Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London


Our MSc Physics by Research course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on their PhD. The Department of Physics is known internationally for its top-class research. Our staff carry out research at the cutting edge of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Experimental Quantum Computing, Quantum Matter at Low Temperatures, Theoretical Physics, Dark Matter, Particle Physics and Biophysics, as well as other areas. Together they form a vibrant, international community dedicated to collaborative research that has a global impact. Royal Holloway's Physics Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including Rutherford Appleton and the National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Instruments, SNOLAB, CERN, ISIS and Diamond. Our Masters courses are taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges, providing you with a wide range of options. You'll join a major centre for Physics research-led teaching in the University of London and be part of a friendly, close-knit community. Our research portfolio continues to expand through the exploration of exciting new research directions and strategic research partnerships. We hold a regular series of colloquia and seminars on important research topics and host a number of guest lectures from external organisations.

Entry requirements

UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent.
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Course modules

Modules include: Major project and 3 course units from: research review; statistical mechanics; advanced quantum theory; relativistic waves and quantum fields; advanced quantum field theory; electromagnetic theory; galaxy and cluster dynamics; atom and photon physics; quantum computation and communication; molecular physics; particle physics; particle accelerator physics; order and excitations in condensed matter; theoretical treatments of nano-systems; physics at the nanoscale; superfluids, condensates and superconductors; standard model physics and beyond; nuclear magnetic resonance; statistical data analysis; string theory and branes; supersymmetry; stellar structure and evolution; advanced cosmology; relativity and gravitation; astrophysical fluid dynamics; planetary atmospheres; solar physics; solar system; the galaxy; space plasma and magnetospheric physics; extrasolar planets and astrophysical discs; astrophysical plasmas; molecular biophysics; theory of complex networks; equilibrium analysis of complex systems; dynamical analysis of complex systems; mathematical biology; elements of statistical learning.

Assessment methods

This course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (75% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (25% of the final mark).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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