This booklet has been produced to help graduate students who are seeking information on postgraduate but pre-doctoral courses in physics and cognate subjects in the United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland. Most courses listed are at taught Masters level, a few are by research only, and many have postgraduate diploma and/or postgraduate certificate versions. The main designations listed are: MSc, MA, MRes, PgDip and PgCert.
This information has been compiled primarily from data provided by the departments themselves; where such information was not provided, the department’s website was consulted. Note, however, that you are strongly advised to contact the relevant department for the most up-to-date information because it can change quite frequently. This list is not exhaustive.
Entries in this column generally contain a number followed by a letter. These indicate a course’s duration and its mode of study, e.g., 1F = 1-year full-time, and 2-5P = 2-5 years part-time.
Courses are divided into four major geographical territories: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland & The Republic of Ireland. Within these regions, courses are listed by university in alphabetical order, apart from the institutions of the University of London which are grouped together, as are the universities at Central Lancashire and Lancaster.
In certain cases, departments may specify combinations e.g. C+F.
Occasionally, departments are prepared to accept qualifications which are “equivalent” to the degree specified in the table. Candidates should contact the department concerned if they are in any doubt.
“Related discipline” normally refers to disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, geology, electrical/electronic/chemical/mechanical engineering, biology, medical science, metallurgy, as appropriate to the degree concerned.
Candidates holding certain overseas awards may be required to sit a qualifying examination. They may also need to satisfy the university of their proficiency in English, for example, by presenting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) certificate or a similar qualification, i.e. International English Language Testing System (IELTS). At some universities, overseas students, of good potential but lacking in certain areas of necessary background, may be admitted to a preliminary year of training in the first instance.
Some departments qualify Requirement A by requiring at least an Upper Second (2i) as an entry qualification. Please confirm with the appropriate department.
Classification of courses (Based on the Physics & Astronomy Classification Scheme (PACS) 2001)
Physics of Elementary Particles and Fields
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics