Published: 09 July 2019

Scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities for MSc students

If you’re thinking of studying for one of our masters courses in physics, we offer scholarships and other opportunities which can help you financially and enrich your time at Surrey. 

The Department of Physics offers two scholarships for UK residents studying on specific MSc courses, and also runs a Teaching Assistant Scheme – open to all physics masters students – which enables you to earn while you study and gain valuable teaching experience.

The Braithwaite Family Foundation Scholarship for Medical Physics is open to UK students on our MSc Medical Physics and covers the full course fees.

The Nuclear Science Scholarship is for UK students on our MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection and MSc Nuclear Science and Applications courses, and is worth £2,000. Sponsored by an institution related to nuclear security, this scholarship requires students to do their dissertation (worth a third of their overall MSc) on a topic defined by the sponsor, enabling students to address an exciting real world challenge as a central part of their course.

To apply for either scholarship, you need to hold a Second Class degree or higher in physics or a related subject and submit your application by 31 August 2019.

In addition, all physics MSc students can apply for the MSc Teaching Assistant Scheme, enabling you to earn up to £2,000 during your time at Surrey, depending on the number of hours you work.

As an MSc Teaching Assistant you’ll get involved in helping undergraduate students with laboratory supervision, in-class tutorials and computing classes, and can fit the work in around your studies. To become a Teaching Assistant for the next academic year you need to apply by the 9 of September 2019. Applicants are selected according to their suitability and experience, and given full training.

Nikoleta Panagiotidou, who was a Teaching Assistant in 2018-19 while studying for the MSc Medical Physics programme, says:

"My experience as a teaching assistant was very pleasant and I enjoyed it greatly. First of all, the experience of working in an academic environment is very interesting and helps one consider a career as an academic. Also, as I am student from Greece, this position helped me familiarise myself with the language, the education system and all kinds of different equipment. Finally, this position has helped me enrich my CV, not only in terms of teaching experience, but also experience in the laboratories."

Find out more about the Braithwaite Family Foundation Scholarship for Medical Physics, Nuclear Science Scholarship and MSc Teaching Assistant Scheme, including how to apply.

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