Masters degrees in Chemical Physics involve advanced study of electrons, nuclei, atoms and molecules, and how they interact with their environment. As you’d expect, these courses combine approaches from Chemistry and Physics.
Related subjects include Nanoscience and Applied Measurement Science, while entry requirements usually include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Physics, Chemistry or Mathematics.
Chemical physicists probe the structure and nature of all kinds of matter, both on the molecular and the atomic scale. This includes examining the dynamics of ions and polymers, and the quantum mechanics of chemical reactions.
Courses in this field build your understanding of inter- and intra-molecular energy flow, hydrogen bonding and electron transfer, helping you to investigate a range of organic and inorganic substances. By determining the processes of the formation and deformation of chemical bonds, you’ll be equipped to analyse broader phenomena. These could range from neurological processes in human and animal bodies, through to the formation of nanoparticles to create surface coatings.
Chemical physicists may apply their expertise across a range of sectors, developing treatments and drugs in the pharmaceutical industries, or designing endurance vehicles and technology in the aerospace and civil engineering industries.