Taught course

Physics

Institution
University of Sussex · School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A first- or second-class undergraduate honours degree in a physics-based subject (including mathematics and engineering degrees with significant physics content). Those requesting experimental projects must have laboratory experience, and evidence must be supplied, usually in the form of a reference, of competence in the laboratory.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This MSc allows you to specialise in any of the research areas described in Faculty research interests, and particularly the fields of atomic, molecular and optical physics, as well as experimental particle physics.

Additional entry information

Those requesting experimental projects must have laboratory experience, and evidence must be supplied, usually in the form of a reference, of competence in the laboratory.

Assessment

Assessment of this MSc is made up of 50 per cent on a research project and 50 per cent on lecture modules. The research project culminates in your dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk). There are also six lecture modules, typically assessed by a mixture of problem sets with either an open-notes test or an unseen examination. A distinction can be awarded on the basis of excellence in both the research project and the lecture modules.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Course structure (full time)

You take six modules in total from:

Autumn term: Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics • Atom-Light Interactions • Cosmology • Data Analysis Techniques • Further Quantum Mechanics • General Relativity • Programming in C++ • Quantum Field Theory I • Symmetry in Particle Physics, or an option from mathematics, chemistry, biology, or engineering.

Autumn and spring terms: Astronomy Research Skills.

Spring term: Advanced Particle Physics • Astronomical Detector Technology and Instrumentation • Beyond the Standard Model • Early Universe • Electrons, Cold Atoms and Quantum Circuits • Experimental Quantum Technologies and Foundations • Particle Physics Detector Technology • Quantum Field Theory II • Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, or an option from mathematics, chemistry, biology, or engineering.

Up to two of the six modules may also be chosen from:
Spring term: Advanced Condensed State Physics • Galaxies • Lasers • Particle Physics.

Over the year, your time is split equally between taught modules and a research project, with more emphasis on the latter outside the teaching periods.

Course structure (part time)

Distribution of modules between the two years is relatively flexible and agreed between you, your supervisor and the module convenors. However, timetabling of individual modules is constrained and if you have limited availability, you are encouraged to check the timetable prior to registration. Most of your project work naturally falls into the second year.

Information for international students

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33381#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33381#fees
International students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33381#fees

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Services
Email
msc@physics.sussex.ac.uk