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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Masters in theoretical physics

Masters in theoretical physics

The CTP offers two masters courses in Theoretical Physics.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found at these links:


Undertaking a PhD is hard – you have to be very independent, hardworking and willing to explore the unknown. These skills are hard to hone at the best of times, let alone studying for exams. My MSci gave me these qualities in abundance, this was from well-structured teaching, the ability to collaborate with my peers and the brilliant 1-1 or 2-1 masters projects available. The department encourages exploring problems and giving a wider view of the topic, not just “learn and repeat” style of learning. All members of staff are approachable and encourage questions no matter how silly they may seem. This not only gives you confidence but teaches you the importance of asking for help.
— Abbie Bray

Our Theory MSc teaches the pillars of modern theoretical physics through four exciting taught modules on quantum field theory and a variety of excellent modules on the topics of string theory, general relativity, cosmology, and differential geometry.

We also offer MSc projects on a fantastically wide variety of topics at the forefront of theoretical physics.

CTP members Sanjaye Ramgoolam, Matthew Buican, David Vegh, and Ricardo Monteiro discuss their research and how it relates to the taught modules and projects offered on our Theory MSc course. The director of the program, Rodolfo Russo, gives a general introduction to the program as well.

Sanjaye Ramgoolam: String Theory, AdS/CFT, and Permutations

Matthew Buican: Symmetry and QFT

David Vegh: AdS/CFT and the Black Hole Information Paradox

Ricardo Monteiro: Scattering and the Double Copy

For an introduction to the program, see Rodolfo Russo's video.

After obtaining a BSc from the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL, I was very interested in continuing in physics, but was unsure whether a PhD and research were suited to me. The QMUL Euromasters programme in Physics was the ideal opportunity for me to explore this, where the first year was entirely taught (with the MSc programme allowing for beneficial intercollegiate study at Kings College, UCL and Royal Holloway as well as at QMUL) and the second year was solely dedicated to a year-long research project, which mimicked the first year of a PhD programme. The experience allowed me to extend my learning and then apply this to independent research, which was highly enjoyable, rewarding and sparked a passion for physics research in general.
— Alex Keshavarzi
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