48 months
15000 EUR/year
6500 EUR/year
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The structured Theoretical Physics programme from Maynooth University involves substantial original research under the supervision of academic staff in an area of theoretical physics or applied mathematics and the submission of a major thesis containing a significant amount of original matherial and results. 

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The objective of the Theoretical Physics programme from Maynooth University is to provide:

  • A high quality research experience and training
  • Enhanced arrangements for supervision and mentorship
  • Structured arrangements for the development of generic and transferable skills
  • Advanced discipline-specific taught courses
  • Regular monitoring of progress


Theoretical physicists are in high demand in the job market thanks to their skills in numeracy, analytical and abstract thinking and the application of these skills  to solving problems in the real world. 

Graduates of the Theoretical Physics programme from Maynooth University can consider a wide range of careers, including research and teaching in a university, research in a research institute or industrial setting; public sector agencies, the scientific civil service; banking and stock market analysis; business and actuarial work, telecommunications and in all sections of the computer industry.  

They lead and are at the forefront of scientific discovery and in understanding the universe from the microscopic to the macroscopic, the origin of space-time, quarks, black holes and to astrophysical processes on the scale of the entire universe.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Innovation and Research Commercialisation
  • Research Funding Application
  • Groups and Their Representations
  • Differential Geometry
  • Teaching Practice in Mathematical Physics
  • Programming Computational Physics
  • High-Performance Computing
  • Algebraic Topology
  • Professional Certificate in Postgraduate Teaching & Learning: Tutors & Demonstrators
  • Quantum Field Theory 
  • General Relativity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
First Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Candidates for a PhD degree will normally be expected to have a Masters degree or a First Class Honours primary degree in Mathematical/Theoretical Physics or a relevant discipline.
  • Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 EUR per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6500 EUR per year during 48 months.

Part-time EU: 4,330 Euro

Living costs for Maynooth

650 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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