Originally Posted by Aspiring
Hi, just wondering if anybody is doing Theoretical Physics in UCD and could give me an insight into how much maths is involved.
Little bit of info: I'm probably only a B maths student at the moment and I'm doing Applied Maths and honestly I'm struggling but I'm hoping to get on top of it.
I have a keen interest in quantum mechanics and the like and was hoping if somebody could delve into the course a bit and tell me what aspects of quantum mechanics it covers.
Also if anybody is doing it in TCD I'm interested but I visited TCD and honestly didn't have one positive thing to say about it just couldn't see myself studying there.
Anyway, I'm rambling now anybody with info PLEASE PM me, thank you!
Hey, i didn't see any responses to this so i thought i might tell you what i know.
I'm only in 6th year still but i plan on doing Theoretical Physics next year in either TCD or UCD. I've researched the courses quite thoroughly so i know as much about it as you can without actually being a student.
Theoretical Physics is very heavily maths based. In Trinity the course is 2/3 maths and 1/3 physics for the first 2 years, then its 50:50 for the last 2 years. consider it a TSM course with Maths and Physics.
A lot of students drop out of the course and switch to either Maths or Physics. There's something like a 40% drop out rate, one of the highest in Trinity. I've heard the workload is quite large as well, more so than maths or general science.
I don't have as much info on the UCD course as on the Trinity course since its part of the general science program in UCD, but i presume that its very similar as I've been told by a number of reliable sources that a TP grad from UCD would be at the same level as one for TCD. The good thing about UCD though is that if you dont like TP its not a big deal as you have a choice between a range of 6 subjects to study.
In general I'd say you'd have to really like maths to do Theoretical Physics. I love maths, more so than i do physics, so the course is perfect for me in that sense.
Hope this helps. If you want more info on the course you can search it on boards and you can generally find a good few threads about TP students talking about it.