Physics MSc

You will study 180 credits in total during your Physics MSc. A standard module is typically worth 15 credits and the research project is worth 60 credits. These are the modules studied in 2019. If you are starting in September 2020, these will give you are flavour of the modules you are likely to study. All Modules are subject to change.

Compulsory modules

MSc Project - 75 credits

Creating a plan for research work with a supervisor working as part of an effective team to produce results.

Advanced Literature Review - 15 credits

Detailing an advanced review of the research literature and write a comprehensive report.

Current Research Topics in Physics - 15 credits

Appreciate the frontiers of knowledge and understanding in these areas and discuss at an appropriate level some current significant results in different areas of Physics.

Optional modules

Star and Planet Formation - 15 credits 

Stars form via the collapse of large clouds of gas and dust in the interstellar medium.  Students will learn how state-of-the-art observations and theory show that the formation of stars and planets involves the interplay of two of the fundamental forces of nature: gravity and electromagnetism.

Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals - 15 credits 

How can something flow like a liquid yet have the anisotropic properties of a crystal? In this module, you will learn about the physics of these soft matter materials that have helped to create the internet age through their use in phone and computer displays.

Quantum Information Science and Technology - 15 credits

Students will be introduced to key concepts in information theory and familiarise themselves with the new and emerging field of quantum computing. A background in computing is not required and there are no prerequisites for this course, although an understanding of matrix algebra would be useful.  

Superconductivity - 15 credits

The properties of superconductors, superconducting junctions and contacts are explained using phenomenological and fundamental theories. Undergraduate quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and electromagnetism are prerequisites. Cutting-edge research is discussed in the 2nd semester.

The full list of optional modules can be read in the course catalogue.