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Our MSc Physics by Research course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on their PhD.

The Department of Physics is known internationally for its top-class research. Our staff carry out research at the cutting edge of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Experimental Quantum Computing, Quantum Matter at Low Temperatures, Theoretical Physics, Dark Matter, Particle Physics and Biophysics, as well as other areas. Together they form a vibrant, intrernational community dedicated to collaborative research that has a global impact. 

Royal Holloway's Physics Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including Rutherford Appleton and the National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Instruments, SNOLAB, CERN, ISIS and Diamond.

Our Masters courses are taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges, providing you with a wide range of options.

  • You'll join a major centre for Physics research-led teaching in the University of London and be part of a friendly, close-knit community.
  • Our research portfolio continues to expand through the exploration of exciting new research directions and strategic research partnerships.
  • We hold a regular series of colloquia and seminars on important research topics and host a number of guest lectures from external organisations.

Course structure

The major element of this course is a research project which is carried out under supervision. There is also a minor taught element, with classes covering a wide range of generic research-related topics.

Major Project

An original research project in one of the research areas of the Department, carried out under supervision. Makes up 75% of total mark.

Taught modules

You will take three modules, which together make up 25% of the total mark. For a full of these please see here.

Teaching & assessment

This course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (75% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (25% of the final mark).

Your future career

Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different areas, including careers in industry, information technology and finance. 

This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued studies in physics; around 50% of the graduates of this course progress onto PhD study at Royal Holloway


Visit the Physics (by Research) - MSc page on the Royal Holloway, University of London website for more details!

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