University College London
Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
22 Gordon Street
This MSc provides students with the skills, knowledge and research ability for a career in Physics. The programme is designed to satisfy the need, both nationally and internationally, for well qualified postgraduates who will be able to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments in this field. Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of a particular specialised research area, through project work as a member of a research team. The programme provides the professional skills necessary to play a meaningful role in industrial or academic life. The UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for graduate study. The department's participation in many international collaborations means we provide exceptional opportunities to work as part of an international team. Examples include work at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and at the EISCAT radar instruments in Scandinavia for studying the Earth's upper atmosphere. For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the HECToR service. In some cases, opportunities exist for students to broaden their experience by spending part of their time overseas. DEGREE STRUCTURE Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of a choice of four core modules (60 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), a research essay (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months, part-time two years) is offered. Core Modules: Advanced Quantum Theory Particle Physics Atom and Photon Physics Quantum Computation and Communication Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter Mathematics for General Relativity Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics Molecular Physics Options: Astrophysics MSc Core Courses Space and Climate Science MSc Core Courses Medical Physics MSc Core Courses Intercollegiate 4th year Courses 4th year MSci Physics and Astrophysics Courses 3rd year MSci Physics and Astrophysics Courses Plastic and Molecular (Opto)electronics Dissertation/report All students submit a critical research essay and MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial dissertation and oral presentation. Teaching and Learning The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical, laboratory and computer-based classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation.