Materials Physics MSc
The development of new Materials is an area that underpins advances in technology in a diverse range of Physics applications. Examples include new Materials to store hydrogen, nonlinear optical Materials for all optical communication, biocompatible Materials, and Materials that will withstand extreme heat and pressure. This course is designed so that the student will be able to make a real contribution to research and development in Materials Physics.
Materials Physics - What's it About?
Throughout this masters course, emphasis is placed on the understanding of the atomistic origin of Material properties, and the characterisation techniques used to probe such properties. The course includes Fundamental Physics topics such as: Bonding and interactions, Atomistic dynamics in solids, Magnetic properties, and Electronic properties. Modules in Applied Physics, such as in Materials synthesis and characterisation and in Process technologies, are also included - that provide understanding and experience in state-of-the-art methodology in key areas of Materials Physics.
An important part of the course is a Research Project, conducted within one of the Physics Research Groups. Our state-of-the-art Facilities include: Electron microscopes, Laser and X-ray spectroscopy facilities, Ion-beam implantation facilities, Nanotechnology fabrication facilities, and our in-house High Performance Computational facility for theoretical research. Physics researchers are also extensive users of International Facilities, such as Neutron sources and Synchrotron sources.
Materials Physics - Course Aims
The Materials Physics MSc masters degree programme:
- provides coherent and detailed information at a suitable level in the area of Materials Physics up to the forefront of the subject - so that students acquire a systematic conceptual understanding of key aspects of Materials Physics, and are able to devise and to sustain arguments and comment on aspects of current research
- develops analytical, critical and problem solving skills - so that students can have an ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry and to solve problems arising at the forefront of the subject
- develops communication and study skills - so that students can communicate information and ideas, manage their own learning and make use of primary research sources and reviews
- develops transferable skills necessary for employment - such as initiative, decision making and ability to undertake further professional training
Materials Physics - Course Content, Structure & Assessment
Click on any of the module titles below to find out detailed information on syllabus, reading texts and full module specification (including assessment information) of components of this Materials Physics MSc course.
Semesters 1 & 2
Structural Analysis & Materials Characterisation
Materials Project (60 credits)
The Materials Physics masters degree is composed of a total of 180 credits. For details of the precise dates of each semester, see the 'MSc Courses Only - Academic Year Calendar'. Please also note that exact course content is subject to change.
Materials Physics MSc - Key Facts
Honours degree in Physics, or a Physics-related subject.
International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in
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