Master of Science by Coursework in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

1. The Examination in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board.

2. The Divisional Board of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course a supervisory committee, which shall have the power to approve lectures and other instruction. The committee shall appoint a Director of Studies who will be responsible for ensuring that the programme is set up and the decisions of the committee are carried out.

3. The subject of the MSc of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall be Mathematical and Theoretical Physics and related subjects.

4. In the following ‘the Course Handbook’ refers to the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Handbook and supplements to this published by the Joint Supervisory Committee for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

5. Each candidate shall follow a course of study in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics for at least three terms.

6. Candidates will complete and be assessed on the following parts:

(i) Candidates will offer a minimum of 10 units for examination but may offer further units if they wish, subject to the guidance in the Course Handbook. One unit corresponds to a 16 hour lecture course.

(ii) At least four units will be assessed by written, invigilated examinations which will take place. Examination details will be published in the Course Handbook.

(iii) Candidates may offer a dissertation which may count as one or two units. The dissertation will follow the guidelines and procedures of the Part C Mathematics course outlined in the Special Regulations for the Honour School of Mathematics.

(iv) The other units will be assessed by marked course work, takehome papers or miniprojects. The Course Handbook will specify which units will be assessed by each method mentioned above and sets out the rules governing submission of coursework. In addition, for certain courses, an electronic copy may be required. Details of the courses to which this applies, and instructions for the online submission process will be included in the Notice to Candidates that applies to the candidates of the MSc of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

(v) Candidates will be required to attend an oral examination at the end of the course of studies.


7. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

8. A candidate who fails to satisfy the Examiners may retake the examination on at most one subsequent occasion, not later than one year after the initial attempt. In such a case the examiners will specify at the time of failure which components of the examination may or must be redone.

9. Syllabus and examination details will be published each year in the Course Handbook and on the course web pages by the beginning of the Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination.