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Physics (EuroMasters)

Master of Science (EuroMasters) ( 2 years Full-time )

Overview

 

 

This programme benefits from teaching across the universities of the South East Phsyics Network (SEPnet), with a strong emphasis on research-based learning. Delivered accross two academic years with an extended project in the second year, this programme provides excellent training in higher level academic research. 

You will deepen your understanding of a chosen branch of contemporary physics or astrophysics, chosing a speciality from a wide variety of themes at the forefront of both fundamental and applied physics research. The programme consists of taught modules and an in-depth research project, leaving you well prepared for further doctoral-level study and research. There are two pathways in the programme: Physics and Astrophysics.

This programme will:

  • enable you to develop skills transferable to a wide range of other careers
  • allow you to gain a deep understanding of your chosen area through the combination of advanced taught programmes and an extended research project
  • provide excelent training in research skills
  • enable extended contact between you and your academic porject supervisor
  • give you the option to study at other South East Physics Network (SEPnet) universities
  • provide 120 ECTS credits, which will allow you to enter doctoral level programmes in other EU countries.

Further reasons to chose the Euromaster's MSc

  • This programme is only available within partner universities in the South East Physics network (SEPnet). Queen Mary is the largest partner in this network, with a broad range of fundamental physics research centres.
  • The SEPnet consortium institutions each offer programmes, which are mutually compatible. This allows you to have the possibility of transferring to a partner institution for the second year (for more information, see www.sepnet.ac.uk).

School Highlights

1st in London

Ranked joint first in London for research outputs (REF 2014), the School of Physics and Astronomy has an international reputation for its research across areas such as experimental particle physics, materials physics, string theory and astronomy.

£12m invested in refurbishment and new facilities in 2014

The school benefitted from an extensive £12m refurbishment in 2014. Our new facilities include breakout spaces, offices and laboratories used in MSc projects.

Work with leading academics

Our academics work on high-profile international research including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ATLAS experiment at CERN, surveys with the VISTA telescope at the European Southern Observatory and the NASA/ESA Cassini mission to Saturn. They publish in leading journals such as Nature, write books, lead international conferences and comment in the media. For more visit: www.ph.qmul.ac.uk/directory/academics

Access taught modules at other London universities

As a student of the University of London you will have access to modules taught at UCL¿and King’s College London and Royal Holloway, University of London.

Students with an existing Transport for London travelcard will normally be able to reach these institutions at no extra cost.

Join the research community

Take part in regular academic meetings, colloquia and seminars with exciting speakers from renowned institutions.

School Facilities

National and international facilities

If you join us, you can make use of leading research infrastructure at CERN and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, as well as mission data from QMUL collaborations such as Cassini, CLUSTER and the VISTA telescope, for use in research projects.

School facilities

You will benefit from access to super-fast research networks and worldwide grid computing facilities such as MidPlus and GridPP, as well as a number of high- performance clusters on site at QMUL.

Experimental facilities in the School include clean rooms, an x-ray diffraction laboratory, muon sources for materials physics, workshops and laboratories for materials research and the production of molecular and organic electronics, as well as the manufacture of prototype particle detectors.

Our newly refurbished observatory, houses a Celestron C14 telescope on a computer- controlled mount, fitted with filters and a high resolution CCD. Mounted alongside the primary telescope is a Lunt 80mm solar telescope and CCD for solar observations.

New offices and open spaces provide a¿range of opportunities for you to work, meet¿or discuss ideas with others. Each research group has its own breakout space and kitchen facilities, while staff and students from across the school regularly make use of the School’s larger social and study space. 

 

Structure

The Euromaster's MSc is available in two pathways, Physics and Astrophysics. The structure of the two programmes is outlined below. The programme is delivered over two academic years, with a substantial research project completed in the second year. Students choosing to leave the programme after Year One may be awarded the PGDip Physics (Euromaster's).

Astrophysics pathway

Year One

Taught modules (worth Queen Mary 15 credits each) to a total of 120 Queen Mary credits. Details about the MSc Astrophysics modules are listed on the Astronomy taught modules page.

Modules from the above list may be, exceptionally, substituted with suitable level 7 modules from the School of Mathematical Sciences, the School of Physics and Astronomy or the intercollegiate programme, at the discretion of the Programme Tutor.

