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Master in Physics (EuroMasters)


This two year MSc (120 ECTS) programme is offered by the Department of Physics at Royal Holloway as part of its membership of the SEPnet (South East Physics Network).

The programme is primarily aimed at:

  • Students from mainland Europe wishing to undertake Master-level training in the UK.
  • International students from outside the EU wishing to undertake a programme of Masters training. The Masters in Physics provides pre-doctoral training, which qualifies students to pursue a PhD anywhere in Europe.

Why study your Euromasters at Royal Holloway?

Our programme

  • Our programme offers an exceptionally wide choice of courses in your first year.
  • The programme reflects the fact that your interests may develop and change as you pursue your studies.

Our research

 We host a number of major research centres, which means you can take your research project with one of these groups or be jointly supervised with one of our local collaborators.

Our collaborators include Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus (including ISIS neutron spallation source and DIAMOND synchrotron x-ray scattering facility); National Physical Laboratory,Oxford Instruments (Nanoscience) and SEPnet.

Our flexibility

  • You can stay at Royal Holloway for your research year.
  • Or you can exploit the flexibility of SEPnet to move between SEPnet institutions at the end of your first year.

Our scholarships 

  • A limited number of scholarships may be open to students from the EU.

What you'll learn

The first year of the Euromasters comprises:

  • lecture courses
  • research review
  • individual research project (including key skills training).

In your first year you will take six taught modules from the list below, including PH4110 Research Review. You will also conduct a double-module (15 ECTS) Project PH4100.

The first year modules are taught by members of the University of London MSci consortium.

List of modules

Code Course title ECTS
PH4100 Project 15 comp.
PH4110 Research Review  7.5 comp.
PH4211 Statistical Mechanics  7.5 option
PH4226 Advanced Quantum Theory  7.5 option
PH4242 Relativistic Waves & Quantum Fields  7.5 option
PH4261 Electromagnetic Theory  7.5 option
PH4317 Galaxy and Cluster Dynamics  7.5 option
PH4421 Atom and Photon Physics  7.5 option
PH4427 Quantum Computation & Communication  7.5 option
PH4431 Molecular Physics 7.5 option
PH4442 Particle Physics  7.5 option
PH4450 Particle Accelerator Physics  7.5 option
PH4472 Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter  7.5 option
PH4473 Theoretical Treatments of Nano-systems  7.5 option
PH4474 Physics at the Nanoscale  7.5 option
PH4478 Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors  7.5 option
PH4512 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance  7.5 option
PH4515 Computing & Statistical Data Analysis  7.5 option
PH4600 Stellar Structure and Evolution  7.5 option
PH4601 Advanced Cosmology  7.5 option
PH4602 Relativity and Gravitation  7.5 option
PH4603 Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics  7.5 option
PH4630 Planetary Atmospheres  7.5 option
PH4640 Solar Physics  7.5 option
PH4650 Solar System 7.5 option
PH4660 The Galaxy 7.5 option
PH4670 Astrophysical Plasmas 7.5 option
PH4680 Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics 7.5 option

The Department holds a regular series of colloquia and seminars on important research topics. Students are encouraged to attend these as well as some of the guest lectures from external organisations that we host. Recent speakers came from Oxford Instruments, the National Physical Laboratory and the Rutherford-Appleton Laboratory.

The research project in year 1 is supervised by a member of academic staff at Royal Holloway and you’ll be embedded in one of our research groups (see next tab). The year 1 project provides training in the methods, techniques and skills important for successful research. It’ll also prepare you for a larger scale project in year 2, which may be in a different research area. There is a strong element of generic communication skills training through the preparation of a written report and both oral and poster presentations.

You will select your project before the start of the course so we encourage you to express a preference for a particular research area as soon as you feel able to do so. A detailed list of possible projects will be available.

In year 2 you’ll be embedded in a research group at Royal Holloway working here or as part of a collaboration with a partner institution. Your primary project supervisor will be at Royal Holloway.

Research centres at Royal Holloway

• Centre for Particle Physics

• John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (in collaboration with University of Oxford)

• NExT Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (in collaboration with Universities of Southampton and Sussex)

• London Low Temperature Laboratory (member of European MicroKelvin Collaboration)

• Centre for Nanophysics & Nanotechnology

 Hubbard Theory Consortium for Theory of Condensed Matter (in collaboration with ISIS facility, Harwell Campus, and London Centre for Nanotechnology).

• We collaborate closely with the National Physical Laboratory, ISIS neutron spallation source and the DIAMOND synchrotron x-ray scattering facility. Some projects may involve work at these nearby institutions/facilities.

• The Particle Physics group works at LHC.

Research areas and project supervisors

• Quantum Matter (strongly correlated electron systems and frustrated magnets) - Jon Goff, Phillipp Niklowitz.

•  Quantum Matter (quantum fluids and solids) -  Andrew Casey, Brian Cowan, Chris Lusher, John Saunders.

• Theory of Condensed Matter and Cold Atoms - Andrew Ho,Piers Coleman, Matthias Eschrig.

• Quantum Information Processing - Grégoire Ithier, Phil Meeson, James Nicholls, Victor Petrashov.

• Nanophysics and Nanotechnology -  Vladimir Antonov, Meeson, Nicholls, Petrashov

• Biodiagnostics -  Antonov, Casey, Lusher

• Experimental Particle Physics at LHC -  Tracey Berry, Veronique Boisvert, Cowan, Pedro Teixeira-Dias

• Accelerator Science -  Stewart Boogert,  Pavel Karataev.

• Particle Physics Phenomenology -  Nikolas Kauer,Stephen West

• Vision and Signal Processing -  Stuart Flockton.

Research training

In your second year, as part of your research project, you’ll participate in graduate-level research training on topics related to the project, through directed study, seminars and lectures. Typically, you’ll take four modules from the current list on offer. 

This includes low temperature techniques, nano physics, nanofabrication techniques, vacuum techniques, neutron scattering, nuclear magnetic resonance, theory of strongly correlated quantum matter, techniques in accelerator science, analysis techniques for particle physics, trigger and data acquisition in particle physics, neutrino physics, introduction to machine physics and double beta decay primer.

You’re also encouraged to attend and participate in the Department’s journal clubs.



How to apply

Apply directly to Royal Holloway, University of London, if:

  • You wish to spend both years at Royal Holloway
  • You wish to spend your first year at Royal Holloway

You must apply online using Royal Holloway Direct, and if you need more information or have a specific enquiry, please fill out our online form.

Alternatively you may contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Physics
Royal Holloway University of London
TW20 0EX

Phone: +44 (0)1784 443485
Fax: +44 (0)1784 472794


If you're keen to get involved in outreach activities, such as presenting your research to the general public and young people, we will provide training.

These activities will be supervised by the Department's Outreach Officer.

Find out more.

Women in Physics

There is a Women in Physics  group for women researchers i n the Department. 

We are a Project Juno supporter, which aims to promote the careers of women in physics.




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