Develop your practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area of physics, according to your personal aspirations.
You will combine taught modules with a year-long extended project whereby the course* will help you gain extensive knowledge in a particular subject area, as you develop vital research skills.
You will be taught by experienced academics discussing forefront industry topics such as nanotechnology, space weather and upper atmosphere and applications for micro-fluidic fundamentals.
Work closely with a dedicated academic team who are all active researchers in their own right, and who regularly publish in top physics journals. Visit our academic team pages to find out more about the ways in which we support you and explore our research interests.
Be fully immersed in a rich research environment taught by experts in specialist areas
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*This course is subject to validation.
What you'll study
Your core modules will include your research methods and year-long project. According to your own personal interests, you will choose 2 optional modules from the following:
Research Methodology and Ethics (20 cp)
On this module you'll consider key scientific methods and ethical issues in relation to research in your chosen field. You'll cover the techniques required to carry out a research project and literature, and the critical appraisal of published research work.
Research project (120 cp)
You'll complete your own independent research project - an advanced summary of the tasks and associated skills that are essential to conducting successful scientific research.
Optional modules (choose two)
Medical Imaging (20 cp)
This module introduces you to the tools and techniques used in medical imaging, and related image processing research.
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MRI) imaging and applications in medical diagnostics
- Optical Coherent Tomography (OCT) and its application to medical (e.g. opthalmology) imaging
- diagnostic sonography (US, ultrasonography)
- computed tomography (CT) and X-ray medical imaging.
Imaging Matter: From Atoms to Galaxies (20 cp)
This module explores the tools and techniques used in materials imaging. Your knowledge will be reinforced by both laboratory classes and case studies. Main topics include:
- digital imaging and image processing and image capture (CCD, thermal, video, digital cameras), image enhancement and compression
- the operating principles, applications and limitations of advanced optical microscopy, including polarising light microscopy, fluorescence microscopy and confocal and near field microscopy.
Current Topics in Physics (20 cp)
In this module you will use current scientific literature to answer topical questions in physics and present findings using various media. Topics will be aligned with projects, preparing you for research tasks.
21st Century Scientist (20 cp)
In this innovative module you will gain experience and confidence presenting your research using a wide range of media, including interviews, YouTube-style videos, press releases, blog articles, informal discussions and infographics.
Advanced Quantum Mechanics (20 cp)
In this module you will cover some of the greatest intellectual achievements of physics including the explanation of the universe on the smallest length scale. This will be offered on alternate years.
General Relativity (20 cp)
You will cover Einstein's greatest theory which describes the working of the large-scale universe including the curved space-time, black holes and gravitational waves. This will be offered on alternate years.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.
Learning a new language can:
- Enhance your communication skills;
- Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
- Boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the ULP.
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
How you're taught
You will learn through:
- case studies
- experimental based work
- image analysis
Careers and employability
Industry will value the skills you have acquired including team-work, expertise in communication, hands-on experience and technical know-how. The course provides great foundations for a career across a range of industries and roles such as business analysts, physicists, management and financial traders. In addition, the course is a good basis to study towards PhD research.