Physics with Education MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

This course is for you if you are interested in studying physics or astronomy at an advanced level as well as undertaking research in physics education.

You will have graduated from a physics- or applied mathematics-based degree with substantial physics component and have an interest in physics teaching at a higher education level.

Why choose this course?

  • We’re ranked 15th in the UK for Physics (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments, which supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.
  • Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics – from quantum information processing, through top-rated particle physics experiments to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 6.0-7.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 2.5/4.0 (Grade C+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class lower division or GPA 2.7/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 4.5-5.0/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 65%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad’ and a GPA of 3.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 15/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention assez bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 12.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.7 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 6.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 50-65% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 2.8/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 14.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 101.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 3.75 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 2,67.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 or 13/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 70%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class lower division or CGPA of at least 3.0/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of C.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 55%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 12/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.75/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.5/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 2.8 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.0/5.0 or 2.8/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division or CAP 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 2.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 6/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with lower second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 4.5/6 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.5 -2.8/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 7.0/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class lower division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

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Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 185 overall, including at least 176 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

67 overall, including at least 62 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

95 overall, including at least 22 in Listening, 23 in Reading, 23 in Speaking, 24 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

Level 5, including at least 4 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 80%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 80%

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for international students

Yes. You should apply for this course as early as possible so that you have time to apply for ATAS clearance. Find out more about ATAS

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

Professional experience of teaching requiredYes

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

How will I study?

You’ll learn through lectures, workshops and personal supervision. Your time is split between the project and modules with the project culminating in a dissertation. You start work on your project at the beginning of the spring term. In the summer term, you focus on examinations and project work.

The Physics modules are assessed by problem sets, with either open-notes tests or unseen examinations. The Education modules are assessed by essays or oral presentations. You'll also be encouraged to attend research seminars where the latest developments in research are discussed.

MSc project

Your project will be on some aspect of physics education. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. Often the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in journals.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Prof Xavier Calmet

Prof Xavier Calmet

Professor of Physics

Research interests

Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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Prof Barry Garraway

Prof Barry Garraway

Professor Of Quantum Physics

Research interests

Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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Prof Winfried Hensinger

Prof Winfried Hensinger

Professor of Quantum Technologies

Research interests

Ion Trapping, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Sensing, quantum simulation, Quantum Technologies

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Dr Stephan Huber

Dr Stephan Huber

Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics

Research interests

Beyond The Standard Model, Cosmology, Particle physics - theory, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry

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Dr Ilian Iliev

Dr Ilian Iliev

Reader In Astronomy

Research interests

Cosmology, First Stars, reionization, Simulations

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Dr Antony Lewis

Dr Antony Lewis

Professor of Cosmology

Research interests

Astrophysics, Cosmology, Data analysis, Sampling

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Dr Daniel Litim

Dr Daniel Litim

Reader in Theoretical Physics

Research interests

Black Holes, Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Relativity

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Dr Simon Peeters

Dr Simon Peeters

Reader

Research interests

Data analysis, Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Instrumentation, sensors and detectors, Neutrino Physics, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - experiment, Statistical Uncertainty

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Dr Fabrizio Salvatore

Dr Fabrizio Salvatore

Reader in Experimental Particle Physics

Research interests

B Physics/Flavour Physics, Calorimetry, Collider Physics, Supersymmetry, trigger systems for particle physics

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Prof Veronica Sanz

Prof Veronica Sanz

Professor of Physics

Research interests

Applied machine learning, Bayesian Methods, Big Data Analytics, Holography, Particle physics - theory, strong coupling, symmetries

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Dr David Seery

Dr David Seery

Reader In Mathematics & Physics

Research interests

Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Theoretical Physics

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Prof Peter Thomas

Prof Peter Thomas

Professor of Astronomy

Research interests

Direct Numerical Simulation, Extra-Galactic Astronomy & Cosmology, Hydrodynamics

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Dr Jose Verdu Galiana

Dr Jose Verdu Galiana

Reader

Research interests

Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

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Course enquiries

+44 (0)1273 873254 
mps@sussex.ac.uk 

Find out about the Department of Physics and Astronomy

Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,500 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,500 per year
International students:
£19,200 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,280 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2017. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

Our graduates go on to take research degrees, or take up employment in a range of industries in roles such as:

  • business/data analysis
  • computer programming
  • software development
  • teaching
  • research and teaching technical support.

Graduate destinations

89% of students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy were in work or further study six months after graduating.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Physics Education Research Project

  • 60 credits
  • Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1 credits

Communicating Physics Education

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

Researching Physics Education

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Advanced Particle Physics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

You will acquire an overview of the current status of modern particle physics and current experimental techniques used in an attempt to answer today's fundamental questions in this field. 

The topics discussed will be: 

  • Essential skills for the experimental particle physicist
  • Neutrino physics: Neutrino oscillations and reactor neutrinos
  • Neutrino physics: SuperNova, geo- and solar- neutrinos and direct neutrino mass measurements
  • Cosmic ray physics
  • Dark matter
  • Introduction to QCD (jets, particles distribution functions, etc)
  • Higgs physics
  • BSM (including supersymmetry)
  • Flavour physics & CP violation
  • Electric dipole measurements
  • Future particle physics experiments.

Astrophysical Processes

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module covers:

  • Basic properties of interstellar medium and intergalactic medium
  • Radiative transfer
  • Emission and absorption lines, line shapes
  • Hyperfine transitions, 21-cm line of hydrogen
  • Gunn-Peterson effect, Lyman-alpha forest, Damped Lyman Alpha systems
  • Radiative heating and cooling processes
  • Compton heating/cooling, Sunyaev-Zeldovich effect
  • Emission by accelerating changes, retarded potentials, thermal bremstrahlung
  • Applications of Special Relativity in Astrophysics, relativistic beaming
  • Plasma effects, Faraday rotation, Synchrotron emission
  • HII regions, re-ionization

Module outline

Specific aims are to provide you with:

  1. An overview of instrumentation and detectors
  2. An overview of some of the topical cutting edge questions in the field.

An appreciation of how scientific requirements translate to instrument/detector requirements and design.

  1. A crash course in Astronomy & Astrophysics (6 hours and directed reading)
    1. Fluxes, luminosities, magnitudes, etc.
    2. Radiation processes, black bodies, spectra
    3. Stars
    4. Galaxies
    5. Planets
    6. Cosmology
    7. Key questions
    8. Key requirements
  2. Telescopes & Instruments (3 hours student-led seminars from reading)
    1. Optical telescopes
    2. Interferometry
    3. Cameras
    4. Spectroscopy
    5. Astronomy beyond the e/m spectrum
  3. Detectors by wavelength (6 hours taught and 3 hours seminars)
    1. Gamma
    2. X-ray
    3. UV
    4. Optical
    5. NIR
    6. Mid-IR
    7. FIR
    8. Sub-mm
    9. Radio
  4. Detector selection for a future space mission X (4 x 3 hours)
    1. Scientific motivation and requirements
    2. Detector options
    3. External Constraints, financial, risk, etc.
    4. Detector selection

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the courses, you should be able to:

  • Display a basic understanding of detectors in astronomy
  • Display communication skills
  • Distil technological requirements from scientific drivers
  • Make an informed choice of detector for given application with justification.

Atom Light Interactions

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The module deals with the interaction of atoms with electromagnetic radiation. Starting from the classical Lorentz model, the relevant physical processes are discussed systematically. This includes the interaction of classical radiation with two-level atoms and the full quantum model of atom light interactions. Applications such as light forces on atoms and lasers are explored.

Beyond the Standard Model

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

This module covers:

  • Basics of global supersymmetry: motivation and algebra, the Wess-Zumino model, superfields and superspace, construction of supersymmetry-invariant Lagrangians.
  • Weak scale supersymmetry: the gauge hierarchy problem, the Minimal Supersymmetric Standard Model (MSSM).
  • Grand unification: SUS(5), the gauge sector, fermion masses, proton decay.
  • Extra dimensions: Kaluza-Klein reduction for scalars, fermions and gauge fields, generation of hierarchies, warped geometry.

Data Analysis Techniques

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to the mathematical and statistical techniques used to analyse data. The module is fairly rigorous, and is aimed at students who have, or anticipate having, research data to analyse in a thorough and unbiased way.

Topics include: probability distributions; error propagation; maximum likelihood method and linear least squares fitting; chi-squared testing; subjective probability and Bayes' theorem; monte Carlo techniques; and non-linear least squares fitting.

Early Universe

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

An advanced module on cosmology.

Topics include:

  • Hot big bang and the FRW model; Redshifts, distances, Hubble law
  • Thermal history, decoupling, recombination, nucleosynthesis
  • Problems with the hot big bang and inflation with a single scalar field
  • Linear cosmological perturbation theory
  • Quantum generation of perturbations in inflation
  • Scalar and tensor power spectrum predictions from inflation
  • Perturbation evolution and growth after reheating; free streaming and Silk damping
  • Matter power spectrum and CMB anisotropies.

Electrons, Cold Atoms & Quantum Circuits

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Topics covered include:

  • Basics of Penning trap technology. Motion and eigenfrequencies of a trapped particle.
  • Electrostatics and design of planar Penning traps. 
  • Electronic detection of a single trapped particle. 
  • The continuous Stern-Gerlach effect. Measurement of the Spin. 
  • Applications 1: Measurement of the electron's g-factor. Test of QED.
  • Applications 2: Measurement of the electron's mass. Mass spectrometry.
  • Trapping of neutral atoms with magnetic fields: Ioffe-Pritchard traps and the atom chip. 
  • Basics of Bose-Einstein condensation. 
  • Matter wave interferometry in atom chips: the adiabatic RF dressing technique.
  • Introduction to circuit-QED. Superconducting microwave resonators and artificial atoms.
  • Coherent quantum wiring of electrons, cold atoms and artificial atoms in a chip.

Experimental Quantum Technologies and Foundations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

The module will introduce you to the practical implementation of quantum technologies. Topics include:

  • general introduction to quantum computers
  • ion trap quantum computers
  • quantum computing with superconducting qubits
  • quantum computing with neutral atoms
  • linear optics quantum computing
  • other quantum computing implementations
  • hybrid quantum technologies
  • quantum simulators
  • quantum cryptography
  • quantum effects in macroscopic systems
  • quantum effects in biological systems
  • foundations of quantum physics
  • quantum physics and philosophy

Further Quantum Mechanics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

Topics covered include:

  • Review of 4-vector notation and Maxwell equations. 
  • Relativistic quantum mechanics: Klein-Gordon equation and antiparticles.
  • Time-dependent perturbation theory. Application to scattering processes and calculation of cross-sections. Feynman diagrams.
  • Spin-1/2 particles and the Dirac equation. Simple fermionic scatterings.

 

General Relativity

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

This module provides an introduction to the general theory of relativity, including:

  • Brief review of special relativity
  • Scalars, vectors and tensors
  • Principles of equivalence and covariance
  • Space-time curvature
  • The concept of space-time and its metric
  • Tensors and curved space-time; covariant differentiation
  • The energy-momentum tensor
  • Einstein's equations
  • The Schwarzschild solution and black holes
  • Tests of general relativity
  • Weak field gravity and gravitational waves
  • Relativity in cosmology and astrophysics.

Introduction to Cosmology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

This module covers:

  • Observational Overview: in visible light and other wavebands; the cosmological principle; the expansion of the universe; particles in the universe.
  • Newtonian Gravity: the Friedmann equation; the fluid equation; the aceleration equation.
  • Geometry: flat, spherical and hyperbolic; infinite vs. observable universes; introduction to topology
  • Cosmological Models: solving equations for matter and radiation dominated expansions and for mixtures (assuming flat geometry and zero cosmological constant); variation of particle number density with scale factor; variation of scale factor with time and geometry.
  • Observational Parameters: Hubble, density, deceleration.
  • Cosmological Constant: fluid description; models with a cosmological constant.
  • The Age of the Universe: tests; model dependence; consequences
  • Dark Matter: observational evidence; properties; potential candidates (including MACHOS, neutrinos and WIMPS)
  • The Cosmic Microwave Background: properties; derivation of photo to baryon ratio; origin of CMB (including decoupling and recombination).
  • The Early Universe: the epoch of matter-radiation equality; the relation between temperature and time; an overview of physical properties and particle behaviour.
  • Nucleosynthesis: basics of light element formation; derivation of percentage, by mass, of Helium; introduction to observational tests; contrasting decoupling and nucleosynthesis.
  • Inflation: definition; three problems (what they are and how they can be solved); estimation of expansion during Inflation; contrasting early time and current inflationary epochs; introduction to cosmological constant problem and quintessence.
  • Initial Singularity: definition and implications.
  • Connection to General Relativity: brief introduction to Einstein equations and their relation to the Friedmann equation.
  • Cosmological Distance Scales: proper, luminosity, angular distances; connection to observables.
  • Structures in the Universe: CMB anisotropies; galaxy clustering
  • Constraining Cosmology: connection to CMB, large scale structure (inc BAO and weak lensing) and supernovae.

Introduction to Nano-materials and Nano-characterisation

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Learn the most important analytical techniques used in the nano-physics laboratory today and discuss some of their applications in Materials Physics and nanotechnology where designing devices and functionality at the molecular scale is now possible.

In this module, you cover:

  • the basic physical mechanisms of the interaction between solid matter and electromagnetic radiation, electrons and ions
  • the principles and usage of microprobes, electron spectroscopy techniques (AES and XPS), x-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), light optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning tunneling microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved optical spectroscopy.

The module includes a coursework component. This involve preparing and giving a presentation on a selected advanced topic related to recent breakthroughs in nanophysics.

Each group will carry out an extensive literature review on a given topic and subsequently prepare and present a 30-minute presentation on their findings.

In your presentation, you are expected to highlight the usefulness of advanced analytical techniques used by researchers in the given subject area.

