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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Physics

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    04 July 2017

Course content

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.

Distinctive features

The MSc programme is both research-lead and research-informed:

• Taught modules delivered by world-class researchers.
• Experimental and theoretical summer research projects based either at our excellent research facilities or in placement with one of our industrial partners.
• Innovative course design with dedicated teaching and learning support delivered by our specialist Teaching and Scholarship team.
• The option to tailor the course to your interests with our broad range of optional modules.

Structure

There are two stages to this programme. The first stage consists of core and optional taught modules which total 120 credits. These are split across the autumn and spring semester of year one.

Once you have successfully passed the first stage, you may progress onto the second stage of the programme which is a dissertation project (60 credits). You will undertake a 4-month research project, either with one of the research groups in our Schools or externally during a placement with one of our industrial partners. You will then complete a dissertation outlining your research. The dissertation should be carried out independently under supervision from an appropriate member of academic staff with research interests in your chosen area.

You will undertake all core and optional taught modules in the autumn and spring terms. You will also complete a 4-month summer research project which will be assessed through a dissertation.

Core modules:

Advanced Experimental Techniques in Physics
Study and Research Skills in Physics
Physics Research Project

Assessment

Your achievement of the learning outcomes in our taught modules will be assessed in examinations each semester.

Your research project at the end of the course will be assessed through a dissertation. Your research topic can be chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest. You are also encourage to put forward your own project idea.

Career Prospects

A master's degree in physics can open the door to a wide variety of possible future careers. Our past graduates have secured employment in the fields of photonics, biophysics, instrumentation research and development, semiconductor physics both within academic science and industrial practice. You may also choose to undertake further postgraduate study or academic research within the field of physics, or enter a highly-skilled numerate career in another discipline

Placements

We have strong and established links with industry and may be able to offer you a placement with one of these partners for your research project. We may also have some academic summer placements available within the School, which can be extremely valuable to students seeking to continue in academic research.

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

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