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2016/17 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MSc Physics and Business Management

Programme code:MSC-PHYS/BMUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Samantha Pugh Contact address:s.l.pugh@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

2i in Physics or related subject at BSc, MPhys or equivalent.
2ii with significant industrial experience also considered.
IELTS score not less that 6.5 overall and not less than 6.0 in any individual component.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Physics and Astronomy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Physics and Astronomy

Programme specification:

The programme will provide the opportunity for science graduates to develop business management skills in the context of the high technology sector, whilst at the same time enhancing their Physics knowledge. This is not simply a Physics Masters with a business or management module appended, rather, it provides the opportunity for a balanced study of key topics from both the Physics and business disciplines. In both cases, the available modules have been carefully organised into themes to guide the students to appropriate choices. The core modules have been defined so that all students are provided with an overview of science based industry, its key practices, and some success cases studies, as well as studying the fundamental principles of business management, decision making, and entrepreneurship. The project is a key distinctive feature of the programme, enabling students to apply the academic principles learned from both the scientific and business disciplines in a detailed study of a high technology commercial challenge. Each project will be jointly supervised by a Physics academic to optimise the academic quality of the work from both the scientific and business perspectives.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LUBS5225MStrategic Management15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5020MInterdisciplinary Research Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 105 from the following optional modules:

Choose at least 45 credits of Physics from:

PHYS5016MSoft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5116MBionanophysics 2: Advanced Bionanophysics Research15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5300MSuperconductivity15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5342MSoft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5360MQuantum Transport in Nanostructures15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5410MQuantum Information Science15 credits 
PHYS5431MCurrent Research Topics in Physics15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5800MQuantum Optics15 creditsSemester 1

Up to 30 credits of Science related modules can be taken in place of the above Physics options, with the approval of the Programme Leader.

Choose at least 30 credits of Business modules from

LUBS5221MEffective Decision Making
Pre-requisite for: LUBS5253M
15 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5247MManaging for Innovation
Pre-requisite for: LUBS5980M
15 creditsSemester 1
LUBS5308MBusiness Analytics and Decision Science
Pre-requisite for: LUBS5309M
15 creditsSemester 1

Choose 0-15 credits of Business from

LUBS5209MEntrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation15 creditsSemester 1

Choose at least 15 credits of Business from

LUBS5253MAdvanced Management Decision Making15 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5309MForecasting and Advanced Business Analytics15 creditsSemester 2
LUBS5980MInnovation Management in Practice15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 15/08/2016

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