Year of entry 2023
- Start date
- September 2023
- Delivery type
- On campus
- 12 months full time
- Entry requirements
- A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in physics or a related subject (such as geophysics, natural sciences, or mathematics).
Full entry requirements
- English language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component
- UK fees
- £12,750 (total)
- International fees
- £28,000 (total)
Studying the Physics MSc at Leeds will give you the chance to advance your knowledge in aspects of the subject that interest you the most, with a highly flexible course that can be tailored towards your career aspirations.
Whether you’re intrigued by the formation of planets, or your interests lie firmly on earth in medical X-ray imaging, we can offer you a uniquely expansive selection of optional modules to choose from, touching on a variety of topics, that’ll equip you with the expertise you’ll need in the field you wish to pursue once you graduate.
You’ll study in the School of Physics and Astronomy which is responsible for developing ‘internationally excellent’ research that has impacted the world. This gives us first-hand insight into emerging trends, issues and practices in physics — much of which is fed directly into the course.
This means that, once you graduate, you’ll be fully equipped with the forward-thinking, relevant and topical knowledge sought after by employers in your areas of interest. Plus, your extensive skill set will open the door to many different career paths, from aerospace to medicine, IT to electronics — and beyond.
Why study at Leeds:
- Graduate with a tailored Physics MSc that wholly satisfies your interests by enabling you to choose from a diverse range of optional modules or a specialised pathway.
- Learn the latest innovations in areas such as astrophysics, condensed matter, soft matter, molecular and nanoscale physics, education and theoretical physics, linked directly to our impactful, world-leading research conducted right here in our School.
- Conduct an extensive research project alongside one of our internationally recognised research groups, advancing your skills in research planning, execution and reporting with the possibility of your work being published in an international journal.
- Put theory into practice, with access to specialist facilities and laboratories used by our academics and leading researchers that are fully equipped with the latest technology and research-grade equipment to support your learning.
- Study in the Sir William Henry Bragg building — a brand-new development with excellent facilities and teaching spaces for an outstanding student experience.
A large portion of the MSc is made up of optional modules, and the breadth of physics expertise available at Leeds means that you’re able to study a diverse range of topics (examples listed below).
You'll be required to take a total of 180 credits – 75 credits from optional modules, while the remaining 105 credits will consist of your independent research project and the Current Research Topics in Physics module.
The diverse choice of optional modules means you can focus your studies on your own interests. Alternatively, we offer five suggested pathways focused on individual specialisms:
- Quantum Condensed Matter
- Bio Soft Matter Physics
- Theoretical Physics
- Physics with Business
- Physics Applied to Medicine
Using the knowledge you have gained from the course, you'll be ideally positioned to choose an exciting problem to investigate for your independent research project.
You’ll undertake your project in one of the School of Physics and Astronomy’s internationally recognised research groups, choosing a topic in an area that interests you. This project will provide you with the key experience in independent research you need to advance your career.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.
For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Physics MSc in the course catalogue
Year 1 compulsory modules
|Current Research Topics in Physics||15|
Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging||10|
|Medical X-ray imaging||10|
|X-ray Computed Tomography||10|
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging||15|
|Medical X-ray Imaging||15|
|X-ray Computed Tomography||15|
|Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice||15|
|Star and Planet Formation||15|
|Advanced Quantum Physics||15|
|Magnetism in Condensed Matter||15|
|Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics||15|
|Soft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals||15|
|Quantum Many-Body Physics||15|
|Winds, Bubbles and Explosions||15|
|Advanced Bionanophysics Research||15|
|Advanced Group Industrial Project||15|
|Soft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses||15|
|Quantum Transport in Nanostructures||15|
|Quantum Field Theory||15|
|Quantum Information Science and Technology||15|
|Advanced Physics in Schools||15|
|Physics of Biological Systems||15|
Want to find out more about your modules?
Take a look at the Physics MSc module descriptions for more detail on what you will study.
Learning and teaching
Teaching methods include a combination of lectures, seminars, supervisions, problem solving, presentation of work, independent research, and group work (depending on the modules you choose to study).
Our Virtual Learning Environment will help to support your studies: it’s a central place where you can find all the information and resources for the School, your programme and modules.
You can also benefit from support to develop your academic skills, within the curriculum and through online resources, workshops, one-to-one appointments and drop-in sessions.
The Programme Leader, Dr Adam Sweetman, is the group leader of the high-resolution scanning probe group at the University of Leeds. He holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship – and his research interests are focused on the understanding and quantifying of the interactions that occur between single atoms and molecules via the use of low-temperature scanning probe microscopes, and their simulation via ab-initio calculations.
The wider programme team is made up of researchers and academics from the School of Physics and Astronomy who have extensive expertise across a variety of physics disciplines.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Assessment of modules are by problem-solving exams and research assignments. The project is assessed on the ability to plan and conduct research and communicate the results in both written and oral format.
A bachelor degree with 2:1 (hons) in physics or a related subject (such as geophysics, natural sciences, or mathematics).
Applicants with engineering degrees will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in at least two of the following areas: astrophysics, quantum physics, biophysics, soft matter, or condensed matter.
Applicants with a chemistry degree will normally not be considered, unless they have a strong background in mathematics.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information please contact the Admissions Team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
Improve your English
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Science (6 weeks) and Language for Science: General Science (10 weeks).
We also offer online pre-sessionals alongside our on-campus pre-sessionals. You could study a part-time online course starting in January, or a full-time course in summer. Find out more about online pre-sessionals.
You can also study pre-sessionals for longer periods – read about our postgraduate pre-sessional English courses.
How to apply
Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
30 July 2023 – International applicants
10 September 2023 – UK applicants
The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS)
The UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) operates a scheme called the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). If you are an international (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will need an ATAS certificate to study this course at the University of Leeds.
To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and descriptor. For this course, the CAH code is: CAH07-01-01 and the descriptor is: Physics. Your supervisor will be Adam Sweetman.
More information and details on how to apply for your ATAS certificate can be found at GOV.UK.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
University of Leeds Taught Admissions Policy 2023
This course is taught by
School of Physics and Astronomy
School of Physics and Astronomy Admissions Team
UK: £12,750 (total)
International: £28,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs.
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.
The employment opportunities in the field of physics are extensive across numerous industries, which is why physics graduates are in demand for some of the highest paid and most satisfying roles in employment.
From finance to energy, aerospace to electronics — the industries open to you with a Physics MSc from Leeds are vast. Our MSc will ground you with a high level of numeracy and mathematical competence, computer skills and extensive technical academic scientific knowledge, all of which are sought after by employers.
And, because you can choose from the wide range of optional modules, you’ll be able to carve your career path before you graduate and be fully equipped with the skill set and knowledge you’ll need to pursue your career aspirations.
Plus, the University of Leeds is in the top five most targeted universities in the UK by graduate recruiters, according to High Fliers’ The Graduate Market in 2022 report.
At Leeds, we help you to prepare for your future from day one. Our wide range of careers resources — including our award-winning Employability team — are on hand to offer guidance and support, ensuring you are prepared to take your next steps after graduation and get you where you want to be.
- Employability events — we run a full range of events including careers fairs in specialist areas and across broader industries — all with employers who are actively recruiting for roles.
- MyCareer system — on your course and after you graduate, you’ll have access to a dedicated careers portal where you can book appointments with our team, get information on careers and see job vacancies and upcoming events.
- Qualified careers consultants — gain guidance, support and information to help you choose a career path. You’ll have access to 1-2-1 meetings and events to learn how to find employers to target, research before interviews and brush up on your interview skills.
- Opportunities at Leeds — there are plenty of exciting opportunities offered by our Leeds University Union, including volunteering and over 300 clubs and societies to get involved in.
Find out more about career support.
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