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4866F - Physics MRes

Physics MRes

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Start in: September 2022

Gain advanced research skills and knowledge with our MRes Physics. It prepares you for a PhD or a career in a commercial research and development environment.


This research master's in physics 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.

Your topic of study will be either experimental or theoretical, in one of our areas of physics research.

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What you'll learn

During the taught part of the MRes Physics you'll gain:

  • advanced knowledge and understanding your chosen area of physics research
  • an understanding of the core principles of research

Depending on your topic, this may include:

  • training in fabrication and characterisation of advanced materials in cleanroom facilities
  • modules in quantum fluids, astrophysics and geophysics, and solid-state physics
  • training in advanced programming and using high-performance computing facilities
  • training in experimental analytic techniques such as spectroscopy

You'll also receive training in general research skills and principles, and other professional skills.


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional skills

You'll develop advanced research skills and knowledge during the taught element of the programme. The initial modules train and encourage you to take ownership of your own learning.

You'll be able to use these skills you develop to tackle a research project of technological or fundamental importance. The extended project will provide excellent opportunities for independent learning and critical thinking.

During the programme, you'll develop a broad range of in-demand technical skills for your future career in academia, industry or business. These will include industrially relevant skills such as:

  • working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory environment
  • advanced scientific programming (theoretical stream)

Your future

Graduate destinations

The MRes Physics will be at the forefront of research-led teaching and professional development. You'll graduate with a strong and in-demand portfolio of research skills.

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

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


If you're undertaking the experimental stream, you'll be able to carry out your project in modern research facilities. 

If you're undertaking the theoretical stream, you'll be able to access our high-performance-computing facility with over 5000 cores and 500TB of storage.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2022 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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  • additional costs
  • living costs
  • tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2022 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

For queries about this course please contact:

Postgraduate Secretary
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6960


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