The formal aim of the MSc in Physics is: "To provide a high quality education in Physics which prepares students for research in an academic environment, national research laboratories or industry."
Knowledge and Understanding of:
1. The fundamental laws and principles of a variety of areas of physics; along with their application (some at the forefront of the discipline);
2. Research skills training which might include: advanced laboratory techniques, numerical techniques, computer algebra, computer interfacing;
3. How to use advanced mathematical tools to describe the physical world;
4. How to research and provide lucid summation of the scientific literature in a given topic of study;
5. How to plan, execute and report the results of an extended experimental or theoretical physics based project in a research environment.
The 12-month full-time programme consists of lecture courses and project work. This followed by a three-month supervised project in a specialist area, drawn from the wide range of research activity carried out within the Department or at an external research laboratory or company.
You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.
You choose optional modules from a list of specialised lecture courses at Level 4 from the MSci course or one of the Department’s Master’s courses. You may include one Level 3 course in your choice.
The course structure of the stream in shock physics is the same as the above, except you replace three of your optional modules with compulsory modules in shock physics and your literature review and extended research project will be undertaken with the Institute of Shock Physics.
Please note: modules are subject to change.
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.
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):