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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Philosophy

    Physics

  • Start Date

    October, January

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, Research Only

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Theoretical Physics research programme fee information.

  • Last Updated

    08 July 2019

The MSc by Research in Theoretical Physics allows you to undertake a year long individual programme of personally and professionally enriching research.

Your theoretical physics research project will be shaped by participation in activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratory activity and field work, as well as your involvement in one of our established research groups.

While this research programme in Theoretical Physics usually finishes after a year, it can be used to progress to the second year of a PhD degree in the appropriate circumstances.

Over 80% of our research outputs from experimental and theoretical groups were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014-2021).

We have three main Physics research groups.

The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group (AMQP) is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources.

The areas of research are:

  • Analytical laser spectroscopy, 
  • Ultrafast Dynamics, Imaging and Microscopy, Optomechanics
  • Antihydrogen, positronium and positrons
  • Cold atom physics
  • Nano-scale physics and the life sciences

The Applied Physics and Materials (APM) Group is supported by grants from the European Union, Welsh Government, National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council, Welsh European Funding Office, and EPSRC.

The areas of research include:

  • Biophotonics: Nano- and micro-structured materials, biomimetics, analyte sensing and light-tissue interaction
  • Nanomedicine
  • Sustainable Advanced Materials: next generation semiconductors, bioelectronic materials and devices, optoelectronics including photodetection, solar energy conversion, advanced electro-optics and transport physics of disordered solids

The Particle Physics and Cosmology Theory (PPCT) Group is one of the five largest particle physics groups in the UK. It is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, the Royal Society and the Leverhulme Trust.

The areas of research include:

  • Amplitudes in gauge and supergravity theories
  • Hot and Dense matter, High-performance computing 
  • Gauge/string duality, Higher spin holography, Integrability, Large-N gauge theories, supersymmetry and duality
  • Holography and lattice theories in physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Quantum fields in curved spacetime and theoretical cosmology

How you're supervised Theoretical Physics research programme

Swansea is a research-led University and our Physics department makes a significant contribution, meaning you will benefit from the considerable experience and skills of our expert staff. Professor Lyn Evans, leader of the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN, is a significant Swansea Physics alumnus. Professor Higgs Boson, the Physics Nobel Prize winner who proposed the Boson particle is a Swansea University Honorary Fellow with close links to our department. You will have access to our raft of state-of-the-art facilities including:

  • Low-energy positron beam with a high field superconducting magnet for the study of positronium
  • CW and pulsed laser systems
  • Scanning tunnelling electron and nearfield optical microscopes
  • Raman microscope
  • CPU parallel cluster
  • The IBM-built ‘Blue C’ Supercomputer at Swansea University

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Visit the Theoretical Physics MSc by Research page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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