University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences

Introduction

The School of Physical Sciences at Kent has an excellent reputation for research and teaching, and is located on the Canterbury campus of the University of Kent in a newly renovated teaching and laboratory building, following an investment of £10 million.

The School is part of the Faculty of Sciences and offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate taught and research programmes in Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics. Our Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics undergraduate programmes offer the opportunity to spend a year working in industry, while our Physics and Astronomy undergraduate programmes give our students the chance to spend a year studying at one of our partner campuses abroad.

The School offers postgraduate research Masters and PhDs in Physics and Chemistry, plus a one-year taught postgraduate Forensic Science Masters programme and a two-year postgraduate Physics Euromasters course, consisting of one year taught and one year research.

Our programmes are consistently rated highly for graduate prospects in tables such as the Guardian University Guide, and two of our subjects are in the top ten for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey for overall satisfaction.

Our students have access to first-class research facilities housing state-of-the-art equipment, including a full characterisation suite for materials. All students also have access to the new Beacon Observatory, used in both teaching and for research purposes.

Research in the School covers topics within physics, astronomy and chemistry, from theoretical work on surfaces to mainstream experimental condensed matter physics, astrobiology, space science and astrophysics, and applied areas such as biomedical and forensic imaging. The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials.

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by the School of Physical Sciences was ranked 7th in the UK for research impact and a demonstration of its importance to industry and the public sector. An impressive 100% of our physics research and 98% of our chemistry research was judged to be of international quality, and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of research of international excellence in both cases.

The School is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities. We also have numerous collaborative links with universities and research institutions, both in the UK and overseas. Our research effort is constantly expanding with a significant growth in our academic staff and a subsequent growing number of postgraduate research students – who often become involved in our teaching and outreach activities.

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MSc; MPhil; PhD - Chemistry

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows. [+]

MSc; MPhil; PhD - Chemistry Research programmes Chemistry: MSc; MPhil; PhD Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows. There are currently about 30 research students in Physical Sciences. A number of maintenance grants and awards are available each year for postgraduate students. Research is supported by grants from industry, the Research Councils, the Royal Society, charitable foundations and internal funds. External funding for equipment and research exceed £1 million per year. In order to apply for a research programme, you will need to put forward a research proposal and find an academic member of staff who may be able to supervise your proposed topic. [-]

MSc; MPhil; PhD - Physics

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows. [+]

MSc; MPhil; PhD - Physics Research programmes Physics: MSc; MPhil; PhD Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows. There are currently about 30 research students in Physical Sciences. A number of maintenance grants and awards are available each year for postgraduate students. Research is supported by grants from industry, the Research Councils, the Royal Society, charitable foundations and internal funds. External funding for equipment and research exceed £1 million per year. In order to apply for a research programme, you will need to put forward a research proposal and find an academic member of staff who may be able to supervise your proposed topic. [-]

MSc in Physics (EuroMasters)

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

We are now recruiting for the MSc EuroMasters in Physics. When applying, look for: MSc - Master of Science Taught; Euromasters in Physics. [+]

European Masters in Physics (MSc) @ Kent EuroMasters 2014-15 We are now recruiting for the MSc EuroMasters in Physics. When applying, look for: MSc - Master of Science Taught Euromasters in Physics The Cost: Annual tuition fees are 2/3 of the annual fee for standard postgraduate taught. Further reductions are made to encourage Kent undergraduates to continue their studies. Studentships are available; please indicate your interest in applying for a studentship when making your application for the course. Please note the following programme of 8 Modules for students starting in 2013-14: PH709 - Space Astronomy and Solar System Science PH711 - Rocketry and Human Space Flight PH712 - Cosmology and Interstellar Medium PH722 - Particle and Quantum Physics PH751 - Research Review PH752 - Magnetism and Superconductivity PS700 - Physical Science Research Planning PS701 - Topics in Functional Materials [-]

Taught MSc in Forensic Science

Campus Full time August 2017 United Kingdom Canterbury

The taught MSc in Forensic Science is an exciting new Master’s programme which prepares you for a professional role in forensic science within the criminal or civil judicial systems. [+]

Taught MSc in Forensic Science The taught MSc in Forensic Science is an exciting new Master’s programme which prepares you for a professional role in forensic science within the criminal or civil judicial systems, the Police, forensic practice, or research. It is specifically aimed at graduates with a strong grounding in forensic science who wish to advance their knowledge beyond a three-year degree. Key Features The taught MSc in Forensic Science allows you to develop command, control and management skills in relation to major incidents and gain the ability to present expert evidential incident reports in court to the highest standard. You also develop your knowledge and understanding of advanced laboratory analytical methods applied to forensic investigation. Employability The School of Physical Sciences was placed third for job prospects in The Times Good University Guide 2009. Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 90% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2010 found a job or further study opportunity within six months. Accreditation The School of Physical Sciences is one of only five institutes nationally to be fully accredited by the Forensic Science Society and endorsed by SkillsMark under the Skills for Justice programme Scholarship The MSc in Forensic Science has a scholarship - Postgraduate Scholarships State of the Art Facilities As a student of the taught MSc in Forensic Science you will have access to newly refurbished state-of-the-art laboratories as well as access to first-class facilities. These facilities include a dedicated firearms and ballistics kit, forensic investigation equipment, FT-IR microscopy, NMR spectrometers (including resolutions at 600 MHz), Raman spectrometer, X-ray fluorescence, atomic absorption and scanning electron microscopy. Our Experts As a student of the taught MSc in Forensic Science you will be working with expert staff at the forefront of their fields. You will be able to take advantage of leading research expertise such as our innovative Forensic Imaging team who are developing a computerised photo-fit system and new methods for producing images in facial recognition. Our taught MSc in Forensic Science students will also benefit from industry specialist lecturers from the Home Office, the Forensic Science Service and the Forensic Explosives Laboratory. Programme Content The taught MSc in Forensic Science comprises two stages over the year. In stage one, you undertake the seven core modules. There are no optional modules available. The taught component is delivered over the first two terms. At the beginning of the second term, you are assigned an academic supervisor for your dissertation project which you undertake during stage two of the programme. The dissertation is completed over the summer. To proceed to stage two, you are required to pass all modules with a minimum of 40%. Students who successfully complete stage one, but do not complete the dissertation, will be eligible for the award of postgraduate diploma. Core Modules Forensic DNA Analysis Fires and Explosions Physical Science Research Planning Substances of Abuse Incident Management Advanced Laboratory Techniques MSc Research Project Assessment Assessment is by examination and coursework. Entry requirements This course is for graduates with a strong grounding in forensic science who wish to advance their knowledge of the field. Our entry requirements are therefore a minimum of a 2.1 degree in Forensic Science or in or in a forensic-related discipline such as Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Forensic Biology. Applications are welcomed from international students who hold a relevant qualification from an internationally recognised institution. [-]

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