Research course

Laser Physics

Swansea University · Department of Physics
MSc by research

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Take advantage of one of our 100 Master’s Scholarships to study at Swansea University, the Times Good University Guide’s Welsh University of the Year 2017. Postgraduate loans are also available to English and Welsh domiciled students. For more information on fees and funding please visit our website.

The Physics department is always keen to attract high-quality postgraduate students to join our research groups.

The two main research groups within the Department of Physics currently focus on the following areas of research:

Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group

  • Fundamental Atomic Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Material Physics
  • Analytical Laser Spectroscopy

The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group comprises academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.

Particle Physics Theory Group

  • String theory, quantum gravity and the AdS/CFT correspondence
  • Lattice gauge theories, QCD
  • Supersymmetric field theory, perturbative gauge theory
  • Field Theory in curved spacetime
  • Physics beyond the standard model

The Particle Physics Theory Group has fourteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page:

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Physics Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)1792 295720