Please note that this degree is now closed for 2021 entry. Please see our alternative Physics.
This two-year MSc offers access to an exceptionally wide range of expertise linked with world-leading research.
The first year consists of taught courses on six selected modules; the second research year is a unique opportunity to develop research experience aligned with the department's research expertise and collaborations with physics research groups and partner institutions in both the UK and Europe.
The Department of Physics at Royal Holloway is known internationally for its top-class research. Our staff carry out research at the cutting edge of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Experimental Quantum Computing, Quantum Matter at Low Temperatures, Theoretical Physics, and Biophysics, as well as other areas.
With access to some of the leading physics research in the world, there is a wide choice of accommodation options, sporting facilities, international student organisations and careers services. South East England, with its close connections to continental Europe by air, Eurotunnel, and cross channel ferries, is an ideal environment for international students.
Core ModulesYear 1
- All modules are optional
- Major Project
There are a number of optional course modules available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course modules that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new modules may be offered or existing modules may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.Year 1
- Lie Groups and Lie Algebras
- Quantum Theory
- Statistical Mechanics
- Phase Transitions
- Advanced Quantum Theory
- Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics
- Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields
- Advanced Quantum Field Theory
- Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory
- Advanced Topics in Classical Field Theory
- Formation and Evolution of Stellar Clusters
- Advanced Physical Cosmology
- Atom and Photon Physics
- Advanced Photonics
- Quantum Computation and Communication
- Quantum Electronics of Nanostructures
- Molecular Physics
- Particle Physics
- Particle Accelerator Physics
- Modelling Quantum Many-Body Systems
- Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
- Theoretical Treatments of Nano-Systems
- Physics at the Nanoscale
- Electronic Structure Methods
- Computer Simulation in Condensed Matter
- Superfluids, Condensates and Superconductors
- Advanced Condensed Matter
- Standard Model Physics and Beyond
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Statistical Data Analysis
- String Theory and Branes
- Stellar Structure and Evolution
- Relativity and Gravitation
- Astroparticle Cosmology
- Electromagnetic Radiation in Astrophysics
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Solar Physics
- Solar System
- The Galaxy
- Astrophysical Plasmas
- Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
- Extrasolar Planets and Astrophysical Discs
- Environmental Remote Sensing
- Molecular Biophysics
- Cellular Biophysics
- Theory of Complex Networks
- Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems
- Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems
- Mathematical Biology
- Elements of Statistical Learning
- All modules are core
Teaching & assessment
This high quality European Masters programme follows the European method of study and involves a year of research working on pioneering projects.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework, examinations and a dissertation.
Physics or a related subject such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Materials, Electronics or Engineering.
Normally we require a UK 2:1 (Honours) or equivalent and a UK 1st Honours degree in relevant subjects but we will consider high 2:2 or relevant work experience. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area may be considered. Where a ‘good 2:2’ is considered, we would normally define this as reflecting a profile of 57% or above. Candidates are usually invited for interview. Those unable to attend, such as overseas students, may be interviewed by telephone.
International & EU requirements
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. No subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 54. No subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
This course equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued studies in physics, and many of our graduates have gone on to study for a PhD.
On completion of the course graduates will have a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of the discipline a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different physics-related areas, including careers in industry, information technology and finance.
Fees & funding
Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £8,100
EU and International students tuition fee per year**: £17,200
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course.
Delivering 120 ECTS credits, the Euromasters is in a unique position to offer compressed fees across your two-year study period. Students following this two-year pathway will pay for only nine months study in the first twelve months study period and the same again in the second study year. This amounts to a fee saving of 25%, which you can use to support your day-to-day living expenses.
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying on the standard part-time course structure over two years are charged 50% of the full-time applicable fee for each study year.
All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. This means that the overall cost of studying the programme via part-time mode is slightly higher than studying it full-time in one year. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees see our terms and conditions. Please note that for research programmes, we adopt the minimum fee level recommended by the UK Research Councils for the Home tuition fee. Each year, the fee level is adjusted in line with inflation (currently, the measure used is the Treasury GDP deflator). Fees displayed here are therefore subject to change and are usually confirmed in the spring of the year of entry. For more information on the Research Council Indicative Fee please see the RCUK website.
** For EU nationals starting a degree in 2021/22, the UK Government has recently confirmed that you will not be eligible to pay the same fees as UK students. This means you will be classified as an international student. At Royal Holloway, we wish to support those students affected by this change in status through this transition. For eligible EU students starting their course with us in September 2021, we will award an automatic fee reduction which brings your fee into line with the fee paid by UK students. This will apply for the duration of your course.
*** These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing, have not been included.