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    Physics MSci
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    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths BSc
    7.41%
    Theoretical Physics/ Phys & Maths MSci
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    (Original post by Fred Cantoni)
    People applying to Cambridge: are you going to apply for mathematics with physics or PhysNatSci? And why? I just can't seem to make a decision!


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    This thread might help :
    http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=1636828

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    Oh thanks, it's very helpful!


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    Hi, as someone who has been through the undergraduate system and now completing a PhD I would recommend that you look into the fields of research done at the respective universities. Do not get sucked in by tables ranking universities as these are normally constructed from the number of citations papers get at that respective university. I know it is really difficult to pick a field that you are particularly interested in at 18, but it will really help you if you know roughly what type of physics you wish to pursue. I say this as you may find that some universities do not offer courses in later years for research you want to do. Alternatively, what can happen is the quality of teaching drops as someone who is not so confident with the subject will teach it. For example, if you are interested in String Theory say, then very few universities in the country really research this field. It is a good idea to see if at least 4 people are working on the field at the university you apply for. Otherwise, if you wish to continue your studies beyond undergraduate you will find it difficult to get a PhD position in that field given your lack of experience. Also, I would note that it is much harder to get a position in theoretical research due to the fact that there is less funding in this field. Hopefully some of this will help you guys and I will be happy to answer questions if you have any. I also would be happy to recommend books at a suitable level that you could start reading in preparation for your physics degree.
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    (Original post by WishingChaff)
    Hi, as someone who has been through the undergraduate system and now completing a PhD I would recommend that you look into the fields of research done at the respective universities. Do not get sucked in by tables ranking universities as these are normally constructed from the number of citations papers get at that respective university. I know it is really difficult to pick a field that you are particularly interested in at 18, but it will really help you if you know roughly what type of physics you wish to pursue. I say this as you may find that some universities do not offer courses in later years for research you want to do. Alternatively, what can happen is the quality of teaching drops as someone who is not so confident with the subject will teach it. For example, if you are interested in String Theory say, then very few universities in the country really research this field. It is a good idea to see if at least 4 people are working on the field at the university you apply for. Otherwise, if you wish to continue your studies beyond undergraduate you will find it difficult to get a PhD position in that field given your lack of experience. Also, I would note that it is much harder to get a position in theoretical research due to the fact that there is less funding in this field. Hopefully some of this will help you guys and I will be happy to answer questions if you have any. I also would be happy to recommend books at a suitable level that you could start reading in preparation for your physics degree.
    Very good advice! A researcher at Bristol said the same thing to me, for example Bath is very highly ranked but it's astro and particle research is virtually non existent
    Any universities you would recommend for astro and particle?

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    The astro side I do not know so well but again it helps to be specific. e.g. star formation is a big research field and my be all a astro group pursues.

    For particle physics I know a lot more about. Are you interested in particle theory or experiment? Particle theory tends to be one of the most popular fields of physics in which people apply for and sometimes quantum gravity falls under this name (which is my research). The big particle theory universities that I know (in UK) are:

    Oxford
    Cambridge
    Imperial
    Kings
    Queen Mary
    Edinburgh
    Nottingham
    Durham (I believe this is the biggest group)
    York (This one is rather small but still exists also, I believe it is York university who are working on the fusion reactor. So if you are interested in nuclear fusion research this is a good place)
    Liverpool

    For particle experimental research you tend to want to go to the places that are paired up with CERN. The ones I know of are (including the ones above):

    Manchester
    Bristol
    Birmingham
    Sussex
    Warwick

    Of the top of my head that is the best I can do. I may have missed some so I apologise in that case. Again, in the theory list I included quantum gravity as well which also contains string theory.


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    Very good advice! A researcher at Bristol said the same thing to me, for example Bath is very highly ranked but it's astro and particle research is virtually non existent
    Any universities you would recommend for astro and particle?

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    Thanks! Really fancying Bristol at the moment, seems like they research everything interesting

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Eventually doing a PHD and going into research is looking a likely outcome of the degree at the moment and the MSci suits that, many unis say if you're not sure whether to do bachelor's or masters take the masters so I'm gonna go for a 4 year slog
    \( ̄<  ̄)>

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    Any idea what you want your PhD to be related to?
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    (Original post by JackRowbotham)
    Any idea what you want your PhD to be related to?
    Now that's a tough question!
    Ask me after my 3rd year haha
    I've always liked Astrophysics but some of the research looks a bit boring, just like surveying etc.
    Particle Physics is another option but experimental or theoretical who knows!
    Would love to work on trying to find out about dark matter.
    There's just a part of me that doubts whether I'm a good enough mathematician to go into theoretical research...
    Time will tell!

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    Hertfordshire

    Physics, Maths, [Biology (D) - did it last year] and Business - I predict:
    MathsA BusA PhysB/C at AS and a2 hopefully A* A A*

    Interested in everything? Specifically cosmology and fusion.

    Nottingham
    Liverpool
    Surrey
    Qmul (Unsure)
    Don't know where else?

    Straight Physics/Theoretical Msci.
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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Hertfordshire

    Physics, Maths, [Biology (D) - did it last year] and Business - I predict:
    MathsA BusA PhysB/C at AS and a2 hopefully A* A A*

    Interested in everything? Specifically cosmology and fusion.

    Nottingham
    Liverpool
    Surrey
    Qmul
    Cambridge

    Straight Physics/Theoretical Msci.
    Fusion really interests me too!
    Shame it's not a very common research field in Universities

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Fusion really interests me too!
    Shame it's not a very common research field in Universities

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    Awesome! Is it not? I think it is but it's so specialised/technical that it's based outside of universities in special labs like JET (I think York are planning their own one) and it's a field with a lot of collaboration between institutes. Don't forget a lot of research that benefits fusion gets done under other categories - like solar or plasma research? But then that's prevalent for much of science.
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    (Original post by Ki Yung Na)
    Awesome! Is it not? I think it is but it's so specialised/technical that it's based outside of universities in special labs like JET (I think York are planning their own one) and it's a field with a lot of collaboration between institutes. Don't forget a lot of research that benefits fusion gets done under other categories - like solar or plasma research? But then that's prevalent for much of science.
    That's true! I'll have to look out for opportunities during the my degree and try and do the plasma modules

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    -Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    -physics (of course) xD maths chemistry AS biology and AS further maths. Predicted A* A* A A A
    -particle physics and relatively and quantum
    -oxford Durham Surrey Lancaster and Edinburgh
    -PURE PHYSICS <3


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    (Original post by fatherdougal)
    -Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    -physics (of course) xD maths chemistry AS biology and AS further maths. Predicted A* A* A A A
    -particle physics and relatively and quantum
    -oxford Durham Surrey Lancaster and Edinburgh
    -PURE PHYSICS <3


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    Hey!
    Why Surrey University? Just curious, they were a very friendly department but wasn't impressed by their research areas, shame

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    Hey!
    Why Surrey University? Just curious, they were a very friendly department but wasn't impressed by their research areas, shame

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    I'm impressed with their course structure and the career prospects appeal to me. But I know what you mean. I must say my options aren't my final choices planning to still do some refinement to it


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    (Original post by fatherdougal)
    I'm impressed with their course structure and the career prospects appeal to me. But I know what you mean. I must say my options aren't my final choices planning to still do some refinement to it


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    You're basically guaranteed a job if you go there, career prospects are that good!

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    hi people applying for a deferred entry this september

    - from london
    - AS levels maths, further maths, physics and french (grades A*AAB?)
    -quantum physics, fusion, fission, solar physics :gah:
    - birmingham, lancaster, southampton and royal holloway :love::ahee:
    - particle physics
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    (Original post by Infinity_4652)
    hi people applying for a deferred entry this september

    - AS levels maths, further maths, french and physics (grades A*AAB?)
    -quantum physics, fusion, fission, solar physics :gah:
    -birmingham, lancaster, southampton and royal holloway :love::ahee:
    - particle physics
    French!? 😨
    At the end of French GCSE I was like
    NA 😊🔫

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    (Original post by DanRigg96#)
    French!?
    At the end of French GCSE I was like
    NA

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    i totally love the language which is why i want to self study, but not do A2 french

    i'm really interested in going to CERN, so my french would come in quite useful
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    (Original post by Infinity_4652)
    i totally love the language which is why i want to self study, but not do A2 french

    i'm really interested in going to CERN, so my french would come in quite useful
    Now that's clever

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