Taught course


University of Leeds · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in physics or a related subject (such as geophysics, natural sciences, or mathematics).

Applicants with engineering degrees will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: astrophysics, quantum physics, biophysics, soft matter, or condensed matter.

Applicants with a chemistry degree will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in mathematics.

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Physics MSc is highly flexible, giving you the opportunity to tailor your course towards your individual career aspirations. Supported by our world-leading physics research, you’ll have the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge through studying a range of topics taught by researchers who are actively working in those fields.

The diverse choice of optional modules means you can focus your studies on your own interests. Alternatively, we offer five suggested pathways focused on individual specialisms:

  • Quantum Condensed Matter

  • Bio Soft Matter Physics

  • Theoretical Physics

  • Physics with Business

  • Physics Applied to Medicine

You’ll also undertake an advanced and extensive research project in one of the School of Physics and Astronomy’s internationally recognised research groups. This will enable you to develop advanced skills in research planning, execution and reporting, possibly leading to publication of your work in an international journal. This will help to prepare you to progress to PhD study, or to work in an industrial or other business-related area.

Course highlights

  • Follow a specialised pathway or take your pick from a diverse range of optional modules.

  • Conduct an extensive research project alongside one of our internationally recognised research groups.

  • During your project, you will have access to our specialist facilities and purpose-built laboratories.

  • Our courses are shaped by our world-leading research in areas such as astrophysics, condensed matter, soft matter, molecular and nanoscale physics, education and theoretical physics.

  • You'll study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building, a brand-new development providing excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team
+44 (0)113 343 0347