Our Physics MSc is an interdepartmental course that covers significant research elements of rapidly developing and exciting fields of particle physics and cosmology, experimental biophysics and nanotechnology as well as theory and simulation of condensed matter. This course will equip you with expertise in planning, administration, execution and dissemination of research, and will also provide you with the background knowledge and skills required to become an active scientist.
The Physics MSc is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, the course will take two years to complete: you will study the required modules in the first year, and a further selection of required and optional modules including the research module in your second year.
You will study modules offering group projects, literature reviews and there are opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module, including independent study.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The research project and dissertation will be assessed on an extended piece of writing.