University of Sussex

University of Sussex


This course 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.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2nd 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.

Course modules

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: 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. 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 2nd year.

Assessment methods

Assessment 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 6 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.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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