Studying Mathematics and Physics at Queen’s
The School of Mathematics and Physics is based around the three former teaching departments of Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy. Statistics & Operational Research and Theoretical Physics coming within the ambit of Applied Mathematics, but are treated as distinct subjects.
This enables the School to deliver a wide range of degree programmes, offering the opportunity to take a Mathematics degree and specialise in pure or applied mathematics for instance, or to undertake a Physics degree if you enjoy both ideas and experimental work, or a Theoretical Physics degree if you prefer more mathematical and theoretical study. Fully integrated joint degrees in Applied Mathematics and Physics are also offered.
There are also opportunities to take a joint degree in either Mathematics or Physics with Computer Science and both degrees can be taken with Extended Studies in Europe, offering a year studying at a European university.
Most degree pathways within the School offer the choice of either a three-year BSc or four-year MSci. The BSc is the traditional degree, covering a wide range of subjects and offering a sound basis for a future career in many areas (see career opportunities for further information).
The MSci is a more recent introduction by leading UK universities, the fourth year allowing greater breadth and depth of study, with a full-year integrated project offering more training in research methodology. As such it is especially suited to those wishing to pursue a career in research and nearly all of our PhD students will have an MSci. It is, of course, also suited to those wishing to pursue a high-level career in their chosen subject outside academia. Further information on Mathematics degree programmes Further information on Physics degree programmes Applied Mathematics and Physics