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    Full time available

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    2 years Full-time

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  • Last Updated

    31 January 2019

This programme benefits from teaching across the universities of the South East Phsyics Network (SEPnet), with a strong emphasis on research-based learning. Delivered accross two academic years with an extended project in the second year, this programme provides excellent training in higher level academic research. 

You will deepen your understanding of a chosen branch of contemporary physics or astrophysics, chosing a speciality from a wide variety of themes at the forefront of both fundamental and applied physics research. The programme consists of taught modules and an in-depth research project, leaving you well prepared for further doctoral-level study and research. There are two pathways in the programme: Physics and Astrophysics.

This programme will:

  • enable you to develop skills transferable to a wide range of other careers
  • allow you to gain a deep understanding of your chosen area through the combination of advanced taught programmes and an extended research project
  • provide excelent training in research skills
  • enable extended contact between you and your academic porject supervisor
  • give you the option to study at other South East Physics Network (SEPnet) universities
  • provide 120 ECTS credits, which will allow you to enter doctoral level programmes in other EU countries.


The Euromaster's MSc is available in two pathways, Physics and Astrophysics. The structure of the two programmes is outlined below. The programme is delivered over two academic years, with a substantial research project completed in the second year. Students choosing to leave the programme after Year One may be awarded the PGDip Physics (Euromaster's).

Astrophysics pathway

Year One

Taught modules (worth Queen Mary 15 credits each) to a total of 120 Queen Mary credits. Details about the MSc Astrophysics modules are listed on the Astronomy taught modules page.

Modules from the above list may be, exceptionally, substituted with suitable level 7 modules from the School of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Physics and Astronomy or the intercollegiate programme, at the discretion of the Programme Tutor.

Year Two

A total of 120 Queen Mary credits comprising:

SPA7021 ¿Research Methods for Physics EuroMasters (30 credits)

SPA7014 Physics (Euromasters) Project (90 credits)

Physics pathway

Year One

An agreed combination of taught modules (worth Queen Mary 15 credits each) to a total of 120 Queen Mary credits. A complete list of modules available to students can be found in the intercollegiate programme module directory. 

Modules listed in the directory may be, exceptionally, substituted with suitable level 7 modules from the School of Mathematical Sciences or School of Physics and Astronomy, at the discretion of the Programme Tutor.

Year Two

The second year of the EuroMasters (Physics pathway) involves a year-long research project within one of the school's research groups, counting for 120 Queen Mary credits.

A total of 120 Queen Mary credits comprising:

PHY7021 Advanced Research Methods (30 credits)

PHY7014 Physics (Euromasters) Project (90 credits)

On your application form for the course you should indicate which subject area you are interested in studying and we will put you in contact with a member of that research group to decide the precise project topic before you arrive. There are three main research areas, organised into Centres:

The Particle Physics Research Centre

The Centre for Research in String Theory

The Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.

It may also be possible to spend the second year in a research laboratory such as CERN or RAL.

Learning and teaching

The majority of the MSc is delivered through lectures. As a member of a small student cohort you will also have ample access to the academic staff responsible for delivering the lecture courses during their scheduled office hours.

You will have 3 hours of lectures per module and normally four taught modeuls per semester. You will also be expected to undertake a large amount of personal study, reading widely around your subject. 

Additional support is provided by your allocated academic adviser and the supervisor for your research project.


The majority of taught modules are assessed by a final examination (typically 90% of the final mark) and by coursework (typically 10% of the final mark), although individual module mark schemes may vary from this.

The compulsory MSc Physics (Euromasters) project is assessed by the final written report (60% of the final mark), a student presentation and oral examination (30% of the final mark) and performance during the project (10% of the final mark).


You will also be assessed on a research project (as above).


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £6,650

Part-time study is not available for this course

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £13,150

Part-time study is not available for this course


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Graduate employment

Postgraduates from the Queen Mary School of Physics and Astronomy go on to work in a variety of careers, such as risk analysis, science communication and academia, whilst others pursue their interest in physics and astronomy by undertaking a PhD.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:                 

  • Campaign Analyst - Financial Times
  • Risk Analyst - Equifax
  • Science Communicator - Royal Observatory 
  • Lecturer in Mathematics - King’s College London

Visit the MSc Physics (Euromasters) page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!





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