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MSc Physics (EuroMasters)

Course Description

Surrey's Department of Physics (http://www.surrey.ac.uk/physics/) has many decades of experience in delivering high-quality postgraduate taught courses, attracting students from all over the world.


The unique selling point of our Physics (Euromasters) programme is that it combines our excellent taught MSc modules with particular strengths in topics related to Radiation Detection Instrumentation, Medical Physics and Radiation Environmental Protection. You will receive the opportunity to develop, design and see through a complete Research Project. This feature will prepare you for a career in research and for doctoral studies in academia and industry and makes the MSc Bologna compatible, recognised in all EU countries.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/physics-euromasters

Programme overview

Our Physics (Euromasters) MSc is a two-year (120 ECTS credits) programme, a joint initiative of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). This is the same length and number of credits as most Masters degrees in continental Europe and offers you the opportunity to study in the UK for a qualification that will be widely recognised across Europe and beyond.

Students select eight modules from a wide range of fundamental and applied physics topics offered in the first year from the Department of Physics’ internationally-respected fundamental physics taught provision, as well as from the vocationally-oriented MSc programmes. Students tailor their study programme to suit their interests and needs in discussion with the Course Director (and subject to timetabling). The skills learnt are then used and developed in the second year, when students will have training in research skills and a five to six-month research project that will equip you for further research work in industry, international research laboratories or universities. During the second year, students will also study two compulsory modules: Research Skills, and Academic Research and Communication Skills.

During the project, the student will be part of a research group and so will receive help and support, and learn from, the other members of the group. The project may be undertaken in collaboration with an external partner organisation, which might be an industrial company or a national or international research facility such as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. It is this project in the second year that differentiates the Euromasters programme from most UK MSc courses.

Research experience opens the door to many careers, not just further research. The maturity and experience gained during a research project provide an extra dimension to the qualification beyond that of a conventional one-year Masters programme.

Programme structure

The Physics (Euromasters) degree is designed to be fully compatible with the European Bologna accord. Like most Masters degrees in continental Europe, it is two years long.

The programme is a joint initiative of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet). This is a network of the following universities: the University of Kent; Queen Mary University of London; Royal Holloway University of London; the University of Southampton; the University of Surrey; and the University of Sussex.

Students can elect to research their dissertation at international laboratories such as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire or at mainland European universities, subject to availability of placements, for instance, through Erasmus exchanges.

The first year of the programme comprises a selection of taught modules from the Department’s existing module catalogue. In the second year students will have the unique opportunity to pursue a supervised extended research project, following two modules in Research Skills as well as Academic Research and Communication Skills.

Year 1

Typically eight modules are selected from the topics listed below.

Radiation Physics
This module will provide you with a detailed and systematic overview of atomic and nuclear physics including basic energetics of radioactive decay. You will gain a systematic understanding of fundamental processes involved with the interaction of X- and gamma-ray photons, charged particles and neutrons with matter.

Radiation Measurement
You will find out about the principles of radiation detection, measurement and dosimetry. After completing this module, you will be able to critically analyse and summarise original dosimetry data and understand the methods required to calculate dose and radiation effects.

Radiation Laboratory Skills
This module explores the experimental use of radioactive materials, radiation counting, spectroscopy equipment, dosimetry measurements and standard radiation experimental techniques. At the end of this course you will be more confident handling radioactive materials and will be able to understand the basic evaluation of experimental data using standard statistical methods.

Experimental and professional skills for Medical Physics
The module will provide students with practical skills and background knowledge needed to work in a clinical setting. It includes two seminars/workshop on research ethics and intellectual property and a set of radiation laboratory experiments.

Introduction to Radiation Biology
You will develop an understanding of the human body and the effect on it of ionising radiation. After completing this module, you will be able to analyse basic molecular cell and tissue structure, describe the control systems of the human body and appreciate the science underpinning radiological protection standards.

Non Linear Physics
This module focuses on nonlinear physics and chaos theory, and looks at the application of fundamental methods of nonlinear dynamics to chaotic systems. Module content includes fixed points, bifurcations, fractals, strange attractors and limit cycles.

Topics in Theoretical Physics
On successful completion of this module, you will gain a solid understanding of complex variable theory, and be able to test a function for analyticity and identify and classify poles and other singular points of functions.

