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Physics MSc

  • Level(s) of Study: Postgraduate taught
  • Start Date(s): September 2023
  • Duration: One year full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

What does a 21st Century physicist look like? You will learn to communicate to a broad audience and make physics accessible for all on current topics in physics. You will present your understanding through innovative techniques including vlogging, infographics, patents, apps, outreach experiments and articles for The Conversation.

Work closely with a dedicated academic team who are all active researchers in their own right, and who regularly publish in top physics journals. Visit our academic team pages to find out more about the ways in which we support you and explore our research interests.

  • Top 10 in the UK for teaching quality in physics (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)

What you’ll study

Your core modules will include your research methods and research project.

Core modules

Professional Physicist (20 cp)

On this module you'll consider key scientific methods and ethical issues in relation to research in your chosen field. You'll cover the techniques required to carry out a research project and literature, and the critical appraisal of published research work.

Research project (60 cp)

You'll complete your own independent research project - an advanced summary of the tasks and associated skills that are essential to conducting successful scientific research.

Medical Imaging (20 cp)

This module introduces you to the tools and techniques used in medical imaging, and related image processing research.

Topics include:

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MRI) imaging and applications in medical diagnostics
  • Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) and its application to medical (e.g. opthalmology) imaging
  • diagnostic sonography (US, ultrasonography)
  • computed tomography (CT) and X-ray medical imaging.

Imaging Matter: From Atoms to Galaxies (20 cp)

This module explores the tools and techniques used in materials imaging. Your knowledge will be reinforced by both laboratory classes and case studies. Main topics include:

  • digital imaging and image processing and image capture (CCD, thermal, video, digital cameras), image enhancement and compression
  • the operating principles, applications and limitations of advanced optical microscopy, including polarising light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and confocal and near field microscopy.

Current Topics in Physics (20 cp)

In this module you will use current scientific literature to answer topical questions in physics and present findings using various media. Topics will be aligned with projects, preparing you for research tasks.

21st Century Scientist (20 cp)

In this innovative module you will gain experience and confidence presenting your research using a wide range of media, including interviews, YouTube-style videos, press releases, blog articles, informal discussions and infographics.

Advanced Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computing (20 cp)

In this module you will cover some of the greatest intellectual achievements of physics including the explanation of the universe on the smallest length scale. This will be offered on alternate years.

General Relativity (20 cp)

You will cover Einstein's greatest theory which describes the working of the large-scale universe including the curved space-time, black holes and gravitational waves. This will be offered on alternate years.

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Find out more about the ULP.

Hands-on physics

At NTU, we are all about hands-on learning and sharing our passion for our subjects. See our Physics students who organised an outreach event at Nottingham Castle and shared the wonders of physics with the public.
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How you’re taught

You will learn through:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • research
  • case studies
  • experimental based work
  • image analysis

Contact hours

Lectures / seminars / workshops (20%) and independent study (80%)

Staff Profiles

Haida Liang

Distinguished Professor

School of Science & Technology

Haida Liang Heritage Science

Fouzia Ouali

Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Fouzia Ouali

Rob Morris

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Rob Morris

Daniel Brown

Associate Professor

School of Science & Technology

Daniel Brown

How you’re assessed

Coursework (67%), written (24%) and practical (9%)

Careers and employability

Industry will value the skills you have acquired including team-work, expertise in communication, hands-on experience and technical know-how. The course provides great foundations for a career across a range of industries and roles such as business analysts, physicists, management and financial traders. In addition, the course is a good basis to study towards PhD research.

Re:search Re:imagined

To us, research is about more than writing papers and proposing new ideas. By daring to think differently, we’re disrupting the research landscape and finding the answers to the questions that really matter. From conservation management to sustainable farming, we’re inspiring the brightest minds to rise up and find solutions to some of the most significant global challenges facing society.

Find out more

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • You will need a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a range of physics-based degrees, engineering or related disciplines.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience will also be considered.
  • NTU may admit a student with advanced standing beyond the beginning of a course, through an assessment of that student's prior learning, whether it is certificated or uncertificated. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available to these prospective students, such as recognising experiential learning or transferring to a similar course at another institution, otherwise known as credit transfer.

    All prospective students who wish to apply via Recognition of Prior Learning should initially contact the central Admissions and Enquiries Team who will be able to support you through the process.

You will need:

  • You will need a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) from a range of physics-based degrees, engineering or related disciplines.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Postgraduate preparation courses (Pre-Masters)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Pre-Masters courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £8,800 £15,850

Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

For guidance, course fees for September 2022 entry are:

Study routeUK International / EU
Full-time £8,800 £15,850

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your postgraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. We are now accepting applications for this course. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Apply online through our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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