Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

This course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a 3 year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research'based Master's before embarking on their PhD. The major element of this course is a research project which is carried out under supervision. There is also a minor taught element, with classes covering a wide range of generic research'related topics.

Course Modules

Modules include: Major project and 3 course units from: research review; statistical mechanics; advanced quantum theory; relativistic waves and quantum fields; advanced quantum field theory; electromagnetic theory; galaxy and cluster dynamics; atom and photon physics; quantum computation and communication; molecular physics; particle physics; particle accelerator physics; order and excitations in condensed matter; theoretical treatments of nano'systems; physics at the nanoscale; superfluids, condensates and superconductors; standard model physics and beyond; nuclear magnetic resonance; statistical data analysis; string theory and branes; supersymmetry; stellar structure and evolution; advanced cosmology; relativity and gravitation; astrophysical fluid dynamics; planetary atmospheres; solar physics; solar system; the galaxy; space plasma and magnetospheric physics; extrasolar planets and astrophysical discs; astrophysical plasmas; molecular biophysics; theory of complex networks; equilibrium analysis of complex systems; dynamical analysis of complex systems; mathematical biology; elements of statistical learning.

Course Additional Entry

UK upper 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1) or equivalent. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 overall and a minimum of 5.5 in all other subscores.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate)
2 years
Part Time
MSc (Postgraduate)