Non-ionising Radiation Imaging
You will be taught on the basic principles of two major non-ionising radiation imaging modalities which are used in hospital environments, and develop an understanding on the physics behind the operation of nuclear magnetic resonance and ultrasound imaging applications.

Therapy Physics
On this module you will explore how radiations of various types are used for therapeutic purposes. Module content includes UV radiation and blue light; ultrasound therapies; and lasers in medicine.

Diagnostic Applications of Ionising Radiation Physics
You will develop an understanding of medical X- and gamma-ray imaging technology, and how to use radiopharmaceuticals in nuclear medicine. By the end of the module you should have a broad understanding of the techniques used in-vivo and in-vitro nuclear medicine studies.

Radiation Protection and Safety
This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection. From this starting point the course covers population and personal exposures to radiation, the principles of dose calculations, and example procedures for implementing radiation protection programmes. Nuclear reactor safety case work is also discussed. The module completes with a general assessment of the concept of risk. Please note that this topic will be taught over an intensive week.

Nuclear Metrology
This module will provide an understanding of nuclear metrology for applications in the nuclear industry, environmental monitoring and nuclear medicine. Please note that this topic will be taught over an intensive week.

Environment and Legislation
This module describes the legislative framework of environmental protection, describing the major concepts in the field. It reviews the establishment and verification of systems for environmental protection, considering both legal and economic aspects. The module concludes with a practical review of environmental protection as applied in the nuclear industry. Please note that this topic will be taught over an intensive week.

Extended group project
Through laboratory-based lectures and hands-on computing laboratory sessions, you will learn how to use and implement FLUKA Monte Carlo simulation software. You will have the opportunity to develop a complete radiation detector instrumentation system of your choice, and Medical Physics MSc students will normally undertake a library-based project.

Year 2

Research Project/Euromasters Dissertation
The second year of the programmes entail a substantial research project module of eight months' duration (90 credits) and two taught modules (15 credits each) that will help students understanding the research process, common practices of the scientific community and practice in order to integrate and apply this knowledge throughout their research project. The exact details of these modules is subject to validation and confirmed module descriptions will be available to students before the start of their research year. The choice of project topic may be guided in part by the specialisation of the first year. The first two months will be devoted to the development of research skills comprising taught elements, a guided intensive literature review, and preparation for research including instruction in the use of equipment and software and background reading. This will be followed by a full time period of six months of (supervised) research in one of the Department’s research groups or at an external research laboratory leading to the writing of a dissertation. Students will prepare and deliver a seminar in a mini-conference.

Research Skills
This module provides students with professional skills, research skills and personal development skills to support the Euromasters Research Year placement. It is carried out during the first semester of the research year, namely October-January, during the second year of the Euromasters programme.

Outreach and Public Engagement
You will develop an in-depth understanding of the requirement, benefits and challenges posed by engaging the public with state-of-the-art scientific research, as well as tools and strategies in order to communicate with the public effectively.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the programme students will be able to:

- Understanding of Health and Safety issues and / or ethical issues related to research in the chosen field

- Demonstrate detailed understanding of the topic and state of the art in their research topic

- Evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in their chosen physics sub-disciplines of advanced study

- The ability to manage their own learning and to make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources

- Responsibility for personal and professional development. Ability to use external mentors for personal / professional purposes

- Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences

- Plan and conduct a Research project of circa 5-6 months duration to be carried out in a graduate research environment under the direction of a research supervisor, including its justification by summarising and presenting existing data from the scientific literature

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

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

(Student Profile)

Manasavee Lohvithee

I received a fully funded scholarship for my MSc from the Royal Thai Government through the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand.

I chose to take a Physics Euromasters because I find it an interesting subject, the Department of Physics at Surrey has a very good reputation and the structure of the course has allowed me to gain good skills for my future. Thailand needs lots of people who have an expertise in this field, so the plan is that I will lecture there after I’ve completed my PhD.

During the first year of my study, I focused on how radiation can be detected and measured in different ways and looked at the pros and cons for each instrument used to detect radiation. Now in my research year, my dissertation topic is ‘Development of algorithms for microCT analysis of bone’. I’m examining how CT images are generated, and I’m exploring how the software can be developed to analyse bone samples.

