2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue
|Programme code:||MSC-PHYS||UCAS code:|
|Duration:||12 Months||Method of Attendance:||Full Time|
|Programme manager:||Dr Adam Sweetman||Contact address:||A.M.Sweetman@leeds.ac.uk|
Total credits: 180
A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in physics or a related subject (such as geophysics, natural sciences, or mathematics).
Applicants with engineering degrees will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: astrophysics, quantum physics, biophysics, soft matter, or condensed matter.
Applicants with a chemistry degree will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in mathematics.
All applicants will need to have GCSE English Language at grade C or above, or an appropriate English language qualification.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.
School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:
School of Physics and Astronomy
Examination board through which the programme will be considered:
Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:
Physics and Astronomy
This programme will allow students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and skills in Physics at the forefront of research in the discipline, to attain a masters qualification that prepares them for further research within academia (PhD) or provides the experience to work in an industrial or other business related area.
Students can choose to study a wide range of optional modules or focus on a particular area of research expertise in the school, according to their interests and future career aspirations.
It is these ‘Pathways’ which are a feature of the programme. Under the umbrella of an MSc in Physics students can specialise in Astrophysics, Bionanophysics, Soft Matter Physics, Condensed Matter Physics, Quantum Technology, Optical Materials or Medical Imaging. Or they can take a diverse range of modules to suit their interests and keep their options open. Students will be advised of suitable module choices at the start of the programme.
Running alongside these modules students will undertake an advanced and extensive research project in one of the school’s internationally recognised research groups. This will enable the student to develop advanced skills in research planning, execution and reporting, possibly leading to publication of their work in an international journal.
Year1 - View timetable
[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]
Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:
|PHYS5022M||MSc Project||90 credits||1 Jan to 31 Jan (13mth), Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|PHYS5431M||Current Research Topics in Physics||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun), 1 Jan to 31 Jan (13mth)|
Candidates will be required to study between 30 and 75 credits from the following optional modules:
|MEDP5312M||Magnetic Resonance Imaging||15 credits||1 Sep to 31 Jan|
|MEDP5317M||Radionuclide Imaging||15 credits|
|MEDP5331M||Medical X-ray Imaging||15 credits||1 Sep to 31 Jan|
|MEDP5332M||X-ray Computed Tomography||15 credits||1 Jan to 30 Jun|
|PHYS5016M||Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS5017M||Quantum Many-Body Physics||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS5100M||Winds, Bubbles and Explosions||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS5117M||Advanced Bionanophysics Research||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS5300M||Superconductivity||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|PHYS5342M||Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS5360M||Quantum Transport in Nanostructures||15 credits||Not running in 202223|
|PHYS5380M||Quantum Field Theory||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan), 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr)|
|PHYS5390M||General Relativity||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS5411M||Quantum Information Science and Technology||15 credits||1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS5530M||Physics of Biological Systems||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
Candidates may study between 0 and 15 credits from the following optional modules:
|PHYS5182M||Advanced Group Industrial Project||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
|PHYS5440M||Advanced Physics in Schools||15 credits||Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)|
Candidates may study between 0 and 45 credits of Level 3 modules from the list below, with approval of the Programme Leader:
|MEDP3512||Magnetic Resonance Imaging||10 credits||1 Sep to 31 Jan|
|MEDP3517||Radionuclide Imaging||10 credits|
|MEDP3531||Medical X-ray imaging||10 credits||1 Sep to 31 Jan|
|MEDP3532||X-ray Computed Tomography||10 credits||1 Jan to 30 Jun|
|PHYS3011||Cosmology||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS3116||Photonics||15 credits||Not running in 202223|
|PHYS3190||Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS3281||Star and Planet Formation||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS3383||Advanced Quantum Physics||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS3390||Quantum Photonics||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS3394||Quantum Matter||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS3422||Magnetism in Condensed Matter||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
|PHYS3441||Statistical Mechanics||15 credits||Not running in 202223|
|PHYS3511||Advanced Mechanics||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS3523||Bionanophysics||15 credits||Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)|
|PHYS3543||Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics||15 credits||Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)|
Students should note that if they choose to take the maximum of 45 credits of non M-level modules, they must pass ALL 135 credits of M-level modules. Even if you pass all 45 credits of non M-level modules but fail 15 credits at M-Level, you will NOT be meeting the requirements for the MSc award. Students must pass a minimum of 135 M-level modules to meet the requirement for an MSc award.
Last updated: 17/10/2022 16:05:15
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