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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Materials Science

    Physics

  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    12 months full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    glasgow.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/physicsadvancedmaterials/#

  • Last Updated

    16 January 2018

Course content

The Masters in Physics: Advanced Materials provides an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to global interdisciplinary challenges in the area of advanced materials and at a level appropriate for a professional physicist.

Why this programme

  • The School of Physics & Astronomy hosts the Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre, which houses state-of-the-art instrumentation for studying materials at the nanoscale or below.
  • Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow is ranked 3rd in Scotland (Complete University Guide 2017).
  • With a 93% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016, Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow continues to meet student expectations combining both teaching excellence and a supportive learning environment.
  • You will gain the theoretical, experimental and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve a range of advanced physics problems relevant to the theme of this global challenge, providing an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadership in academia or industry.
  • You will develop transferable skills that will improve your career prospects, such as project management, team-working, advanced data analysis, problem-solving, critical evaluation of scientific literature, advanced laboratory and computing skills, and how to effectively communicate with different audiences.
  • You will benefit from direct contact with our group of international experts who will teach you cutting-edge physics and supervise your projects.
  • This programme has a September and January intake*.

*For suitably qualified candidates

Programme structure

Modes of delivery of the MSc in Physics: Advanced Materials include lectures, seminars and tutorials and allow students the opportunity to take part in lab, project and team work.

The programme draws upon a wide range of advanced Masters-level courses. You will have the flexibility to tailor your choice of optional lecture courses and project work to a wide variety of specific research topics and their applications in the area of advanced materials.

Core courses include

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Nano and atomic scale imaging
  • Research skills
  • Solid state physics
  • Extended project.

Optional courses include

  • Detection and analysis of ionising radiation
  • Detectors and imaging 
  • Environmental radioactivity
  • Nuclear power reactors
  • Semiconductor physics
  • Statistical mechanics.

Career prospects

Career opportunities in academic research, based in universities, research institutes, observatories and laboratory facilities; industrial research in a wide range of fields including energy and the environmental sector, IT and semiconductors, optics and lasers, materials science, telecommunications, engineering; banking and commerce; higher education.


Visit the Physics: Advanced Materials - MSc page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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