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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.

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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:

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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.

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Semester 1

Advanced Quantum Mechanics (15 credits)
Materials & Research Methods (15 credits)
Magnetism (15 credits)

Semester 2

Materials Laboratory (15 credits)
Process Technologies - Thin Film Growth
(15 credits)
Advanced Solid State Physics (15 credits)

Semesters 1 & 2

Structural Analysis & Materials Characterisation
(30 credits)

Semester 3

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

Entry Requirements:  Honours degree in Physics, or a Physics-related subject.  International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in English.

Course Enquiries Service:  T +44 (0)161 295 4545;  Email (EU Students);  Email (International Students)

Academic Enquiries:  Professor Ian Morrison;  T +44 (0)161 295 5303;  Email

Applications:  How to Apply;  Application Form.

IMR - Integration of Materials Research in the Materials & Physics Research Centre
          Materials & Physics Research Centre


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