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I have stayed on the campus of UCD while in Ireland, I did not like it at all where as trinity has a very pretty campus.

I have also looked for schools in Ireland but mainly graduate studies. Unfortunately as you said there are not a lot of options once you get more specific about what kind of physics you want to study

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1. In trinity college when you finish your degree you get a BA but in UCD you get a BSc, is there any difference?

2. And general relativity isn't on the course in trinity, does that matter?

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Trinity : http://www.tcd.ie/courses/undergraduate/az/course.php?id=100

UCD : https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/w_sm_web...ode=200700&p_cao_code=DN031&p_major_code=PPS1

From what I can make out UCD's course contents looks better but I lack experience so I'm not sure. Thanks for any help.

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With Theoretical Physics I would have thought that GR would have played a major part. It doesn't really matter though whether it's a BA or BSc and you can pick up extra material as you approach postgrad level.

After my Physics degree I felt that my maths wasn't rigorous enough for postgrad work so I followed it with a Math degree, bit extreme I know but I found it difficult to take in all the math required for physics as it was taught concurrently.

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take heed in Marco9's words. Having the appropriate Math knowledge can make your life so much easier in physics classes, however, I do not mean that trinity's classes are lacking in math rigor. At trinity I would just make sure you take as many math classes as you can.

I know I earlier said that there aren't many choices in Ireland but for a few check out this site. I just uncovered the link from my previous searches for grad schools in Ireland:

http://ireland.iop.org/activity/education/Studying_physics_in_Ireland/page_21376.html [Broken]

Check out NUI-Galway they have a Mathematical Physics Dept. you would certainly be prepared for further studies in theo. physics based on your math knowledge assuming you do well there.

I will be at Mary Immaculate College during spring semester next year just taking huanities classes though I may sit in on an Abstract Algebra Course

I know I earlier said that there aren't many choices in Ireland but for a few check out this site. I just uncovered the link from my previous searches for grad schools in Ireland:

http://ireland.iop.org/activity/education/Studying_physics_in_Ireland/page_21376.html [Broken]

Check out NUI-Galway they have a Mathematical Physics Dept. you would certainly be prepared for further studies in theo. physics based on your math knowledge assuming you do well there.

I will be at Mary Immaculate College during spring semester next year just taking huanities classes though I may sit in on an Abstract Algebra Course

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Second, what topics in maths would be the most important know, and this may be a ridiculous question but would it be too much work to teach yourself the maths required for postgrad work. I'm sure this probably all depends on what you are doing your postgrad on as well. My main interest is that sometime in the future I want to be looking into string theory. What topics in maths will I have to focus on to get there?

Thanks again.

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Analysis, Algebra (including group ring and lie theory here), topology, Differential Geometry, differential forms, + some aspects of mathematical physics like Super Symmetry and QM

now you don't need to know everything about all of those topics however it is just a list of things you may come across in your studies.

As for teaching your self the math for postgrad... it is certainly possible but how likely? that is another question... In my opinion at some point you are going to need teachers and advisers to guide you, especially as the math gets more and more complex

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