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Theoretical Physics

B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8) ; 4 years full-time ; 40 places ; CAO points: 531 (2018) ; CAO code: TR035

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Non-EU Applicants

  • Theoretical Physics 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

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    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1949


    +353 1 896 2019

    kod@maths.tcd.ie


    dowlingu@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.maths.tcd.ie  |  www.tcd.ie/Physics

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    What is Theoretical Physics?

    Theoretical Physics explores the natural world at its most fundamental level, using mathematical theories guided by experimental investigation. For some it is the foundation for an academic career in mathematics or physics. For others it provides the basis for many career options in industry, medicine, law, finance and computing. Trinity provides a course which ranges widely across physics and mathematics. Its graduates are in demand for their technical skills and versatility. through a mixture of laboratory reports, presentations and end-of-semester exams.

     

     

    First and Second Years

     

    Third Year

    Fourth Year

    Maths

    • Algebra
    • Analysis
    • Mechanics
    • Equations of Mathematical Physics

     

    • Classical Field Theory and

    Electrodynamics

    • Quantum Mechanics
    • Statistical Physics

     

    • Quantum Field Theory
    • Differential Geometry
    • General Relativity
    • Partial Differential Equations

    Other mathematical modules and a project option are available

    each year

     

    Physics

    The teaching of physics is divided into two modules (each of 10

    credits) in each of the first two years and 5 credit lecture and 10

    credit practical/project modules in the third and fourth years.

     

    Topics in classical and modern

    physics include:

    Waves and Optics, Special

    Relativity, Astronomy and

    Astrophysics, Quantum Physics,

    Nuclear Physics, Electromagnetic

    Interactions, Chaos and

    Complexity and Statistics.

    Students also take laboratory

    classes, small group tutorials

    and group study projects.

     

    • Atomic and Nuclear Physics
    • Condensed Matter Physics I

    and II

    • Astrophysics or Computer

    Simulation

    • Students also take a laboratory class and workshops to develop

    communication skills.

     

    • Condensed Matter Theory
    • Electron and Photon Physics
    • High Energy Physics

    Optional courses are in:

    • Nanoscience
    • Advanced Topics such as Green’s Functions in Physics
    • Cosmology
    • Computer Simulation

    Students undertake a computational physics Capstone project and tutorials to develop problem solving abilities.

     

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Many of our graduates proceed to PhD degrees in leading institutions throughout the world (such as Cambridge University, Harvard, and Imperial College London) in mathematics and experimental physics as well as theoretical physics. Alternatively, as this degree provides graduates with a strong foundation in highly complex problem solving skills as well as logical and abstract thinking, a world of possibilities beckons. The broad scientific background and skills that the course develops are in great demand by employers in diverse areas, including actuarial science, patent law, journalism, weather forecasting, telecommunications, medical physics, information technology, scientific computing and teaching.

    Your degree and what you’ll study

    The course combines much of the mathematics and physics curricula, including several modules specifically designed with the Theoretical Physics programme in mind. The final year includes a Capstone project which is carried out working closely with individual faculty members to develop an original piece of research.

    Study abroad

    Theoretical Physics students can spend up to a year, usually the third year, of their studies at a university abroad, either in Europe via Erasmus exchanges or further afield via a considerable number of bilateral agreements between Trinity and universities ranging from the Australian National University to the University of California and New York University in the United States.

    What our graduates say

    Manya Sahni

    “I chose Theoretical Physics in Trinity because I wanted the best possible understanding I could get in university about the laws that govern our universe. I loved solving problems. If you go through the definitions and practice using the theorems, it all comes together in this magical moment and, suddenly, you find you know how to solve a problem. It is the most challenging and rewarding thing I have done in my life. It is worth all the work I put in to now have an idea of how black holes work. I would like to pursue a masters or a PhD in particle physics or quantum gravity. Theoretical Physics has given me the problem-solving and analytical skills to research these topics.”

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A. Honors Bachelor Degree (NFQ Level 8)

    CAO Points Required

    531 (2018)

    Number of Places

    40

    CAO code (Central Applications Office code) is

    TR035

    Minimum entry points required are 531 (2018)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

    For general admission requirements please click here

    Leaving Certificate H3 In mathematics and physics

    Advanced GCE (A-Level) Grade B In mathematics and physics

    Course Fees

    Click here for a full list of undergraduate fees.

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • Theoretical Physics 4 years full-timeClosing Date: 30/JUN/2020
  • Advanced Entry Applications

    Read the information about how to apply for Advanced Entry, then select the link below to apply.

    Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1949


    +353 1 896 2019

    kod@maths.tcd.ie


    dowlingu@tcd.ie

    Website

    www.maths.tcd.ie  |  www.tcd.ie/Physics