Physics with Theoretical Physics
  • Undergraduate
  • MSci

Physics with Theoretical Physics

Develop your appreciation of theoretical physics in this professionally accredited integrated Master’s course.

Develop your appreciation of theoretical physics in this professionally accredited course

Engage with mathematical methods and their application in relation to theoretical physics

Complete a substantial project exploring a topic area of your choice during your final year

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSci

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code


  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    7 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • A*A*A (A-level)

  • 40 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Investigate how the principles and laws of physics underpin most science and engineering disciplines on this four-year course.

You'll develop your appreciation of physics, mathematics, computational and experimental methods over the first three years of study.

You'll then complete an additional year of Master's level study. During your final year, you'll apply your expertise to a substantial project exploring a given theoretical physics topic in depth.

Problems in physics can relate to phenomena on gigantic scales such as the cosmos, minutely small ones, and virtually any other scale in between.

This course will enhance your problem-solving skills and is particularly suited to those with a specific interest in mathematics and its application in physics.

You'll be situated in a department at the forefront of research, with teaching guided by world-leading researchers with a high level of expertise in their specific field.

You'll explore a range of topics including electromagnetism, relativity and quantum physics, and improve your mathematical skills on dedicated modules.

The third and fourth years offer you greater flexibility to specialise across a variety of optional modules, enabling you to take advantage of the department's diverse research specialisms.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study these core modules.

Core modules

You’ll take the following core modules.

You’ll also choose one I-Explore module, and one optional module.


Core modules

Optional modules

You'll study all core modules and choose one of the project modules.

You will also choose four or five optional modules. Most of these will be theoretical optional modules.

Core modules

Project modules

Optional modules

Theoretical optional modules

You'll study all core modules.

You will also choose four or five optional modules. Most of these will be theoretical optional modules.


Core modules

Optional modules

Theoretical optional modules

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

With a professionally accredited degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. Professional accreditation also provides international recognition of your qualifications, which you can use to launch a career abroad.

Our MSci Physics courses also fully satisfy the academic requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Physicist (CPhys). This is a highly respected qualification earned by professionals working in physics, and can help you to enhance your career prospects and earning potential.

Our accreditation agreement with the Institute of Physics is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement was recently renewed through 2027.


In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) upon completion of this course. This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning


  • Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
  • Independent study
  • Research project

Years 1 & 2

  • 50% Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
  • 50% Independent study
  • 0% Research project

Year 3

  • 17% Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
  • 83% Independent study
  • 0% Research project

Year 4

  • 8% Lectures, tutorials and laboratory work
  • 52% Independent study
  • 40% Research project

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Laboratory classes
  • Computing labs
  • Person giving feedback
    Office hours
  • Individual research project
    Project work
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • A person studying independently
    Independent learning

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Practical
  • Written examination

Year 1

  • 25% Coursework
  • 15% Practical
  • 60% Written examination

Year 2

  • 20% Coursework
  • 10% Practical
  • 70% Written examination

Year 3

  • 15% Coursework
  • 5% Practical
  • 80% Written examination

Year 4

  • 35% Coursework
  • 15% Practical
  • 50% Written examination

Assessment methods

  • Computing reports and laboratory reports
  • Mastery tests
  • Oral presentations and assessments
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Project reports
  • Progress tests and quizzes
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Papers from a written report
    Written problems

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Applications open on 14 May 2024

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £41,650 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Improve your career prospects by developing a broad range of professional skills.

Graduate Cap above rolled Degree

Approximately half of Imperial students also pursue MSc or PhD degrees.

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Many Imperial graduates move into traditional technical jobs because of their analytical and problem-solving skills.

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Oil and gas, telecommunications, business consultancy, banking, and finance are among them.

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Other potential career prospects include the civil service, cyber risk modelling, the energy industry, and the automotive industry.


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