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Loughborough University has a long history of internationally recognised research in the study and development of new materials, and our Physics of Materials MSc provides you with the opportunity to work with expert researchers in the field. Our Physics of Materials MSc is a research-focused comprehensive programme designed to equip you with the advanced theoretical and mathematical skills of a professional physicist.

The ability to create new materials that are stronger, lighter, or perform better, is the key to advancements across all areas of science, technology and engineering. This cutting edge postgraduate degree programme gives you the chance to explore, with our expert researchers, the physics of new materials, their preparation and characterisation, at a University that is internationally recognised for its contributions to the fields of physics and materials science.

Over the course of the Physics of Materials MSc programme, you will learn how to work with modern equipment and make an analysis of your own experimental and theoretical data, as well as applying modern physics methods to assess materials, examine properties of novel materials, and develop the advanced theoretical and quantitative skills that are highly sought after by employers.

The Physics of Materials MSc contains a combination of supervised research work, development of research skills and taught material designed to equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in the wide variety of industries whose successes are driven by the development of new materials, or to continue with your academic research.

Experimental facilities at Loughborough include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. The departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

What you'll study

The modules on our Physics of Materials MSc aim to provide you with an opportunity to apply your broad understanding of basic principles to the solution of a specific and detailed problem pertinent to an area of current research activity.


  • Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences - 15 credits
  • Superconductivity and Nanoscience - 15 credits
  • Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics - 15 credits
  • Research Methods in Physics - 15 credits
  • Research Project - 90 credits


  • Polymer Properties - 15 credits
  • Polymer Science - 15 credits
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques - 15 credits
  • Simulation of Advanced Materials and Processes - 15 credits
  • Materials Modelling - 15 credits

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Independent study
  • Group work
  • Supervision
  • Workshops
  • Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Department of Physics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

The aim of the Physics of Materials MSc programme is to equip you with the key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research. Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles.

Graduate destinations

Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls-Royce, and Intelligent Energy, in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level.

Your personal development

On successful completion of the programme you should be able to:

  • Formulate problems pertinent to a current area of active research in precise terms and identify key issues, construct logical arguments and use advanced technical language correctly.
  • Be proficient in the use of scientific and IT solutions to support a research project
  • Identify, retrieve, critique and compare demanding texts and use them to support a research thesis in a coherent and appropriate manner.
  • Present complex information by means of written reports and orally to a professionally acceptable standard.

Visit the Physics of Materials MSc page on the Loughborough University website for more details!





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