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Hi, so choosing between these two courses is proving to be very difficult for me.
At A-Level, I'd say I'm better at maths and further maths than I am at physics, but I want to become a theoretical physicist after I graduate. So what would be best for me? To complete a theoretical physics degree (my top Uni choice is Durham), or to do a maths degree, and try and specialise in physics/theoretical physics?
One thing that puts me off theoretical physics is an almost 'lack of maths' so to speak - is there enough maths in a theoretical physics course? I expect there to be, but the course outline doesn't particularly show that there is a lot.
Thanks!
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(Original post by skcihneb)
Hi, so choosing between these two courses is proving to be very difficult for me.
At A-Level, I'd say I'm better at maths and further maths than I am at physics, but I want to become a theoretical physicist after I graduate. So what would be best for me? To complete a theoretical physics degree (my top Uni choice is Durham), or to do a maths degree, and try and specialise in physics/theoretical physics?
One thing that puts me off theoretical physics is an almost 'lack of maths' so to speak - is there enough maths in a theoretical physics course? I expect there to be, but the course outline doesn't particularly show that there is a lot.
Thanks!
Physics at university is very mathsy. If you do physics at uni you will spend far more time per week doing maths than you do during your a levels.


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Hi, so choosing between these two courses is proving to be very difficult for me.
At A-Level, I'd say I'm better at maths and further maths than I am at physics, but I want to become a theoretical physicist after I graduate. So what would be best for me? To complete a theoretical physics degree (my top Uni choice is Durham), or to do a maths degree, and try and specialise in physics/theoretical physics?
One thing that puts me off theoretical physics is an almost 'lack of maths' so to speak - is there enough maths in a theoretical physics course? I expect there to be, but the course outline doesn't particularly show that there is a lot.
Thanks!
It depends on your interests. What do you enjoy in physics and in maths?
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Hi, so choosing between these two courses is proving to be very difficult for me.
At A-Level, I'd say I'm better at maths and further maths than I am at physics, but I want to become a theoretical physicist after I graduate. So what would be best for me? To complete a theoretical physics degree (my top Uni choice is Durham), or to do a maths degree, and try and specialise in physics/theoretical physics?
One thing that puts me off theoretical physics is an almost 'lack of maths' so to speak - is there enough maths in a theoretical physics course? I expect there to be, but the course outline doesn't particularly show that there is a lot.
Thanks!
What might be better would be to study maths and choose a course that offers the chance to specialise in theoretical physics in the later years. Cambridge does this and I'm sure Oxford does as well. KCL offers a lot in the way of theoretical physics options in the third and fourth year of its maths course. Edinburgh offers a course in Mathematical Physics, where you study mostly maths during the first couple of years and you specialise heavily in theoretical physics in the last couple of years. I'm sure there are other universities which offer similar things in the way of maths courses.
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