Integrated Masters Degree in Mathematical Physics

University of Southampton
4 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Integrated Masters Degree in Mathematical Physics

This course is run by the School of Mathematical Sciences. It's taught jointly by Mathematical Sciences and Physics and Astronomy, through the STAG (Southampton, Theory, Astronomy and Gravitation) research centre. STAG is a leader in the latest research in theoretical particle physics, astronomy, general relativity and string theory.

The mathematical part of this course begins with the fundamental areas of calculus, linear algebra, vector calculus and partial differential equations.

The physics part includes the key ideas of relativity, cosmology and astrophysics, applications of laser technology, atomic and particle physics, and optoelectronics.

As part of this course you’ll:

  • identify the key areas of physics theory relevant to a given problem
  • construct mathematical models for physical situations
  • choose to specialise in areas such as particle physics, astrophysics or condensed matter
  • use our student centre, a dedicated learning and social space for maths students
  • use mathematical and computational packages such as Python and the statistics package 'R'

Admission requirements


AAA or AABB including Mathematics (minimum grade A) and Physics (minimum grade A)

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including in Higher Level and 6 points at Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (preferred mathematics module)


  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AA from two A levels including Mathematics and Physics (minimum grade A)
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Calculus
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Matter
  • First Year Mathematics Workshop
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Linear Algebra II
  • Motion and Relativity
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Physics Skills 1
  • Physics Skills 2
  • TT Induction
  • Waves, Light and Quanta

Year 2

  • Analysis
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Vector Calculus and Complex Variable
  • Wave Physics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Electromagnetism
  • Fields and Fluids

Year 3

  • Mathematics Project

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Partial Differential Equations
  • Atomic Physics
  • Complex Analysis
  • Crystalline Solids
  • Integral Transform Methods
  • Light and Matter
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Mathematical Investigation and Communication
  • Nuclei and Particles
  • Numerical Methods
  • Relativity, Black Holes and Cosmology
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Theories of Matter, Space and Time

Year 4

  • MMath Project

You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:

  • Advanced General Relativity
  • Advanced Partial Differential Equations
  • Advanced Quantum Physics
  • Coherent Light, Coherent Matter
  • Computer Techniques in Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Differential Geometry and Lie Groups
  • Gravitational Waves
  • Modelling with Differential Equations
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics of the Early Universe
  • Structure and Dynamics of Networks

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year
  • EU and international students: £18,520 per year


  • Final award: Master of Mathematics (Honours) (MMath)
  • Name of award: Mathematical Physics
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Bachelor of Science (Ordinary)
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 7

Career paths

Maths and physics both place an emphasis on problem-solving, analytical argument and other transferable skills that will qualify you to work in a range of industries.

Employability is an essential part of our maths courses, ensuring you are equipped for a successful postgraduate career or further study.

Our mathematical physics degree graduates have gone on to work as:

  • actuaries
  • economists
  • statisticians
  • programmers
  • software developers
  • accountants
  • business analysts
  • financial analysts
  • financial managers

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