Physics (Euromasters) MSc

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Why Surrey?

The MSc Physics Euromasters offers you the flexibility to tailor your studies according to your interests, building on the research strengths of our friendly Department, and the supportive environment that we provide for our students.

We collaborate with a variety of partners across the academic, public and industry communities, including the National Physical Laboratory.

Programme overview

The MSc Physics (Euromasters) is a two year alternative to traditional Masters programmes and combines advanced taught technical content with modules in research skills and public engagement and an extended dissertation project.

You will select modules from a wide range of fundamental and applied physics topics. The application-focused modules are co-taught by practitioners in public service and industry to ensure that students gain real-world insight.

Your chosen research projects can open the door to many careers, not just further research. They will give you tangible experience of working independently and communicating your work effectively and efficiently in written form: key requirements in many professions.

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Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over two academic years. It consists of ten taught modules and a dissertation project. Part-time students study the same content over 4 academic years.

Fees

Please note that fees are payable in both years of study on Euromasters programmes, covering 120 credits for each year. The fees listed on this page are for the first year of study only.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Educational aims of the programme

The primary aim of the programme is to provide a flexible high quality postgraduate level qualification in physics. It integrates the acquisition of core scientific knowledge with the development of key practical skills in the student’s chosen area of specialisation.

In addition the 2nd year of the programme offers the unique opportunity to engage with a 9 month long dissertation project. Students will be embedded as full members in existing research groups in either academia, national or international research organisations or industry, in order to provide an in depth experience of all aspects of a researcher’s work.  primary aim of This in depth dissertation phase the programme is to provide a high quality postgraduate level qualification in Physics that is fully compatible with the spirit and the letter of the Bologna Accord, hence comparable to the majority of European Master programmes.

Programme learning outcomes

  • The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas: Concepts and theories: Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of theories and ideas in a sub-discipline of Physics. They will have insight into current topics and problems of that sub-discipline in a professional and/or academic context

  • Instrumentation and materials: Students will understand the operation, function and performance of key devices and technologies or principles of physics relevant to their chosen specialisation

  • Methods and best practices: Students will become fully acquainted with the scientific methods and best practices of physics and exposed to a specialized field described in the programme handbook

  • Students will be able to carry out a scientific investigation under the guidance and advice of their supervisor. They will acquire, analyse, interpret and draw conclusions from their findings with the appropriate numerical methods and due consideration to uncertainties; they will also be able to critically evaluate the significance of their conclusions, strengths and weaknesses of their study in the context of up-to-date literature relevant to their research topic and present their work in written form to the scientific audience of their speciality in a professional and concise manner

  • Throughout the programme, students will develop the ability to manage their own learning in terms of time management as well as identifying and accessing the resources required for their academic study

  • Students will gain an in depth insight into the everyday operation of the research environment and community, including project planning, review processes, and science communication (including non-specialist audiences)

The different learning outcomes of the MSC Physics (Euromasters) may be summarised as follows:

Subject knowledge and skills

  • A systematic understanding of their chosen area of specialisation in an academic and professional context together with a critical awareness of current problems and / or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by the state of the art
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research project
  • Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of investigative (experimental, theoretical or modelling based) research projects
  • An ability to evaluate and objectively interpret experimental data in their chosen topic of specialisation
  • Familiarity with generic issues in management and safety and their application in a professional context as applicable to the student's chosen area of specialisation

Core academic skills

  • The ability to plan and execute under supervision, an experiment or investigation and to analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions
  • The ability to evaluate the level of uncertainty in results, understand the significance of uncertainty analysis and be able to compare these results with expected outcomes, theoretical predictions and/or with published data, along with the ability to evaluate the significance of results in this context
  • The ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in their chosen discipline of specialisation
  • The ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Personal and key skills

  • The ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, the conclusions of an experiment, investigation or project concisely, accurately and informatively
  • The ability to manage their own learning and to make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources
  • Responsibility for personal and professional development
  • The ability to use external mentors for personal / professional purposes

Knowledge and understanding

  • Knowledge of physics, technology and processes in the subject of the course and the ability to apply these in the context of the course
  • Ability to research problems involving innovative practical or theoretical work
  • Ability to formulate ideas and response to problems, refine or expand knowledge in response to specific ideas or problems and communicate these ideas and responses
  • Ability to evaluate/argue alternative solutions and strategies independently and assess/report on own/others work with justification

Intellectual / cognitive skills

  • The ability to plan and execute, under supervision, an experiment or theoretical investigation, analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions
  • The capability to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results, understand the significance of error analysis and be able to compare their theoretical (experimental) results with expected experimental (theoretical) outcomes, or with published data
  • The ability to evaluate the significance of their results in this context
  • The ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Professional practical skills

  • Technical mastery of the scientific and technical information presented and the ability to interpret this in the professional context
  • Ability to plan projects and research methods in the subject of the course
  • Understand and be able to promote the scientific and legal basis of the field through peer and public communication
  • Able to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, mentors and others

Key / transferable skills

  • Identify, assess and resolve problems arising from material in lectures and during experimental/research activities
  • Make effective use of resources and interaction with others to enhance and motivate self –study
  • Make use of sources of material for development of learning and research; such as journals, books and the internet
  • Take responsibility for personal and professional development
  • Be self-reliant
  • Responsibility for personal and professional development

Global opportunities

We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.

In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.

Learn more about opportunities that might be available for this particular programme by using our student exchanges search tool.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Sep 2017 £5,600 £15,200
Part-time Sep 2017 £2,800 £7,600

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/2018 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

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Programme leader

Dr Annika Lohstroh

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

MSc

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 12 months
  • Part-time: 24 months

Start date:

  • Full-time: Sep 2017
  • Part-time: Sep 2017

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in the physical sciences or in a relevant engineering discipline. Applicants with suitable industrial experience will also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Funding

Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans. Learn more.

 

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Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught Masters programme fees.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,000 - £4,000 for 2017 entry onto the MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

Offer holders for these programmes who are overseas feepayers and achieve either a 2:1 or a 1st class honours degree, or equivalent, are eligible. Those paying UK/EU fees are not eligible.

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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