About this course
Mathematics is the fundamental language of physics. Physics uses maths to make predictions, and many mathematical areas have been developed to solve physical problems. This degree explores mathematical topics and how they appear throughout theoretical physics. You'll study particle physics, astrophysics and quantum field theory. You’ll graduate with technical skills sought by employers across science, industry and research.
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'
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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