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Physics

MSc by Research
  • Option 1 year full time or 2 years part time
  • Year of entry 2021
  • Campus Egham

The course

Our MSc Physics by Research course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on their PhD.

The Department of Physics is known internationally for its top-class research. Our staff carry out research at the cutting edge of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Experimental Quantum Computing, Quantum Matter at Low Temperatures, Theoretical Physics, Dark Matter, Particle Physics and Biophysics, as well as other areas. Together they form a vibrant, intrernational community dedicated to collaborative research that has a global impact. 

Royal Holloway's Physics Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including Rutherford Appleton and the National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Instruments, SNOLAB, CERN, ISIS and Diamond.

Our Masters courses are taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges, providing you with a wide range of options.

Core Modules

  • Major Project

Optional Modules

There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

You will take three from the following:
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Advanced Quantum Theory
  • Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields
  • Atom and Photon Physics
  • Quantum Computation and Communication
  • Molecular Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
  • Theoretical Treatments of Nano-Systems
  • Physics at the Nanoscale
  • Superfluids, Condensates and Superconductors
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Relativity and Gravitation
  • Planetary Atmospheres
  • Solar Physics
  • Solar System
  • The Galaxy
  • Astrophysical Plasmas
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics

This course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (75% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (25% of the final mark).

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