB with A in Maths or Physics
  • A-Levels ABB with A in Maths or Physics
  • HNC B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
  • Additional information Entry normally to include Physics and Mathematics Highers or A-Levels at A or B and for Chemical Physics B in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Year 2

  • A-Levels AAB with A in Maths and Physics
  • Advanced Highers BB in Maths and Physics plus Highers
  • HNC A in graded unit. Relevant HNC - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • HND BB in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with BB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • A range of alternative qualifications may be accepted including good qualifications in non-scientific subjects. We will also consider mature applicants with appropriate work experience. Advanced qualifications should be in Physics and Mathematics.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £17,440

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.

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