University of Kent, School of Physical Sciences

Introduction

The School of Physical Sciences is situated in a newly refurbished teaching and laboratory building on the Canterbury Campus of the University of Kent.

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. SPS will welcome its first cohort of Chemistry undergraduates in 2013. A number of our programmes also offer opportunities to study abroad, after which students are able to acquire employment prospects both within and outside the UK.

There are just over 800 students and 30 full time academic staff within the School, along with a growing number of clerical, administrative and support staff. Our student and staff community come from a diverse range of backgrounds and from all over the world. SPS graduates do very well in the employment market as a result of our high-quality teaching, and the Department maintains good links with our alumni who return to talk to current students or for further study. Many of our alumni around the world also occupy prominent positions in the public sector, in industry and in academia.

SPS is a dynamic department achieving national and international excellence in both teaching and research. The research is led by four groups: Applied Optics, the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Forensic Imaging and Functional Materials. The Functional Materials Group was awarded a rating of 3.05 in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (most recent RAE) which placed the group second nationally in its discipline. We have numerous collaborative links with colleagues in other 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 become involved in our teaching and outreach activities. The recent expansion has meant that our research expertise as a School has increased, particularly in the field of Chemistry which has further developed our standing in Materials Chemistry.

SPS has also developed a very active Outreach programme within schools and professional institutions at both local and national level. We hold an annual Space School in the summer holidays for students aged 11-18 years old which is highly popular, and in 2013 held our first Forensic Science weekend. We take our various talks and demonstrations, such as ‘Cool Physics’ out to schools as well as our mobile planetarium, the Astrodome.

The School is also part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet), a consortium of nine world-class universities whose aim is to change the face of physics, by leading the way with high quality research, teaching and outreach activities.

This is an exciting time for the School with new facilities, a new Chemistry programme and new academic experts joining us to compliment our expanding student population.

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MSc; MPhil; PhD - Chemistry

Campus Full time August 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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 2016 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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Website http://www.kent.ac.uk/