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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.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 August 2015

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.

English language requirement: Standard

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

  • Mathematics for General Relativity
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Particle Physics
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Molecular Physics

Options

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

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.

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/

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Prospective full-time Master's students within the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Science and Mathematical & Physical Sciences.

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current undergraduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who are going into their final year of study.

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

Value:
Variable
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:
Current undergraduate students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy who are going into their final year of study.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

  • 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).

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 87 staff › 20 taught students › 191 research students

Department: Physics and Astronomy

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-08-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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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.

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