Since arriving in England, I have grown in confidence and learned to live on my own away from my home country. I was given a warm welcome at the airport through the Meet and Greet scheme and found the Welcome Week really helpful.

The University facilities are very good, especially the library, and I feel very safe both on and off the campus.


AWE sponsored MSc studentships in the area of Nuclear Security - 2 Awards

Applications are invited from candidates for the AWE sponsored MSc studentships in the area of Nuclear Security. The studentship will provide a stipend to cover living expenses for the duration of the two research semesters in the second year of this two-year MSc in Physics (EuroMasters) programme.The MSc Physics (EuroMasters) is a two-year, 120 ECTS credits, programme, like most Masters degrees in continental Europe. The first year comprises lectures and laboratory classes from one of the Department of Physics' internationally respected and vocationally oriented MSc programmes in: Radiation Detection and Instrumentation or
 Radiation and Environmental Protection The lectures and laboratory classes in the first year provide training in an important area of applied physics. The skills learnt are then used and developed in the second year, to undertake an extended research project carried out over two semesters that will equip students for further research work in industry, international research laboratories, or in universities. During the project, the student will be part of a Research Group and so will receive help and support, and learn from, the other members of this group. It is this project in the second year that differentiates the EuroMasters programme from most UK MSc courses.Research experience opens the door to many careers, not just further research. The maturity and experience gained during a research project provides an extra dimension to the qualification beyond that of a conventional one-year Masters programme.AWE is a key player in the UK’s nuclear security and defence efforts.Closing date: Friday, 31 August 2012.

Value of Scholarship(s)



The AWE sponsored MSc studentships in the area of Nuclear Security will be awarded under the condition that the recipient commits to undertake a research project to be specified and agreed during the application and interview process; a willingness to carry out research at AWE sites and/or other partner institutions is expected.

Application Procedure

Applications are invited from UK citizens holding a good undergraduate degree (First or Upper Second) in Physics or a related subject. Please send a CV, including the names of two referees, to Ms Trudi Saunders, Postgraduate Administrator MSc in Physics (Euro Masters), FEPS (C5), University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr A. Lohstroh, MSc Physics (EuroMaster) Course Director, Department of Physics (email: [email protected]). Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview, which is expected to take place in the middle of September 2012.

Further Information



Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]


GREAT Surrey Scholarships India - 6 Awards

Funded by the University and the UK government’s GREAT Britain campaign, up to six scholarships worth £5,000 (paid in the form of a fee discount) are being offered on postgraduate taught courses from the following subjects:- Chemical and Process Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Computer Science
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Environment and Sustainability
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering Sciences
- PhysicsWHO CAN APPLY?You can apply for a GREAT Surrey Scholarship if:- You hold a high first-class degree from an Indian university (the minimum requirement is 65 per cent from a prestigious university or 70 per cent from a regional university).
- You hold an offer from Surrey to study any MSc course within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, as listed above (you must hold an offer before submitting an application for a scholarship)

Value of Scholarship(s)



The GREAT Scholarship – India programme is aimed at high-calibre Indian students who want to study for a postgraduate programme in engineering.

Application Procedure

To apply, you will need to complete the online form - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/content/great-scholarships-india-2016

Further Information



Teaching Assistantships - 6 Awards

Our department-led scholarships enable you to assist with the teaching of Physics undergraduate students through laboratory sessions, tutorials, problem-solving classes, computing and other teaching activities depending on suitability. Open to home or international, full-time or part-time students, the University of Surrey gives out approximately six of these awards per annum. The Teaching Assistantship award is available on all MSc Physics programmes, and if successful, you can earn up to £3,000 throughout the year.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to £3,000


Eligible MSc applicants will be sent an application form by email in August 2016 and the application procedure includes an interview (which can be completed by telephone).

Application Procedure

See the website

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Entry to the first year of the programme requires a minimum 2.2 honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in the physical sciences or in a relevant engineering discipline. For direct entry to the second year, students are required to have achieved the equivalent of a Postgraduate Diploma in Physics (120 credits at Level M). Applicants with suitable industrial experience will also be considered.English language requirements-IELTS minimum overall: 6.5-IELTS minimum by component: 6.0

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