Why choose this course

Physics is simply the study of nature. It aspires to give us answers to the questions that cry out for explanation. Our MSc in Physics will allow you to explore and expand our understanding of the world, equipping you to address the challenges that our society faces.

Our Department of Physics is home to inspirational research activity and excellent teaching. Our research spans the breadth of modern physics and is supported by advanced facilities.

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

What you will study

Our MSc in Physics is a flexible course, allowing you to tailor your studies by selecting 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. Furthermore, an 11-week project will give you the opportunity to apply your new knowledge and skills to a project relevant to pioneering research.

Our MSc in Physics 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.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Placement Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months October 2019
MSc Part-time 24 months October 2019

Location:

Stag Hill

Study and work abroad

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Programme leader

LOHSTROH A Dr (Physics)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

You will cover four modules per semester if you study this course full time. If you’re studying part time, you’ll normally complete two modules per semester. The dissertation topics you can choose from are usually allocated towards the end of the Spring Semester. You will carry out your work for your dissertation during the summer period. If you’re part time, you can expect to do this project over the course of the summer in your second year.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

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

Year 1 (full-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 4 optional modules in Semester 1 and 4 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

Students carry out the 60 credit dissertation in the summer.
Hence the total credits for the programme are 180.

Year 1 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 2 optional modules in Semester 1 and 2 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules over the whole programme may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

This should add up to 60 credits.

Year 2 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 2 optional modules in Semester 1 and 2 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules over the whole programme may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

The 60 credit dissertation module is carried out in the summer. Hence the total credits for year 2 are 120.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Electronic Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

View entry requirements by country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date Placement UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time October 2019 £10,000 £20,400
Part-time October 2019 £5,000 £10,200

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

There may be associated costs with this programme:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount - Potentially travel costs for the dissertation which may be reimbursable.

Grand total: Unable to specify amount.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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