Theoretical Physics is one of the degree subjects available through the Physics stream in the common entry Science course. Students study similar modules for all degree subjects in the Physics stream in first year and will study modules for a minimum of two degree subjects in second year. At the end of second year, students choose their degree major. Assuming students meet all the academic requirements in first and second year, students are guaranteed a degree subject from the stream they are studying in second year. We do our best to ensure that students go on to study their top degree subject choice. As we offer plenty of degree subjects in each stream, students have a number of similar degree subjects to choose from as their degree major. For more information on choosing a degree major at the end of Second Year, visit the Physics stream page.

This is a sample set of modules that a Theoretical Physics student could study each year in UCD.

**First Year**

Scientific Enquiry • Introduction to Applied & Computational Mathematics • Calculus in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences • Frontiers of Physics • Foundations of Physics • Astronomy & Space Science • Fields, Waves and Light • Optional Modules • Elective Module

**Second Year**

Computational Science • Classical Mechanics • Calculus of Several Variables • Introductory Quantum Mechanics • Oscillations & Waves • Vector Calculus • Methods for Physicists • Electronics & Devices • + modules for 1 other Science Subject • Elective Modules

**Third Year**

Advanced Theoretical Physics Laboratory • Classical Mechanics+Relativity • Quantum Mechanics • Electromagnetism • Optics & Lasers • Complex Analysis • Option Modules • Elective modules Physics offers summer research experience to undergraduates

**Fourth Year**

Research Project • Applied Quantum Mechanics • Advanced Mathematical Methods • High Energy Particle Physics • Nuclear Physics • General Relativity & Cosmology • Computational Biophysics • Quantum Field Theory • Option modules

**Timetables & Assessment**

Each student will have their own timetable based on their individual module selection. This is a full-time course and classes may include lectures, practicals and tutorials, depending on the subjects. Students will also be expected to study independently (autonomous student learning). Assessment varies with each module but may comprise continuous assessment of practicals, written exams and online learning activities.