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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Physics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    09 July 2018

Course content

The MSc in Data-Intensive Physics has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in a range of areas including academic research in physics as well as technical, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields.

Overview

The MSc in Data Intensive Physics has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in a range of areas including academic research as well technical, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields. By combining data analysis and computational techniques with a core science discipline, the course is intended to satisfy the increasing demand for well-qualified postgraduates who are equipped with the expertise to respond to a range of challenges arising from this exciting field.

The course is delivered by members of our Data Innovation Research Institute, which was recently established to conduct research into the aspects of managing, analysing and interpreting massive volumes of textual and numerical information.

A key component of the course is a 3 month summer project, which will be based either in our School of Physics and Astronomy, or with one or more of our external partners. The project will focus on the application of modern data science methodologies to a problem in physics (such as photonics, biophotonics, nanoscience, materials physics, medical physics, or other areas of theoretical or computational physics), providing the hands-on experience needed to succeed in the dynamic field of Data Intensive Physics as well as wider aspects of data science. 

Distinctive features

  • Central to the design of the course is the opportunity for you to acquire real research experience in connection with world-leading scientists, greatly enhancing your CV and prospects for employment or further study.
  • As well as providing a solid core in all the necessary elements of Data Science, the programme allows a choice of elective modules and project work that can be tailored to suit whatever specialism you are interested in, whether that be gravitational waves, star or galaxy formation or cosmology.
  • You’ll join a well-established and growing cohort of MSc students and be based in a dedicated teaching facility that encourage a “research group” community atmosphere that has been praised by students and external examiners. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with students on related courses such as our MSc Data Science and Analytics.
  • As a successful graduate of this course you will be ideally placed to take advantage of the growing employment opportunities being generated by the demands of “Big Data”.

Learning and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical computer sessions.

Lectures can take a variety of forms depending on the subject material being taught. Generally, lectures are used to convey concepts, contextualise research activities in the School and to demonstrate key theoretical, conceptual and mathematical methods. Lectures will always be kept up-to-date, with the specialist modules providing access to cutting-edge concepts and methods.

In tutorials and seminars you’ll have the opportunity to discuss and reflect upon particular physical, mathematical, coding / practical or specialist concepts, to consolidate and get feedback on your individual learning and to develop skills in oral presentation. Communication skills are developed in tutorials, where you will make individual contributions to group study, for example by summarising and critiquing a recent research article for the group

You will practise and develop critique, reflective, analytical and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities such as research group meetings, School seminar discussions and in open group discussions. At all times you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learned and how it can be combined with other techniques and concepts to tackle novel problems.

In the practical computing sessions you will put the breadth of your knowledge and skills to use, whether that be using your coding skills to automate a laboratory experiment, designing components for a large piece of equipment or troubleshooting research hardware. The emphasis on the MSc Data Intensive Physics is on those particular skills which will be of use in a research environment and hence highly sought-after by employers.

Career prospects

Typically, an MSc degree in Data Intensive Physics will open up opportunities in the following areas:

  • Theoretical, experimental and computational doctoral research;
  • Numerate, technical, research, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields;
  • Physics, mathematics and general science education.

Visit the Data Intensive Physics - MSc page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

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