Physics MSc

Options: PG Diploma


This MSc provides students with the skills, knowledge and research ability for a career in Physics. The programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for well-qualified postgraduates who will be able to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments in this field.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area, through project work as a member of a research team. The programme provides the professional skills necessary to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Physics & Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for graduate study. The department's participation in many international collaborations means we provide exceptional opportunities to work as part of an international team.

Examples include work at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and at the EISCAT radar instruments in Scandinavia for studying the Earth's upper atmosphere.

For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the HECToR service. In some cases, opportunities exist for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a choice of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a research essay (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • 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

Options

  • Astrophysics MSc Core Courses
  • Space and Climate Science MSc Core Courses
  • Medical Physics MSc Core Courses
  • Intercollegiate 4th year Courses
  • 4th year MSci Physics and Astrophysics Courses
  • 3rd year MSci Physics and Astrophysics Courses
  • Plastic and Molecular (Opto)electronics

Dissertation/report

All students submit a critical research essay and MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical, laboratory and computer-based classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:


Funding

Candidates may be eligible for a Santander scholarship. For further details please visit:

www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/
UK-EU-Master/santander-master/

Scholarships available for this department

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

The Scholarships are awarded to conduct a 10 week research project in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics over the summer vacation period.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

This programme is particularly suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in physics, astronomy, astrophysics or related discipline, who wish to develop a career in physics and related fields. This MSc provides an ideal foundation for further research and entry onto the PhD programme.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Physics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Physics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Career

Physics opens up many avenues to employment through the skills acquired: these embrace problem-solving, the training of a logical and numerate mind, computation skills, modelling and material analysis and the ability to think laterally. These combined with team work, vision and enthusiasm make physics graduates highly desirable members of all dynamic companies.

Physics-established careers embrace a broad band of areas e.g. information technology, engineering, finance, research and development, medicine, nanotechnology and photonics. It is no wonder that employers regard a physics degree as a flexible and highly desirable university training.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Cambridge, PhD in Physics, 2011
  • NDS, Software Engineer, 2011
  • Thessaloniki University, Further Study, Finance, 2010
  • UCL, PhD in Space Climate Physics, 2011

Employability

The MSc Physics will enhance employability of the attendants by providing them with a deep understanding of both basic phenomena underpinning a range of technologies with huge potential for future development (e.g. quantum information), as well as direct knowledge of cutting edge technologies likely to play a major role in short-medium term industrial development while addressing key societal challenges (from energy, to water sanitisation).


Next steps

Contact

Professor Franco Cacialli

Department

Physics and Astronomy

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