Physics

MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) 9 months full-time, 2 years part-time

Laser in one of the AMOPP laboratories

The MSc programmes in Physics and Astrophysics aims to provide students with a sound knowledge of the underlying principles which form a thorough basis for careers in these and related fields, enable students to develop insights into the techniques used in current projects and allow an in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area. In addition they are meant to develop the professional skills for students to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life, and give students the experience of teamwork, a chance to develop presentation skills and learn to work to deadlines.

The Physics MSc programmes include a number of lecture courses both relevant to the discipline and forward-looking with respect to recent developments and state-of-the-art achievements.  Fundamental courses such as Advanced Quantum Theory or Particle/Atom/Photon Physics are just offered together with courses in Quantum Computation and Communication or Plastic and Molecular Electronics. Flexibility is built into the Programme so that courses can also be taken on topics removed from the immediate subject among those available within a wide range of options.

A research topic is included so that 50% of the marks are made up by completing an individual task. These are built around cutting-edge topics from the Department's research programme. The supervisor will provide a topic in which the student has a real chance to make a contribution to the research. In Physics in recent years, this has meant, for example, time resolved spectroscopy of electronic excitations in supramolecularly engineered organic semiconductors,  Design of optical cavities for laser cooling experiments, work function tuning of electrodes for plastic electronics, Coherent X-ray diffraction imaging of nanocrystals, computer simulations of electron transfer reactions and hopping, spectra of triterated ions of hydrogen.

These projects give a real feel for what it is like to do postgraduate research, or work in a project team in an advanced industry.

Please note that at present there is no funding available for overseas students undertaking this course.

MSc (180 credits)

Core Modules 

Options 

Research Essay

Research Dissertation

4 courses must be chosen (60 credits) 2 courses must be chosen (30 credits) (30 credits)
(60 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Particle Physics
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Mathematics for General Relativity
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
  • Molecular Physics





An extended literature survey on a topic related to your research project.

An independent research project based in one of the Departmental research groups, culminating in a
dissertation and oral presentation.

PgDip (120 credits)

Core Modules

Options

Research Essay

4 courses must be chosen (60 credits) 2 courses must be chosen (30 credits) (30 credits)
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Particle Physics
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Mathematics for General Relativity
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
  • Molecular Physics
An extended literature survey on a topic related to your research project.

MSc:

A minimum of a 2:1 Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline (normally Physics or Electrical Engineering only) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

PgDip:

A minimum of a 2:2 Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

Non-UK university degrees:

For prospective entrants with non-UK university degrees, entry criteria will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Non native-English speakers will also need to provide a sufficient proof of proficiency in the English language as from the UCL admissions website (see notes for international applicants).

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

Further details can be found at

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application/research/english-language

Applications

Can be made online or by downloading a form in pdf format at

www.ucl.ac.uk/admission/graduate-study/application-admission/

Deadline

2 August

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines

Postal Address

MSc Programme Tutor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University College London
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom