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    08 April 2019

Our Advanced Physics MSc programme aims to equip you with key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research.

Reflecting the research strengths and specialisms of Loughborough's Department of Physics, the Advanced Physics MSc programme combines compulsory modules in superconductivity and nanoscience with options that include quantum computing and solid state physics.

The aim of the Advanced Physics MSc is to equip you with key skills needed for employment in industry, public service or academic research. You will explore very diverse modules which will allow you to apply and communicate your knowledge of Materials Science via the development of an individual project essay, in which you will consider a particular aspect of physics and gain experience in conducting a piece of original applied research.

Your research 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, and physics of extreme conditions.

We are consistently rated as a top 30 UK science department in national league tables. 70% of our staff research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Experimental facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. Our departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

What you'll study


  • Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences (15 credits)
  • Superconductivity and Nanoscience (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Physics (15 credits)
  • Research Project (90 credits)


  • Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Information (15 credits)
  • MATLAB as a Scientific Programming Language (15 credits)
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques (15 credits)
  • Quantum Computing (15 credits)
  • Physics of Complex Systems (15 credits)

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Department of Physics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles.

Graduate destinations

Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls Royce and Intelligent Energy in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level.

Your personal development

Our Advanced Physics MSc programme aims to help you develop the following advanced skills:

  • problem solving
  • experimental, mathematical or computational techniques
  • scientific report writing and presentation skills
  • obtaining and understanding information from the scientific literature
  • the collection and analysis of data or the development of theoretical models.

We aim to provide an environment that gives students opportunities to develop their own interests, self-reliance and career aspirations.

Visit the Advanced Physics MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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