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MSc Physics (EuroMasters)

Course Description

The School offers a two-year Master’s degree in Physics in partnership with the South East Physics Network (SEPnet) which comprises the universities of Kent, Portsmouth, Queen Mary London, Royal Holloway London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex.

The programme involves both a taught and research component.

Key benefits

This is a unique opportunity to join the only programme of its kind in the UK and to tailor it to your individual needs. Here are just some of the benefits:

• You can choose to study at any one of the seven universities within the SEPnet consortium. This offers great flexibility and variety - you can even change location for your second year.
• Through events and state-of-the-art video conferencing, you’ll benefit from the combined facilities, specialist knowledge and brilliant minds at all of the universities.
• Our European Masters is designed similarly to Erasmus and Socrates programmes.
• Recognised by European employers and equivalent to 120 ECTS credits, you’ll be qualified to pursue a career in physics or take on a PhD anywhere in the world.
• Our graduates are highly sought after by global employers which opens up a whole world of possibilities.

Visit the website: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/16/physics-euromasters

Course detail

Spend a year studying at your choice of seven world-class universities in the South of England that are at the forefront of pioneering research from nanoscales to cosmology, from experiments to theory. Then spend a year in research working with some of the finest minds in physics on groundbreaking research projects such as ATLAS and LOFAR that push the boundaries of science.

In the first year, you will follow a taught Master’s course, which includes specialised research, and in the second year you will undertake an advanced research project with the option to change locations to a SEPnet partner university or research institution. This may include Cern, Switzerland, the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS, Diamond or NPL. The School of Physical Sciences at Kent offers EuroMasters research strands in Atomic and Condensed Matter and Astrophysics.


Study the European way: the MSc in Physics (EuroMasters) is fully compatible with the European Credit Transfer Accumulation System across the European Union and other collaborating European countries, and qualifies students to pursue a PhD or a career in physics upon completion. It is also open to UK entrants.


Although the delivery of this programme is consistent, the criteria, application process and scholarship opportunities will depend on the university you want to study it at in your first year. They are:

• Queen Mary - University of London
• Royal Holloway - University of London
University of Kent
• University of Portsmouth
• University of Southampton
• University of Surrey
• University of Sussex

So, to discover more about our programme, scholarship and research projects, click the 'visit website' link below.


All programmes in the School of Physical Sciences equip you with the tools you need to conduct research, solve problems, communicate effectively and transfer skills to the workplace, which means our graduates are always in high demand. Our links with industry not only provide you with the opportunity to gain work experience during your degree, but also equip you with the general and specialist skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the workplace.

Typical employment destinations for graduates from the physics programmes include power companies, aerospace, defence, optoelectronics and medical industries. Typical employment destinations for graduates from our forensic science and chemistry programmes include government agencies, consultancies, emergency services, laboratories, research or academia.

How to apply: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Why study at The University of Kent?

- Shortlisted for University of the Year 2015
- Kent has been ranked fifth out of 120 UK universities in a mock Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) exercise modelled by Times Higher Education (THE).
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Kent was ranked 17th* for research output and research intensity, in the Times Higher Education, outperforming 11 of the 24 Russell Group universities
- Over 96% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2014 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.
Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Postgraduate scholarships and funding

We have a scholarship fund of over £9 million to support our taught and research students with their tuition fees and living costs. Find out more: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/

English language learning

If you need to improve your English before and during your postgraduate studies, Kent offers a range of modules and programmes in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Find out more here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/international/english.html

Visit the MSc Physics (EuroMasters) page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Gregory Smith

2319.jpg Why did you choose to study at Kent?
The University of Kent was an obvious choice for me for two reason: Firstly, its location was perfect for me; Secondly, it was conducting the MSc Physics (Euromasters) course – which was perfect for me as I had been out of education for a few years.

What have you found different about postgraduate study?
The difference for me was not anything to do with the course itself, it was a change in attitude for me, wanting to achieve my absolute best without any distractions – to prove to myself I could achieve the highest grade in a demanding course.

How are you funded?
I was self-funded throughout - playing rugby semi-professionally for some pocket money.

What have you particularly enjoyed about your time at Kent?
The second year research project was my favourite part of the course.

How have you found the lecturers and your fellow students?
The lecturers have all been very good, and I have made some friends for life with some of my course-mates.

What do you do in your spare time? Are you part of any clubs or societies?
I play rugby semi-professionally, so a lot of my time is dedicated to training and nutrition.

What are you planning to do next?
I am continuing at the University of Kent with a PhD in Theoretical Physics studying the topology of singularities in relativistic wave-packets, as well as aiming to contribute to the solving the Riemann Hypothesis.

What do you think about the level of support in your studies?
The level of support has always been good, with lecturers always willing to help with any problems.

How do you think your studies at Kent will affect your employment prospects?
My employment prospects should be looking very good as I achieved a distinction with an 80% average.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking a postgraduate degree at Kent?
Do it! It was the best decision I have made, and will set me up for a career in research for sure.


Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to hold a second class honours degree or higher in Physics and must have achieved the University standard requirement in English Language.The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Only English Language tests taken up to a maximum of two years prior to the end date of registration will be accepted for admission to the University. English Language requirements: View Website

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