Advanced Physics MSc

Entry requirements:
2:2 +
1 year
Not available
Start date:
October 2018
UK/EU fees:
International fees:
Study area:
Physics Research



of our research is 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'

REF 2014

Top 10

In the UK for overall student satisfaction

NSS 2016

Top 3

In the UK for learning resources

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Of graduates in work or further study

2015 Graduates


Our Advanced Physics MSc programme aims to equip you with key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research.

Reflecting the research strengths and specialisms of Loughborough's Department of Physics, the Advanced Physics MSc programme combines compulsory modules in superconductivity and nanoscience with options that include quantum computing and solid state physics.

The aim of the Advanced Physics MSc is to equip you with key skills needed for employment in industry, public service or academic research. You will explore very diverse modules which will allow you to apply and communicate your knowledge of Materials Science via the development of an individual project essay, in which you will consider a particular aspect of physics and gain experience in conducting a piece of original applied research.

Your research project will be devoted to one of several topical areas of modern physics including high-temperature superconductivity, terahertz semiconductor and superconductor electronics, quantum computing and quantum metamaterials, and physics of extreme conditions.

We are consistently rated as a top 30 UK science department in national league tables. 70% of our staff research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Experimental facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. Our departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

What makes this programme different?

  • Delivered by internationally renowned experts
  • A wide range of experimental facilities
  • Acquire specialist knowledge at the cutting edge of modern physics

Who should study this programme?

Our Advanced Physics MSc programme is for you if you are looking for an opportunity to apply your broad understanding of basic principles to the solution of a specific and detailed problem pertinent to an area of current research activity.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in science or engineering, or appropriate professional experience.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not. Find out more.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

You will explore very diverse modules, combining compulsory modules in superconductivity and nanoscience with optional modules that include quantum computing and solid state physics.


Our Advanced Physics MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences (15 credits)

This module introduces you to theories and methods originally developed by physicists, in modelling a variety of interdisciplinary sciences including bio-physics, psychophysics and economics. It also develops mathematical skills in preparation for research projects.

Superconductivity and Nanoscience (15 credits)

Obtain an understanding of the principles underlying applied superconductivity and the functioning of superconducting devices.

Research Methods in Physics (15 credits)

Introduces the methods available for searching current literature, to gain experience in conducting a survey of research literature, and to give students an opportunity to learn about the principles of a particular research technique.

Research Project (90 credits)

Undertake an individual research project under the supervision of your departmental supervisor, further developing your research skills and enabling you to make a contribution to the advancement of your subject.

Optional modules

Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics (15 credits)

This module will build your knowledge and understanding of the range of techniques available for characterisation of bulk and thin films with an emphasis on functional materials.

Quantum Information (15 credits)

Your introduction to current ideas on the relation between quantum mechanics and information theory, including applications to communication.

MATLAB as a Scientific Programming Language (15 credits)

Introducing the principles and applications of one of the most commonly used scientific programming languages in electrical engineering.

Advanced Characterisation Techniques (15 credits)

Explores the principles and practicalities of the various forms of microscopy and surface analysis techniques used in materials science.

Quantum Computing (15 credits)

Explains the principles, promises and limitations of quantum computers and their possible physical realisations.

Physics of Complex Systems (15 credits)

Your broad introduction to the ideas, phenomenology and methods of contemporary theory of physics of complex systems. The module will familiarise you with the principal concepts of the field, and to show universality of these concepts in diverse physics problems.

How you'll be assessed

Modules are assessed by a combination of examinations, coursework and group work.

How you'll study

Independent study
Group work
Practical sessions

Your personal and professional development

Our Department of Physics is committed to helping you develop the skills and attributes you need to progress successfully in your chosen career.

Future career prospects

Our Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles.

Graduate destinations

Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls Royce and Intelligent Energy in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level.

Your personal development

Our Advanced Physics MSc programme aims to help you develop the following advanced skills:

  • problem solving
  • experimental, mathematical or computational techniques
  • scientific report writing and presentation skills
  • obtaining and understanding information from the scientific literature
  • the collection and analysis of data or the development of theoretical models.

We aim to provide an environment that gives students opportunities to develop their own interests, self-reliance and career aspirations.

Fees and funding


Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.