# Mathematical Physics

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We offer two courses in Mathematical Physics at Nottingham, a 4-year MSci course ( F325) and a 3-year BSc course ( F326). The prospectus pages give information about these courses, such as the typical modules you would take in each year. However, we often get asked questions about these courses and their relation to our other courses which this page aims to address.

## What exactly is Mathematical Physics?

## Why Mathematical Physics and not Joint Honours Maths and Physics?

## What is the difference between Mathematical Physics and Physics with Theoretical Physics?

## Is it harder taking Mathematical Physics than just Maths or just Physics?

## Does Mathematical Physics involve more contact hours than just Physics or just Mathematics?

## Can I transfer to another course?

Any student who feels in the first couple of weeks of their first year that they have made the wrong choice may be able to change course if they have met the appropriate admissions criteria for the course they wish to transfer to and if there is space available on that course. Note however that Mathematical Physics has been full for the last few years so transfer to Mathematical Physics has not been possible once A level results (or equivalent) have been confirmed. After this, transfer from Mathematical Physics to single honours Mathematics ( G100/ G103), single-honours Physics ( F300/ F303) or Physics with Theoretical Physics ( F344/ F340) will be possible at the end of the first year (subject to satisfactory performance in the appropriate subject and to space requirements). Note that it is not possible to transfer in to Mathematical Physics from either Physics or Mathematics as you would not have covered the relevant core from the other subject so would not be qualified to take the core second-year modules.

Students transferring to Physics / Physics with Theoretical Physics will be required to do F32ETI (Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation) in year 2, as they will not have taken the first-year laboratory module. It is not possible to transfer to Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics ( F345/ F346) as there are not enough credits available to do the necessary theoretical and astronomy modules along with the required laboratory module.

Transfer between the BSc and MSci courses is possible up to the end of the second year, or even in the third year for students who have taken the modules required for the MSci course. To transfer to the MSci you must meet a minimum level of performance in year 2. MSci students not meeting the appropriate threshold at the end of year 2 will be automatically transferred to the BSc.

## What Options can I do?

## Must I do the same number of credits in Physics and Maths?

## Can I get involved with Research?

## Will I restrict my options for a PhD by doing Mathematical Physics?

If you have any further questions about our Mathematical Physics courses, please get in touch with the Mathematical Physics Admissions Tutor, Janette Dunn (email: Janette.dunn@nottingham.ac.uk, tel: 0115 951 5135).