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    I am most interested in Theoretical, but should I apply for a straight physics degree or Theoretical?
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    (Original post by ScienceGeek1878)
    I am most interested in Theoretical, but should I apply for a straight physics degree or Theoretical?
    I've just applied to universities for various physics courses, theoretical physics where it is offered. I'd look at the course structure of where you want to apply to because for some you do the same modules for both until 3rd year and then for theoretical do more maths based modules.

    I haven't studied either of these courses, but when looking at them online theoretical courses are more maths based with less experimental work which is the sort of thing that you might prefer.

    Overall I think that it varies between different universities, but check the course structure of each to see what the difference actually is between the two.
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    (Original post by ScienceGeek1878)
    I am most interested in Theoretical, but should I apply for a straight physics degree or Theoretical?
    Do you already have an undergraduate degree?
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    (Original post by alow)
    Do you already have an undergraduate degree?
    No, sorry I wasn't clear. I meant an integrated 4 years masters course.
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    It doesn't matter too much. Universities usually let you switch between strands in the first two years. As AHappyStudent said, theoretical physics just has more maths modules in the later stages. If you do straight physics, you can pick these modules anyway if you want.
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    (Original post by ScienceGeek1878)
    I am most interested in Theoretical, but should I apply for a straight physics degree or Theoretical?
    The previous commenters on the thread are pretty spot-on with saying that Theoretical will be much more math-intensive in the later years than a straight Physics degree, and in saying that most Unis are presumably quite happy with you switching between the two strands.

    If you want to be absolutely sure about your ability to switch, I would recommend emailing the Uni in question where you're torn.

    In general, I do usually advise people who have asked me this that Theoretical Physics is quite different at the Uni level from levels below it. If you're truly passionate about it though, and are willing to work extremely hard, go for it! Be aware that employers may be a bit intimated in future by the title compared to just Physics--so be sure to emphasize learning skills like programming whilst on the course, and do a few summer placements if possible!

    If you have any further questions about what it's like to study physics, do let me know!
 
 
 
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