Hi, I've received offers for both of the above courses and I'm trying to weigh up the pros and cons of both, bearing in mind that whatever I choose will be preparation for a Theoretical Physics PhD in the UK or Europe. I'd just love to spend the year at Cambridge, if only to be able to say I've done it. I also understand that doing this course is the only way I have a shot at doing a PhD at Cambridge, which is the best possible place to do a Theoretical Physics PhD in Europe. But it seems to me that it doesn't really offer the opportunity to do research - only a Part III essay. Since European PhDs, in Germany say, require a lot of research experience at Masters level, will Cambridge Part III be seen as sufficient preparation to apply for a PhD there? Imperial QFFF on the other hand is specifically designed to be an internationally recognized Masters course with 90 ECTS credits and a long research project. The only negatives that I can see are that it won't get me into a Cambridge PhD, and I don't get the Cambridge experience. Does anybody have any advice on which would be the better course to choose? You can assume that cost isn't an issue. Is anybody doing one of these this year?