Particle Physics Detector Technology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

The module explores the technical manner in which some of the scientific questions in the fields of experimental particle physics, including high energy physics, neutrino physics etc., are being addressed. The student is introduced to many of the experimental techniques that are used to study the particle phenomena. The focus is on the demands those scientific requirements place on the detector technology and current state-of-the-art technologies.

This module will provide you with:

  • an introduction to some of the basic concepts of particle physics
  • an overview of some of the topical cutting edge questions in the field
  • an understanding of some key types of experiments
  • a detailed understanding of the underlying detector technologies.

Topics covered include:

  1. Intro to particle structure
    1. particles and forces, masses and lifetimes
    2. coupling strengths and interactions
    3. cross sections and decays
  2. Accelerators
    1. principles of acceleration
    2. kinematics, center of mass
    3. fixed target experiments, colliders
  3. Reactors
    1. nuclear fission reactors, fission reactions, types of reactors
    2. neutron sources, absorption and moderation, neutron reactions
    3. nuclear fusion, solar and fusion reactors
  4. Detectors
    1. gaseous
    2. liquid (scintillator, cerenkov, bubble chamber)
    3. solid-state
    4. scintillation
    5. calorimeters, tracking detectors
    6. particle identification
  5. Monte Carlo modelling
    1. physics

Programming in C++

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

After a review of the basic concepts of the C++ language, you are introduced to object oriented programming in C++ and its application to scientific computing. This includes writing and using classes and templates, operator overloading, inheritance, exceptions and error handling. In addition, Eigen, a powerful library for linear algebra is introduced. The results of programs are displayed using the graphics interface dislin.

Quantum Field Theory 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

This module is an introduction into quantum field theory, covering:

  1. Action principle and Lagrangean formulation of mechanics
  2. Lagrangean formulation of field theory and relativistic invariance
  3. Symmetry, invariance and Noether's theorem
  4. Canonical quantization of the scalar field
  5. Canonical quantization of the electromagnetic field
  6. Canonical quantization of the Dirac spinor field
  7. Interactions, the S matrix, and perturbative expansions
  8. Feynman rules and radiative corrections.

Quantum Field Theory 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1 credits

Module topics include:

  • Path integrals: Path integrals in quantum mechanics; Functionals; Path integral quantisation of scalar field; Gaussian integration; Free particle Green's functions ; Vacuum-vacuum transition function Z[J]. 
  • Interacting field theory in path integral formulation. Generating functional W[J]; Momentum space Greens functions; S-matrix and LSZ reduction formula; Grassmann variables; Fermionic path integral. 
  • Gauge field theory: Internal symmetries; Gauge symmetry 1: Abelian; The electromagnetic field; Gauge symmetry 2: non-Abelian. 
  • Renormalisation of scalar field theory; Quantum gauge theory; Path integral quantisation of non-Abelian gauge theories; Faddeev-Popov procedure, ghosts; Feynman rules in covariant gauge; Renormalisation.

Quantum Optics and Quantum Information

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The module will introduce you to quantum optics and quantum information, covering:

  • Quantum systems and the qubit
  • Non-locality in quantum mechanics
  • Methods of quantum optics
  • The density matrix
  • The process of measurement
  • Introduction of irreversibility
  • Decoherence and quantum information
  • Quantum and classical communication
  • Measures of entanglement and distance between states
  • Logic operations and quantum algorithms
  • Requirements for quantum computers
  • Physical systems for quantum information processing.

Stellar & Galactic Astrophysics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

In this module, you'll cover the following topics:

Stellar structure and evolution:

  • observational properties of stars
  • hydrostatic support and polytropes
  • energy production
  • equations of stellar structure
  • end-points of stellar evolution
  • supernovae and metal production
  • the IMF, yields of (ionising) photons, metals, snr energy.

Stellar dynamics:

  • stars as a collisionless fluid
  • the Boltzmann equation
  • the Jeans equations
  • the Poisson equation
  • simple stellar systems (spherical and disk).

Astrophysical fluids:

  • inviscid fluid equations and relationship to stellar dynamics
  • hydrostatic gas disks
  • shocks and blast waves
  • accretion disks
  • fluid instabilities (Kelvin Helmholtz/Rayleigh Taylor).

Physics of the ISM:

  • description (relative energy densities of different components)
  • thermal instability/multiphase structure
  • Jeans instability (collapse of molecular clouds/star-formation)
  • the living ISM (recycling and feedback).

Symmetry in Particle Physics

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1 credits

The module provides an introduction into group theory and aspects of symmetry in particle physics, covering:

  • Groups and representations
  • Lie groups and Lie algebras
  • Space-time symmetries and Poincare group
  • Symmetry and conservation laws
  • Global, local, and discrete symmetry
  • Symmetry breaking and the origin of mass
  • Symmetry of the standard model, CKM matrix, neutrino masses, tree-level interactions.
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