This degree programme focuses on the theoretical and fundamental aspects of physics, and you will take modules leading to a knowledge of quantum theory and general relativity, essential to understanding the fundamental forces of particle physics and gravity. In your final year you have the opportunity to carry out a research project supervised by staff from the Centre for Research in String Theory Physics is essential to our understanding of how the universe works: from the behaviour of fundamental particles to the movement of the stars and planets. Theory and experiment are vital to developing answers to questions about the universe and the fundamental nature of matter, energy, space and time. Our work covers the full spectrum of scales: particle physics for the smallest particles; nanoscience for creating new small structures; and general relativity for understanding the large scale behaviour of the universe. One theory that physics is lacking, however, is the Grand Unified Theory, and work is on-going to find this one theory that applies to all scales and unifies all the known particles and forces – so there is plenty of work still to be done. The Theoretical Physics programme builds on a strong foundation of core physics and mathematical methods modules towards an introduction to topical areas of research such as quantum field theory and general relativity. Theoretical Physics single honours can be taken as a three year BSc or four year MSci qualification. In the first and second years, the programmes cover topics extending from classical dynamics to quantum physics and special relativity, which are fundamental to our understanding of how the Universe works. In the third year, students learn about advanced mathematical techniques, symmetries and curved space-times. MSci students can then access advanced inter-collegiate courses in their fourth year, including quantum fields and supersymmetry. In their final year, students will have the opportunity to undertake projects in topics at the forefront of theoretical physics research such as string theory, black holes, large extra dimensions and scattering amplitudes.