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For career paths where a bachelor’s degree is considered insufficient, you can pursue a Master of Science. These programs can cover a variety of subjects and typically take about one to two years to complete.

What is an MSc in Theoretical Physics? Physics is a branch of science related to the natural phenomenon of the universe. While experimental physicists seek to explore natural laws through the scientific method, theoretical physicists attempt to explain them. Advanced mathematical models and abstractions are used to predict and rationalize the forces that govern the universe. Areas of focus typically include analytical physics, nanophysics, and mathematical physics.

In your program, you generally develop strong analytical and critical thinking skills from predicting and observing the results of theoretical models. You also may learn how to communicate advanced mathematics and how the universe works to others. These skills can help make you a stronger job candidate and provide better opportunities.

It can be difficult to attach a specific price to a Master of Science in Theoretical Physics. Most institutions have a cost per unit, but it’s not unheard of to see a flat fee charged for the program. The exact amount typically varies depending on the support costs and prestige of a university.

Typically, most of the jobs available to you are related directly to theoretical physics, such as a research scientist. If you choose a specialization, you may be able to find a job in that sector. A nanophysics focus, for instance, could possibly lead to a career as a nanotechnology specialist. A master’s also makes a useful stepping stone to a doctoral studies program or a job as a science teacher.

Theoretical physics is a relatively common, albeit exclusive, course of study. Typically, even unique program emphases should be open to you. If you already have a busy schedule, part-time study can be a useful option. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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4 Results in Theoretical Physics

University of Amsterdam

Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programm ... [+]

Einstein, Bohr, Feynman, Hawking... Theoretical physics has captured the imagination for many generations. The two-year track Theoretical Physics in the Master’s programme Physics and Astronomy, a joint degree with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers education and training from researchers of one of Europe's leading institutes in this challenging and exciting field. Requiring a high level of conceptual and technical sophistication, it seeks to answer deeply fundamental questions such as: What is matter made of? What is the nature of space and time?

Is Theoretical Physics in Amsterdam the study for me?

If you are fascinated by physics and the laws of science, Theoretical Physics might be the track for you. You will need to have a profound knowledge of the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics, statistical physics, electrodynamics, calculus and linear algebra (a basic knowledge of condensed matter and particle physics is an advantage). Furthermore, you:... [-]

Netherlands Amsterdam
September 2019
Full-time
24 months
Campus
Lund University

In this Master's programme, you can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions within theoretical high energy physics, as well as nuc ... [+]

Do you want to understand the inner workings of nature from a theoretical viewpoint? At the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, together with the Department of Physics in Lund, we offer abroad programme covering a wide range of topics in theoretical and mathematical physics. You can choose from studying the smallest constituents of matter and their interactions with theoretical high energy physics, as well as nuclear and solid state physics within mathematical physics. In all cases, you will get a solid basis of theoretical knowledge needed to develop new models and to better understand how nature works.

As a Master’s student, you will become part of a vibrant research community engaged in cutting-edge theoretical studies. You begin your studies by taking a number of courses, some of them general, some more specialised and you have a lot of freedom to tailor your own studies. The programme concludes with a Master’s project within one of the research groups.... [-]

Sweden Lund
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)

The program aimed at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics, as well as gives the chance to pursue an in-depth study of ... [+]

Overview

The program aimed at giving researchers a grounding in mathematics and deep knowledge of mathematical physics, as well as gives the chance to pursue an in-depth study of the fundamental models of modern theoretical physics. We put emphasis on students' independent scientific study that encourages their rapid fundamental scientific (and thus career) growth.

Modes and duration: 2 years (full-time) Tuition fees: no tuition fees for those who successfully pass the selection Language: English Education

The MSc program is 2 years long: the first year is to strengthen your theoretical background, and the second year is to focus on research. Students have the freedom to choose courses and extracurricular activities to shape their individual trajectory, acquire soft skills, and gain entrepreneurial skills to prepare for job placement.... [-]

Russia Moscow
September 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
University of Turku

The track of theoretical physics is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. The other tracks of the prog ... [+]

masters.utu.fi

UNDERSTANDING THE LAWS OF NATURE FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE TOP!

The track of theoretical physics is one of the four specialization tracks of the master’s degree programme in physical and chemical sciences. The other tracks of the programme are astronomy and space physics, materials chemistry, and materials physics.

The Theoretical Physics track introduces the student to the intriguing diversity of physical theories and gives means to understand the world. Topics from quantum physics to the theories of gravity are incorporated into the track. Problems of fundamental quantum physics, quantum information, quantum field theory and theoretical cosmology are at the heart of the studies in Theoretical Physics.... [-]

Finland Turku
August 2020
Full-time
2 years
Campus