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Masters Degrees in Physics in the UK

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Physics PhD

University of Kent United Kingdom

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Physical Geography MPhil, PhD

Swansea University United Kingdom

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Secondary Physical Education PGCE

Sheffield Hallam University United Kingdom

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Mathematical Physics PhD, MPhil, MSc, MSc(Res)

University of Edinburgh United Kingdom

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PGCE Secondary School Direct Science: Physics (11-16 or 11-18) PGCE

University of Manchester, School of Environment, Education and Development United Kingdom

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Chemical Research (Physical Chemistry) MSc

University of Leicester United Kingdom

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Physics PhD

University of Bath United Kingdom

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Physics BSc (Hons), MPhys

Coventry University United Kingdom

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Physics (Distance Learning) PhD

University of Portsmouth United Kingdom

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Physical Education, Sport and Physical Literacy MA

University of Wales Trinity Saint David United Kingdom

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Secondary (Science with Physics) PGCE

University of Plymouth United Kingdom

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Physical Chemistry PhD

University of Leeds United Kingdom

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Study a Physics Masters in the UK 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.

Study in the UK

The UK is a popular destination for international students who want to study abroad. With a wide range of universities offering a variety of courses, there are so many opportunities that students might not be able to find elsewhere. Each university will pride itself on offering high quality education from leading teaching professionals. A qualification gained in the UK will be well regarded across the globe, making an education in the UK a great investment in your future. As well as this, there are many highly ranked universities in the UK, around 17 of which are consistently appearing in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings.

See our detailed guide to studying in the UK for international students.

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