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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 8.59k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Foreign: $ 22.9k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1028pts.
  • Duration:
  • 2 years

    Please ensure that you make your application for these courses as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding, and preferably by 30 July (overseas/EU applicants) or 1 September (UK applicants) to avoid disappointment.

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    The course is open to both physicists and students from mathematics, chemistry or engineering disciplines provided they have a sufficiently strong physics background.
    The Department has also introduced a new, two-year MSc in Physics with Extended Research. Tailored to very able BSc students who wish to broaden their knowledge of Physics, the courses will prepare students for PhD level research or a career in an industrial or national research laboratory environment.

    The MSc in Physics with Extended Research shares the same course as the 12-month programme, except that the project is undertaken over nine months in the second academic year. 

    The MSc in Physics with Extended Research shares the same course as the 12 month programme, except that the project is undertaken over 9 months in the second academic year.  


    Compulsory modules

    • Mathematical techniques
    • Advanced classical physics (unless you have covered the material in your previous degree in which case another optional module may be chosen)

    Project work

    • Research skills training – a series of practical work and computer based classes
    • Self-study project – a literature based project on a topic in physics
    • Literature review and project plan
    • Supervised research project which runs over nine months in the second academic year

    You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.

    Optional modules

    You also have a choice of optional modules, which currently includes:

    • Advanced particle physics
    • Astrophysics
    • Atmospheric physics
    • Biophysics of nerve cells and networks
    • Computational physics
    • Cosmology
    • Device physics
    • Dynamical systems and chaos
    • Foundations of quantum mechanics
    • General relativity
    • Group theory
    • Instrumentation
    • Lasers, optics and holography
    • Laser technology
    • Medical MRI and ultrasound
    • Optical communications physics
    • Plasma physics
    • Quantum theory of matter
    • Quantum field theory
    • Quantum optics
    • Space physics
    • Statistical mechanics
    • Unification


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    The minimum qualification for admission is normally a First Class Honours degree in Physics from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification. Applicants with degrees in other scientific disciplines (e.g. Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics) may be considered if the degree has significant physics content and a strong mathematical underpinning. The applicant must also meet the College’s English language requirements. Upon receipt into the Department, all new applications are considered by a meeting of the academic staff charged with reviewing the applications, which includes the Director of the MSc Physics programme. Usually one member of staff will review the application in detail and the applicant will be discussed at the next meeting. In many cases, further information may be sought (from referees, for example). Applicants close to College may be invited for an interview, and telephone interviews may be used for applicants further away. The meeting decides whether to offer the candidate a place on the course and the conditions to be met by the candidate, e.g. successful completion of a BSc course at a suitably high level.

    A Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma are not available on this programme.

    Tuition fees (2015–2016):

    • Home/EU Full-time — £6,750 per year
    • Overseas Full-time — £18,000 per year
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