Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: 2 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT) £4,375 (PT)
- £22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 31 July 2015
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 Requirements
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
Select your country:
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.
- 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
- 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
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.
Candidates may be eligible for a Santander scholarship. For further details please visit:
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
- £15,000 (1 year)
- UK students
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
- Variable (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
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
- PhD in Physics, University of Cambridge (2011)
- Software Engineer, NDS (2011)
- Further study - Finance, Thessaloniki University (2010)
- PhD in Space Climate Physics, UCL (2011)
The MSc in 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
"Finding out new things no one ever knew before, and (as a head of department) helping others do the same seems like a good use of time! I do particle physics, which is the study of the fundamental constituents of nature, and how they interact. Understanding nature better is always beneficial in the end, but there are also numerous technological spin-offs too. UCL is amazingly well connected – which given that I spend a lot of time in CERN, Geneva, is very important. Also, having the media and political power centres nearby is very exciting and sometimes useful. "
Professor Jon ButterworthPhysics and Astronomy MPhil/PhD, Physics MSc
Professor of Physics
Application and next steps
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.
- All applicants
- 31 July 2015
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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