UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

When we turn on a light or check the weather forecast, we are reaping the practical benefits of physics research. As well as exploring fundamental science, this MSci goes to the cutting edge of technologies that affect everyday life, equipping you with the tools and imagination to address tomorrow's questions. This four'year programme offers an additional year of study on top of the Physics BSc, during which students have the opportunity to specialise further by taking advanced optional courses, and undertaking a research project.

Course Modules

Modules include: Year 1: Classical mechanics; wave motion, optics and acoustics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics; astronomy and cosmology; thermal physics; mathematics for physics; practical skills (includes: experimental physics, computer skills and programming, data analysis, project work). Year 2: Electromagnetic waves and relativity; quantum physics; physics of the solid state; atomic and molecular physics; mathematical methods in physics; practical skills (includes experimental physics, computer usage, electronics, numerical analysis, project work); options (from mathematics; communication of scientific ideas; modern languages; history and philosophy of science; options from other degrees taught within the Department or courses from other departments). Year 3: Experimental physics; group project; theoretical physics (topics in electromagnetic and quantum theory); statistical and solid state physics; nuclear and particle physics; options (from further mathematical methods, applied physics, astronomy, medical physics or space science options; 1 may be from the list of options for 4th year). Year 4: Major project (of a design, computing, experimental, theoretical or mathematical nature); options: 3 units from half and quarter unit modules from the physics (MSci) list including; condensed matter physics; experimental particle physics; particle physics theory; atomic and molecular physics; nuclear physics; mathematics; analytical mechanics; analytical mechanics; non'linear systems and chaos; advanced statistical mechanics; advanced quantum mechanics; plasma physics. Students may also choose from courses offered in other MSci degree lists.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £22,380  Academic year. First year overseas fees
4 years
Full Time
MSci (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • GCE A-level AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 80%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

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82% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 89%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 68%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 87%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

80% Go on to work and/or study

In work 45
Studying 30
Studying and working 5
Unemployed 15
Unknown 10

30% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 61%

Total Coursework: 32%

Total Practical: 7%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation