MSc Physics: Condensed Matter Physics
This is a one calendar year full-time MSc in Physics consisting of three streams: Theoretical Physics, Particle Physics and Condensed Matter Physics. The three streams are distinguished by the choice of 60 credit MSc Project and compulsory taught modules.
- Do you want to contribute to an area of cutting-edge research in an awe-inspiring subject?
- Do you want to delve deeper into advanced topics in physics?
- Develop valuable new knowledge and skills?
- Prepare for a research career, or embark on a completely
Whatever your motivation, a postgraduate degree from the School of Physics and Astronomy can help you achieve your ambitions.
The MSc Physics: Condensed Matter Physics programme is one of three different pathways to an MSc in Physics that also includes Particle Physics and Theoretical Physics.
The School of Physics and Astronomy also offers an MSc in Astrophysics and a PGCert in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The aim of the programme is to deepen your understanding of contemporary condensed matter and materials physics, covering advanced concepts and techniques, leaving you well prepared for further doctoral level study and research. The programme will also
enable you to develop skills transferable to a wide range of other careers.
This programme will:
- Teach you the fundamental laws and physical principles, along with their applications, in your chosen area of physics.
- Introduce you to research methodology, and how to manage your own research, making use of journal articles and other primary sources.
- Allow you to communicate complex scientific ideas, concisely, accurately and informatively.
- Instruct you how to use mathematical analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret the mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena.
The MSc Physics: Condensed Matter Physics is available to study full-time over one year.
The programme consists of eight taught and examined modules during the first two semesters and a substantial research project undertaken in the second and third semesters within the condensed matter and materials physics research group at the School of
Physics and Astronomy.
You will be able to take modules from the other University of London colleges (University College London, King's College London or Royal Holloway University of London), as per the list of approved modules.
MSC Physics (Condensed Matter Physics)
|Module Code||Module Name||Period||Level||Credit||Selection Status|
|INK7001U||Theory of Complex Networks||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7003U||Elements of Statistical Learning||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7004U||Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7020U||Lie Groups and Lie Algebras||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7022U||Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7051U||Environmental Remote Sensing||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7066U||Modelling Quantum Many-Body Systems||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7067U||Advanced Condensed Matter||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7069U||Dark Matter and Dark Energy||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INR7003U||Particle Accelerator Physics||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INR7008U||Superfluids, Condensates, and Superconductors||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INR7012U||Physics at the Nanoscale||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INR7014U||Statistical Data Analysis||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INU7001U||Advanced Quantum Theory||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INU7003U||Atom and Photon Physics||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INU7071U||Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7012P||MSc Physics Research Project||YEAR||7||60||Core|
|SPA7018U/P||Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7024U/P||Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7019U/P||Relativity and Gravitation||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7020P||Research Methods for Astrophysics||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7023U/P||Stellar Structure and Evolution||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7027U/P||Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics||SEM1||7||15||Elective|
|INK7002U||Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INK7032U||Standard Model Physics and Beyond||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INK7034U||String Theory and Branes||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INK7037U||Theoretical Treatment of Nano-Systems||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INU7016U||Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INU7022U||Quantum Computation and Communication||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INU7026U||Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INU7056U||Advanced Physical Cosmology||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|INU7067U||Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanic||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7001U/P||Advanced Quantum Field Theory||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7006U/P||Electromagnetic Radiation in Astrophysics||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7008U/P||Electronic Structure Methods||SEM2||7||15||Compulsory|
|SPA7009U/P||Extrasolar Planets and Astrophysical Discs||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7012P||MSc Physics Research Project||YEAR||7||60||Core|
|SPA7031U/P||Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
|SPA7032U/P||An Introduction to Strings and Branes||SEM2||7||15||Elective|
This programme requires international students to have ATAS clearance. The JACS code for this course is F300
We expect students to have at least an upper second class degree in Physics or closely related discipline; in exceptional circumstances students may be admitted with a lower second class degree.
Non-native English speaking applicants would have to achieve at least 6.5 IELTS score and the equivalent in the relevant TOEFL assessment.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of
your English language proficiency. See out international pages for English language entry requirements.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
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