Our MSc Physics by Research course is ideal both for graduates who would like to undertake original research without committing themselves to a three-year PhD, and for students who want to gain a research-based Masters before embarking on their PhD.
The Department of Physics 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, Dark Matter, Particle Physics and Biophysics, as well as other areas. Together they form a vibrant, intrernational community dedicated to collaborative research that has a global impact.
Royal Holloway's Physics Department has strong links with leading international facilities, including Rutherford Appleton and the National Physical Laboratory, Oxford Instruments, SNOLAB, CERN, ISIS and Diamond.
Our Masters courses are taught in collaboration with other University of London Colleges, providing you with a wide range of options.
- Major Project
Optional ModulesYou will take three from the following:
- Statistical Mechanics
- Advanced Quantum Theory
- Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields
- Atom and Photon Physics
- Quantum Computation and Communication
- Molecular Physics
- Particle Physics
- Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter
- Theoretical Treatments of Nano-Systems
- Physics at the Nanoscale
- Superfluids, Condensates and Superconductors
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Statistical Data Analysis
- Stellar Structure and Evolution
- Relativity and Gravitation
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Solar Physics
- Solar System
- The Galaxy
- Astrophysical Plasmas
- Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics
Teaching & assessment
This course is assessed by the completion of a major research project (75% of the final mark) as well as other coursework assignments (25% of the final mark).
UK (Honours) degree or equivalent in a relevant subject
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. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer a Pre-Master’s Diploma for International Students (PDIS), a one-year full-time programme that will prepare you for postgraduate study in the UK. For more information please see here.
Your future career
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years, have entered many different areas, including careers in industry, information technology and finance.
This course also equips you with the subject knowledge and a solid foundation for continued studies in physics; around 50% of the graduates of this course progress onto PhD study at Royal Holloway.
Fees & funding
Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £4260
International students tuition fee per year**: £14600
Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course
* and ** These tuition fees apply to students enrolled on a full-time basis. Students studying part-time are charged a pro-rata tuition fee, usually equivalent to approximately half the full-time fee. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on part-time fees. All postgraduate fees are subject to inflationary increases. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see tuition fees and our terms and conditions.
*** 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.