Faculty of Science and Engineering

Theoretical Physics

UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F340

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Experimental Skills & Mathematics Skills

  • The Classical World

    This module delivers essential core physics covering two main themes: classical mechanics and optics. You will study Newton's Laws and extend them to simple fluid dynamics, and apply knowledge of optics in different regimes.

  • Calculus

    This module delivers essential core mathematics. You will study, for a function of a single real variable, the limit processes of differentiation and integration, using logic and the language of set theory.

  • Electricity and Magnetism with Computation

  • From the Quantum World to the Macro World – an Introduction to Quantum Physics and the Properties of Matter

    This module presents an integrated view of matter, going from the quantum scale to the macro scale. You will explore how quantum physics can explain the behaviour of atoms, and how the collective behaviour of atoms can in turn explain the macroscopic properties of matter that we see around us.

  • Vector and Linear Algebra

    This module delivers essential core mathematics. You’ll explore the following themes: vectors, matrices, vector spaces, linear equation systems, and dimension.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics and Special Relativity

    This module analyses the equilibrium behaviour of many-body systems from a macroscopic point of view (thermodynamics) and from a microscopic point of view (statistical physics). You'll study the behaviour of systems at significant fractions of the speed of light (special relativity).

  • Intermediate Quantum Mechanics with Advanced Computation

  • Differential Equations

    Explore various solution generating techniques including Wronskian procedures, Laplace transforms and the method of Frobenius, concluding with the more advanced application of Sturm-Liouville theory and a brief introduction to Fourier analysis.

  • Investigative Physics and Mathematics

  • The Physics of Waves and Solid State

  • Functions of a Complex Variable

    You will study differentiation and integration of a complex-valued function of a complex-valued variable. You'll investigate power series expansions about isolated singular points of otherwise analytic functions, with application to the evaluation of improper real integrals.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Advanced Quantum, Nuclear and Particle Physics

    Explore advanced concepts in quantum physics, nuclear and particle physics. What are the key theories and experiments of nuclear and particle physics? How can we apply quantum mechanics to solve problems in nuclear and particle physics? What is a Hilbert space? All of those topics will be covered using a mixture of lectures and workshops.

  • Numerical Modelling and Simulation

  • Matter at Extremes

  • Partial Differential Equations

    You will study methods for solving first- and second-order partial differential equations, mainly for scalar-valued functions of two (or more) variables. You will investigate existence and uniqueness and employ the methods of characteristics, separation of variables, Green's functions and integral theorems.

  • BSc Project

  • Classical and Quantum Mechanics

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More about this course

Whether you wish to explore the world at sub-atomic level or on a cosmological scale, you will study Theoretical Physics at Hull under the guidance of tutors recognised as leaders in their field who are innovative in their approach to teaching. You will work with state-of-the-art facilities using active learning methods, giving you a greater level of engagement and understanding of physics. Your tutors have an international reputation in areas such as quantum information and condensed matter theory, nanophysics, theoretical astrophysics, string theory and cosmology. As a theoretical physicist your mathematical rather than laboratory skills will be enhanced to a high level to give you an in-depth knowledge of your subject matter. This degree has been designed to have a cutting edge curriculum, and is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

At Hull, our hands-on approach to physics ensures our graduates are in high demand across a variety of industries. Many have established successful careers in some of the most successful and well-known laboratories and research facilities, including Jodrell Bank and the National Nuclear Laboratory. You are encouraged to develop your skills to world class level, which can lay the groundwork for further research or PhD study. The-four year Theoretical Physics (MPhys) degree has been designed for those students who wish to develop skills in research and development. Study will be in more depth, and you will use a range of advanced problem solving and research skills.


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Where you'll study

Hull Campus

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Joint 4th in the country for graduate employability in the 2018 Guardian University Guide.

Explore the universe from sub-atomic level to the cosmological under internationally-recognised experts.

Take on the big questions with Viper - the most powerful supercomputer in the north of England.

Our research expertise helps some of our students publish academic papers even before they graduate.

Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Physics graduates from the University of Hull have gone on to find employment in some of the largest companies nationally and internationally, such as Reckitt Benckiser and Atkins Engineering, as well as laboratories at Jodrell Bank, the National Physical Laboratory and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

There are opportunities in medical physics within the NHS, and some graduates enter NHS graduate schemes. There is also great demand for physics teachers, and there are generous scholarships available. Alternatively, some students prefer to continue their studies on MSc and PhD study courses.

Employability is at the heart of our curriculum. You learn valuable communication and presentation skills that have helped our graduates find careers in areas as diverse as oil prospecting, defence, risk management and the Stock Exchange.

You will have access to lifelong careers guidance. The University of Hull’s commitment to employability does not end when you graduate. If you need guidance on your career path, or get to the point when you would like a career change, help and support is always available.