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Advanced Physics (MSc/PgDip)

Course Description

Why this course?

The course gives you the opportunity to explore and master theoretical, computational and experimental physics skills with wide application.

Our four divisions – Nanoscience, Optics, Plasmas and the Institute of Photonics – all contribute research-based teaching expertise to the course. You can choose taught elements relevant to your career interests from a wide range of topics, including:
- theoretical & computational physics
- quantum optics and quantum information
- complexity science
- physics and the life sciences
- solid-state physics
- plasma physics

The knowledge you gain in the taught components is then put to use in a cutting-edge research project, which can be theoretical, computational or experimental.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/advancedphysics/

You’ll study

You’ll have two semesters of taught classes made up of compulsory and optional modules. This is followed by a three-month research project.

- Facilities
This course is run by the Department of Physics. The department’s facilities include:
- cutting-edge high-power laser research with SCAPA, researching the future of particle accelerators via laser-based acceleration
- the Ultrafast Chemical Physics lab with state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems for multi-dimensional IR spectroscopy
- access to the top-of-the-range high performance and parallel computer facilities of ARCHIE-WeSt
- a scanning electron microscopy suite for analysis of hard and soft matter
- new high-power microwave research facility in the Technology & Innovation Centre
- advanced quantum optics and quantum information labs

English language

IELTS 6.0 is required for all non-English speakers.

Learning & teaching

Our teaching is based on lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory experiments, and research projects.


The final assessment will be based on your performance in examinations, coursework, a research project and, if required, in an oral examination.


A Masters degree in physics prepares you for a wide and versatile range of careers in science and engineering as well as all areas of management, financial services, etc. Many graduates proceed to a PhD.

Strathclyde physics graduates are working across the world in a number of different roles including:
- Medical Physicist
- Senior Engineer
- Professor
- Systems Engineer
- Treasury Analyst
- Patent Attorneys
- Software Engineer
- Teacher
- Spacecraft Project Manager
- Defence Scientist
- Procurement Manager
- Oscar winner

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the Advanced Physics (MSc/PgDip) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Entry Requirements

MSc: First or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in physics or a related subject. PgDip: Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in physical science or a related subject; Other qualifications and industrial experience may be considered; You may be invited for interview.

Course Fees

2015/16: Scotland/EU £4,500; Rest of UK £5,500; International £15,900

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