Our Advanced Physics MSc programme aims to equip you with key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research.

Reflecting the research strengths and specialisms of Loughborough's Department of Physics, the Advanced Physics MSc programme combines compulsory modules in superconductivity and nanoscience with options that include quantum computing and solid state physics.

The aim of the Advanced Physics MSc is to equip you with key skills needed for employment in industry, public service or academic research. You will explore very diverse modules which will allow you to apply and communicate your knowledge of Materials Science via the development of an individual project essay, in which you will consider a particular aspect of physics and gain experience in conducting a piece of original applied research.

Your research project will be devoted to one of several topical areas of modern physics including high-temperature superconductivity, terahertz semiconductor and superconductor electronics, quantum computing and quantum metamaterials, and physics of extreme conditions.

We are consistently rated as a top 30 UK science department in national league tables. 70% of our staff research is rated as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (REF 2014).

Experimental facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. Our departmental observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

What makes this programme different?

  • Delivered by internationally renowned experts
  • A wide range of experimental facilities
  • Acquire specialist knowledge at the cutting edge of modern physics

Who should study this programme?

Our Advanced Physics MSc programme is for you if you are looking for an opportunity to apply your broad understanding of basic principles to the solution of a specific and detailed problem pertinent to an area of current research activity.

Entry requirements

An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in science or engineering, or appropriate professional experience.

English Language requirements

All applicants for admission to Loughborough University must have a qualification in English Language before they can be admitted to any course or programme, whether their first language is English or not.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

What you'll study

You will explore very diverse modules, combining compulsory modules in superconductivity and nanoscience with optional modules that include quantum computing and solid state physics.


Our Advanced Physics MSc covers a wide range of topics; to give you a taster we have expanded on some of the core modules affiliated with this programme and the specific assessment methods associated with each module.

Compulsory modules

  • Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences (15 credits)
  • Superconductivity and Nanoscience (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Physics (15 credits)
  • Research Project (90 credits)

Optional modules

  • Characterisation Techniques in Solid State Physics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Information (15 credits)
  • MATLAB as a Scientific Programming Language (15 credits)
  • Advanced Characterisation Techniques (15 credits)
  • Quantum Computing (15 credits)
  • Physics of Complex Systems (15 credits)

Future career prospects

Our Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles.

Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls Royce and Intelligent Energy in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level.

Program taught in:
  • English

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This course is Campus based
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1 year
9,500 GBP
UK/EU students. International fees: £21,000.
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