This is a two-year MSc offered by Royal Holloway as part of its South East Physics Network Partnership (SEPnet). SEPnet is a consortium of six universities: University of Kent, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, and University of Sussex. This consortium consists of around 160 academics, with an exceptionally wide range of expertise.
The first year consists mainly of taught courses in the University of London; the second research year can be at Royal Holloway or one of the other consortium members. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with physics research groups and partner institutions in both the UK and Europe. You will benefit from consortium led events as well as state of the art video conferencing.
With some of the leading physics departments in the world, all the universities have their own accolades in both urban and countryside locations, with a wide choice of accommodation options, sporting facilities, international student organisations and careers services. South East England, with its close connections to continental Europe by air, Eurotunnel, and cross channel ferries, is an ideal environment for international students.
- The course is taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges and the Universities of Kent, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex, providing an incomparably wide range of options.
- The Department of Physics at Royal Holloway 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, and Biophysics, as well as other areas.
- We offer exceptional teaching quality and are consistently near the top of the league tables.
- The Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including CERN, ISIS and Diamond.
- We hold a regular series of colloquia and seminars on important research topics and host a number of guest lectures from external organisations.
Department research and industry highlights
- The Physics Department is one of the major centres for Physics research within the University of London.
- We have excellent clean rooms for the nanofabrication and testing of devices within the centre for nanophysics and nanotechnology.
- The London Low Temperature Laboratory is a centre for fundamental research in the mK and μK temperature regime and the development of new instrumentation and thermometry.
- The Hubbard Theory Institute combines theoretical studies of strongly correlated matter with experimental activities on the Harwell Campus.
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of the discipline
- a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship
- originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and
- enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different physics-related 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, and many of our graduates have gone on to study for a PhD.