Physics MRes

Physics MRes

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months


Our Physics MRes gives you advanced research skills and knowledge in physics and prepares you for a PhD or a career in a commercial research and development (R&D) environment.

About this course

Our Physics MRes gives you:

  • advanced research skills and knowledge in physics
  • problem-solving skills 
  • quantitative analysis knowledge 

You'll be suitable for the programme if you have a BSc in physics, or a closely related subject such as mathematics, chemistry or engineering.

A major part of the programme is to work within a research group. You'll employ modern techniques and equipment to tackle a problem of fundamental or technological importance.


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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

Modules for 2019 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.


Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

The programme will be at the forefront of research-led teaching and professional development. You will graduate with a strong and in-demand portfolio of research skills. These will include industrially relevant skills such as working in a clean room environment and growing semiconductor thin films in the experimental stream, and advanced scientific programming for the computational stream.

Our postgraduate research students can progress to a variety of careers in the following sectors:

  • academia
  • finance and commerce
  • software development
  • data analysis
  • semiconductor industry
  • government

Graduate destinations

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Work experience

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Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • physics
  • mathematics 
  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • a related subject such as mechanical engineering, computer science or chemistry

For the Physics (Experimental), MRes you should demonstrate a strong grasp of solid-state physics and/or relevant experience of experimental physics. 

For the Physics (Theoretical), MRes you should demonstrate a strong grasp of theoretical physics and/or scientific computing.  

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

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English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

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If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

You apply for either the Physics (Experimental), MRes or Physics (Theoretical), MRes

In your personal statement, please state your preferred research theme/s from those listed below. You may choose up to three themes, giving an order of preference. In your personal statements you should explain why this theme/themes interest you.

Physics (Experimental), MRes themes 

  • renewable energy
  • photonics 
  • 2D materials and sensing
  • materials for low-cost environmental sensing
  • nanoelectronics technology

Physics (Theoretical), MRes themes 

  • astrophysics and geophysics
  • cosmology and quantum gravity 
  • quantum fluids and turbulence
  • materials modelling from first principles
  • quantum matter and quantum technologies

Start dates and Fee

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.


If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.