The Department gives MSc students an opportunity to study and perform a research project under the supervision of recognized experts and to acquire specialist knowledge of one or a few topics at the cutting edge of contemporary physics.
The project will be devoted to one of several topical areas of modern physics including high-temperature superconductivity, terahertz semiconductor and superconductor electronics, quantum computing and quantum metamaterials, physics of extreme conditions and astrophysics.
Core study areas currently include mathematical methods for interdisciplinary sciences, research methods in physics, superconductivity and nanoscience and a research project.
Optional study areas currently include characterisation techniques in solid state physics, quantum information, advanced characterisation techniques, quantum computing, and physics of complex systems.
Compulsory Modules: - Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences - Research Methods in Physics - Superconductivity and Nanoscience - Research Project Part 1 - Research Project Part 2
Optional Modules: - Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics - Fundamentals of Quantum Information - Matlab as a Scientific Programming Language - Advanced Characterisation Techniques - Quantum Computing - Physics of Complex systems
Learning and teaching
Knowledge and understanding are acquired through lectures, tutorials, problem classes and guided independent study. Assessment in taught modules is by a combination of examination and coursework. The MSc includes a significant research project completed through guided independent study with a research supervisor.
Careers and further study
The aim of the course is to equip students with key skills they need for employment in industry, public service or academic research.
Why choose physics at Loughborough?
We are a community of approximately 170 undergraduates, 30 postgraduates, 16 full-time academic staff, seven support staff, and several visiting and part-time academic staff.
Our large research student population and wide international links make the Department a great place to work.
- Research Our research strengths are in the areas of condensed matter and materials, with a good balance between theory and experiment. The quality of our researchers is recognised internationally and we publish in highly ranked physics journals; one of our former Visiting Professors, Alexei Abrikosov, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Prize in Physics.
- Career Prospects 100% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. They have gone on to work with companies such as BT, Nikon Metrology, Prysmian Group, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory ISIS and Smart Manufacturing Technology.