The University of Nottingham
Gravity, Particles and Fields MSc MSc
The University of Nottingham

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This masters will prepare you for a variety of research-based careers in mathematical physics. Perhaps you are fascinated by how black holes behave. Or, maybe you are keen to take your understanding of gravitation and quantum theory to the next level. During this MSc you will focus on taught modules to take your knowledge and understanding in these topics to an advanced level.

Core modules will cover topics such as black holes, modern cosmology and quantum field theory. Time will be spent studying advanced concepts in gravity - this is a particular research-strength here at Nottingham.

You'll also develop valuable transferable skills for your career including:

  • logical reasoning and analysis

  • communicating with clarity

  • presenting your work

Teaching is provided by expert researchers from both the Schools of Physics and Astronomy and Mathematical Sciences. You will learn through a combination of lectures, problem classes and your own independent study.

A course highlight for many students involves conducting a research project in the area of gravity, particles and fields. This can be based on a theoretical investigation, a review of research literature or a mixture of both. You will be supported by our academic staff and our world-leading research groups throughout your project.

The project will help improve your employability and develop your research skills. If you are considering a research-based career, the dissertation provides valuable skills in analysis and the evaluation of mathematical theorems. On graduation, many graduates go on to study for a PhD. Others pursue careers in engineering, industry and technology.

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.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Gravity, Particles and Fields MSc, MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

At least a second class honours (2:1) BSc degree (or equivalent from other countries) in Physics, Mathematical Physics or Mathematics, or joint degrees containing substantial elements of 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. IELTS: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element)


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About The University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham is a government funded research university based in Nottingham, England. Their aim is to become global leaders in education and research, cultivating a culture of curiosity and ambition. The university’s main campus is located approximately half an hour’s bus ride away from Nottingham city centre, which gives students the peace and quiet they need to study while not removing them completely from metropolitan comforts.

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