Why choose this course

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

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 workplace-relevant 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 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.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

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.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to work in a range of sectors on an international scale, including the nuclear and medical sectors and higher education.

Previous graduates have gone on to work for employers such as the NHS, CERN, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and Diamond Microwave Devices Ltd., UK Atomic Energy Agency. Employers in the education sector include University College London, the University of Nottingham, the University of Umm Al-Qura and Sultan Quaboos University.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to fostering the next generation of physicists in an environment that is diverse and inclusive, ensuring equal opportunities for all, independent of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics. 

We are a member of the Institute of Physics’ equality and diversity initiative, Project Juno. This scheme rewards physics departments for promoting gender equality in physics, and we have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) programme with the goal of growing the diversity of our student body and ensuring a welcoming environment for everyone.

Programme leader

REGAN Patrick (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 (PDF) 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 study four 15-credit modules per semester if you join 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.

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. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:

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.

PGCert Physics: 60 module credits, a minimum of 45 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level6 . Students can only be awarded a PGCert in Physics exit award if they have achieved the credits for at least one of the following modules: PHYM036, PHYM054, PHY3054, PHYM041, PHYM044, PHYM052, PHYM053, PHYM021)
PGDip Physics: 120 module credits, a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7, and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.
MSc Physics: 180 credits a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.

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.

PGCert Physics: 60 module credits, a minimum of 45 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level6 . Students can only be awarded a PGCert in Physics exit award if they have achieved the credits for at least one of the following modules: PHYM036, PHYM054, PHY3054, PHYM041, PHYM044, PHYM052, PHYM053, PHYM021)
PGDip Physics: 120 module credits, a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7, and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.
MSc Physics: 180 credits a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.

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.

PGCert Physics: 60 module credits, a minimum of 45 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level6 . Students can only be awarded a PGCert in Physics exit award if they have achieved the credits for at least one of the following modules: PHYM036, PHYM054, PHY3054, PHYM041, PHYM044, PHYM052, PHYM053, PHYM021)
PGDip Physics: 120 module credits, a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7, and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.
MSc Physics: 180 credits a minimum of 90 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and the remainder at FHEQ Level 6.

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). Due the large flexibility of the course, we cannot guarantee that every module combination will be available without timetable clashes. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service 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.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service 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.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further 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.

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

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time

UK/EU £5,200

Overseas £10,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

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.

Funding

Funding opportunities are also available for MSc Students with the Higher Education Sponsorship Scheme by the Society for Radiological Protection.

How to apply

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

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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