Physics

MSc

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

9 months full-time, 2 years part-time

The MSc programme in Physics 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.

Course structure

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.

Entry Requirements

Academic Entry Requirements

MSc

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

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

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

Further information

There is further information at MSc Physics Prospectus, including:

  • International equivalent qualifications by country
  • English language requirements for international applicants
  • Latest tuition fees

How to Apply

The department is now open for applications for entry in September 2016 and applicants should apply online.

Deadline for applications: 29 July 2016

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

Apply Online

UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences Postgraduate Open Day – 2 December 2015

UCL’s Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day, showcasing ALL of the postgraduate programmes and study options available in the faculty.  This exceptional event allows students to easily compare hundreds of programmes and opportunities from more than 10 different Departments & Research Centres side by side, covering a broad range of science disciplines.

When & where?

The open day is being held from 2-5pm on 2 December 2015, in the Christopher Ingold Building on UCL’s main campus. A parallel event in the Engineering building highlights the postgraduate study options in UCL’s Faculty of Engineering.

For further details, including a full list of participating departments, and to reserve your place, visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mathematical-physical-sciences/open-day