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MSc Physics

Course Description

Our MSc in Physics is a full-time degree which aims to provide comprehensive general, transferable and specialist skills training and hands-on experience. On the course, you will cover theoretical and experimental physics along with advanced areas of application. We encourage you to develop critical awareness of current research problems and new insights at the forefront of physics. We will also discuss the context of the modern physicist and safety, ethical, environmental and social issues in a working environment.

On completing the course, you should possess the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in academic research, physical science industrial practice, research and development, or in other highly-skilled numerate careers.

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

(Student Profile)

Cameron Mills

1129.jpg The major learning outcome from the course for me was appreciation of incremental achievement, as week in week out we had to produce lab diaries and updates of an ongoing process where often, if you didn't stop to think about it, it would seem that nothing had been achieved. I found the exercise increased my confidence and crucially has instilled a self-sustaining motivation to keep making small steps towards goals rather than relying on the sprint finish. Furthermore the feedback we had every week meant that we were constantly given the chance to improve, and I found this to be a far more valuable learning experience than anything I had during my undergraduate degree.


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - 2 Awards

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information



School of Physics and Astronomy scholarship - 2 Awards

The awards are available for students on either the MSc Physics or MSc Astrophysics programme, to a value of £3875 and will be allocated on a competitive basis. This award can be used in conjunction with other funding sources, including the Master’s Excellence Scholarship awards offered by Cardiff University and UK government postgraduate loan scheme. The awards are non-transferable and may be withdrawn at any time.
Students can receive only one award.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Applicants must hold a 2:1 UK Bachelor degree (or direct equivalent) in a relevant subject (typically Physics, Astrophysics or Physics with Astronomy schemes from accredited institutions).
Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of mathematical, physical and computational ability. Please contact our course co-ordinator Nicola Hunt or by telephone on +44 (0)29 2087 6457 or email to [email protected] to check your eligibility before you apply.

Application Procedure

Consideration is automatic on applying for MSc Physics or MSc Astrophysics, with a start date of September 2016 via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for School Funding.
The deadline for applications is 27 July 2016.
Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information


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