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First post here, so if there's already a thread about this please be so kind as to link me.

I'm definitely applying for Maths, but would like to do a lot of Theoretical Physics on the course (I'm much more of an applied than a pure maths person). I've been to a Cambridge open day and talked to their profs about this, and their course offers lots of options for doing things like this, so it's my first choice and I think I've got an OK chance of getting a potentially achievable (ie 1,1 STEP) offer (predicteds 4xA* in Maths, Further Maths, Chem and Phys), but Cambridge is infamously hard to get into so I'd like to have some other options in the event that I don't make it.

Also more generally, if you're studying Maths at Uni, what sort of level of choosing between pure and applied can you do in the second year and beyond? (and ofc where are you studying?)

Thanks.
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(Original post by _capatult)
First post here, so if there's already a thread about this please be so kind as to link me.

I'm definitely applying for Maths, but would like to do a lot of Theoretical Physics on the course (I'm much more of an applied than a pure maths person). I've been to a Cambridge open day and talked to their profs about this, and their course offers lots of options for doing things like this, so it's my first choice and I think I've got an OK chance of getting a potentially achievable (ie 1,1 STEP) offer (predicteds 4xA* in Maths, Further Maths, Chem and Phys), but Cambridge is infamously hard to get into so I'd like to have some other options in the event that I don't make it.

Also more generally, if you're studying Maths at Uni, what sort of level of choosing between pure and applied can you do in the second year and beyond? (and ofc where are you studying?)

Thanks.
KCL offers a lot of theoretical physics options during 3rd/4th year of their maths course: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergrad...tics-msci.aspx

While you seem clear that you want to apply for maths, if you think you might want to go into theoretical physics research a joint honours might suit you better. Theoretical physics relies on a solid understanding on the fundamentals of the subject (i.e. statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, special relativity, electrodynamics, particle and nuclear physics, QM, thermodynamics, classical mechanics etc.) which very few maths courses will offer a grounding in.

If you just want to take some theoretical physics courses to indulge an interest then most places will allow you to take outside courses from other departments if your schedule allows it, particularly if the fields are closely related. This might be the best thing to consider. Here at Edinburgh University the maths course doesn't include much in the way of theoretical physics (apart from one GR course) but the physics department runs loads of theoretical courses which I assume maths students are allowed to take if the course organiser feels they'll cope.
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DAMTP (Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics) at Cambridge is about as good as it gets.
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