Masters degrees in Solid-State Physics explore matter in its solid form, the properties of solids and the processes which form them.
Related subjects include Engineering Physics and Advanced Materials. Entry requirements usually include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Mathematics, Chemistry or Physics.
Courses in Solid-State Physics encourage you to examine how large-scale properties of solid materials are determined by their atomic-scale properties, and the ways in which these can be manipulated.
You may specialise in areas such as metallurgy, nanotechnology, crystallography and electromagnetism, developing a range of materials such as metals and polymers for use in technology (particularly transistors and semiconductors).
Expertise in this field may be applied in a range of industries. For example, you may work within the automotive or aerospace engineering industries to conduct thermo- or hydrodynamic tests. Or, you might work within the mining and quarrying industries or in civil engineering to design highly durable machinery and structures.
Other careers include the development of clinical machinery and surgical tools, communications systems, and consumer items such as jewellery and mobile technology.