Year Two

A total of 120 Queen Mary credits comprising:
SPA7021 ¿Research Methods for Physics EuroMasters (30 credits)
SPA7014 Physics (Euromasters) Project (90 credits)

Physics pathway

Year One

An agreed combination of taught modules (worth Queen Mary 15 credits each) to a total of 120 Queen Mary credits. A complete list of modules available to students can be found in the intercollegiate programme module directory. 

Modules listed in the directory may be, exceptionally, substituted with suitable level 7 modules from the School of Mathematical Sciences or School of Physics and Astronomy, at the discretion of the Programme Tutor.

Year Two

The second year of the EuroMasters (Physics pathway) involves a year-long research project within one of the school's research groups, counting for 120 Queen Mary credits.

A total of 120 Queen Mary credits comprising:
PHY7021 Advanced Research Methods (30 credits)
PHY7014 Physics (Euromasters) Project (90 credits)

On your application form for the course you should indicate which subject area you are interested in studying and we will put you in contact with a member of that research group to decide the precise project topic before you arrive. There are three main research areas, organised into Centres:

The Particle Physics Research Centre
The Centre for Research in String Theory
The Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics.

It may also be possible to spend the second year in a research laboratory such as CERN or RAL.
 

Spend year one or two of the Euromasters programme at a partner institute

Our partner Institutes in the Euromasters programme will advertise their own first year courses and second year research projects and you should visit their web sites, linked below, to find out more. The Institute where you spend the second year will award the EuroMasters degree. You are welcome to apply to us here in Queen Mary whether you wish to spend the first or second year in Queen Mary or you can apply to one of our partner Institutes stating that you wish to spend the second year in Queen Mary.

Partner institues offering the Euromaster's MSc:

  • University of Surrey
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Kent
  • Royal Holloway, Univeristy of London

 

 

Entry requirements

This programme requires ATAS clearance. Students who are not EEA or Swiss nationals may require ATAS clearance to undertake this course. The JACS code for this course is F300. Further information on ATAS can be found on our Advice and Counselling webpages.

Entry to the Programme requires a minimum of an upper second honours degree at Bachelors level in physics, or its equivalent. Direct entry to the second year of the programme requires students to have achieved the equivalent of a postgraduate diploma in physics at a SEPnet partner. Entry to either year is subject to availability of appropriate courses and/or projects and the suitability of the applicant for the intended programme.

International applicants:
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here: www.qmul.ac.uk/international/languagerequirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

The Admissions Office can be contacted here: www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/enquiries/index.html

Learning and teaching

The majority of the MSc is delivered through lectures. As a member of a small student cohort you will also have ample access to the academic staff responsible for delivering the lecture courses during their scheduled office hours.

You will have 3 hours of lectures per module and normally four taught modeuls per semester. You will also be expected to undertake a large amount of personal study, reading widely around your subject. 

Additional support is provided by your allocated academic adviser and the supervisor for your research project.

Assessment:
The majority of taught modules are assessed by a final examination (typically 90% of the final mark) and by coursework (typically 10% of the final mark), although individual module mark schemes may vary from this.

The compulsory MSc Physics (Euromasters) project is assessed by the final written report (60% of the final mark), a student presentation and oral examination (30% of the final mark) and performance during the project (10% of the final mark).


Dissertation: 
You will also be assessed on a research project (as above).

 

Fees

Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £6,300

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £12,450

Funding

There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
email bursaries@qmul.ac.uk

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Postgraduates from the Queen Mary School of Physics and Astronomy go on to work in a variety of careers, such as risk analysis, science communication and academia, whilst others pursue their interest in physics and astronomy by undertaking a PhD.

The broad range of skills gained through programmes in this School, coupled with multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled students to move into careers such as:                                 

  • Campaign Analyst - Financial Times
  • Risk Analyst - Equifax
  • Science Communicator - Royal Observatory 
  • Lecturer in Mathematics - King’s College London

Throughout the programme postgraduates have access to careers support to prepare them for applying for work after graduation. Recent career events for the School’s postgraduates include workshops on applying for and doing a PhD, and how to pursue your career aspirations.

Queen Mary’s location between Canary Wharf and the City of London means that there are substantial opportunities for on campus and local part time work during their postgraduate degree. On campus there are 1200 job and volunteer opportunities ranging from E-learning Assistant to Website Administrator and from Society President to Student Mentor. QTemps job agency offers work suitable for current students and recent graduates, QMSU Volunteering facilitates volunteering and QM JobOnline hosts over 800 part time and full time job vacancies.

Read more about our careers programmes and range of work experience opportunities on the QM Careers pages http://www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/.

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