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Physics PhD

University of Pécs Hungary

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Physics Master

University of Antwerp Belgium

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Physical Chemistry PhD

Faculty of Science, Charles University Czech Republic (the)

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Physics MPhil, PhD

Swansea University United Kingdom

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Physics MSc

University of Padua Italy

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Biomedical Technology and Physics Master Degree

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands

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Applied Physics Master Degree

University of Groningen Netherlands

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Physics MPhys

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Physics MSc, PhD

University of Alberta Canada

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Doctoral Program PhD

Abbe School of Photonics Germany

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Quantum Technologies MSc

Distance and Independent Studies Center, University of Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU), Germany Germany

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Geophysics MSc

Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, University of Milan Italy

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Theoretical Physics Master Degree

University of Wroclaw Poland

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Study a Physics Masters abroad in 2024

One of the main branches of science, physics deals with matter and energy. Much like the other areas of science, physics is crucial to our understanding of the world around us, exploring the motion of matter through space and time, as well as mechanics, heat, light, sound, electricity, magnetism and atomic structure.

An undergraduate degree in physics will give you a foundation of knowledge in the area, before covering the more complex concepts in physics. You will study modules on mechanics, fluids, waves and modern physics, among others.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as practical and laboratory sessions.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence the area in which you work post-graduation. Common specialisations include:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Relativity
  • Geophysics
  • Particle Physics
  • Theoretical Physics

If your degree requires you to write a dissertation, this will give you the opportunity to further research a favoured area of physics.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries have different accreditation systems. Generally, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), an integrated Master of Physics (MPhys), or an integrated Master of Science (MSci).

Some degree courses are accredited by a professional body of physics, for example the Institute of Physics (IOP). This is not currently a necessity for employment, and your institution will be able to provide more information about accreditation.

Typically, you can expect an undergraduate degree in physics to take three to four years to complete. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years, when studied full-time.

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of you studies might be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or a PhD, or a graduate certificate or diploma.

Physics graduates will have many career opportunities available to them, both related and unrelated to the subject area. Within physics, you could work in roles such as research and development, technical consultancy, manufacturing, and science education. Outside of physics, you could work in roles such as aerothermal engineer, applications engineer, and wind analyst.

You will have gained a wide range of skills throughout your degree, such as problem solving, logic and reasoning, data analysis and advanced numeracy skills. This skill set will make you an asset in a variety of fields.

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