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MSc Physics MSc Physics

This research informed programme combines training in fundamental and applied physics while focusing on personal and professional development.

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Full-time

1 year

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Brayford Pool

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Validated

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Course Code

PHYPHYMS

Key Information

Full-time

1 year

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

PHYPHYMS

Dr Matt Watkins - Programme Leader

Dr Matt Watkins - Programme Leader

Matt's personal expertise is in computational methods to simulate the interfaces of electrolytes and solids: applied to areas including microelectronics and solar cells. He runs the Materials Modelling module as well as contributing to several others. The Physics team are passionate about sharing ideas and knowledge with students and deepening their knowledge of physics – whether for self-development, to move into industry, or to become an academic researcher.

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Welcome to MSc Physics

Physics is a fundamental science which underpins our understanding of the world around us, from distant galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics challenges our thinking and changes our lives through developments in new technologies, healthcare, and how we live.

The MSc Physics at Lincoln combines training in fundamental and applied physics while focusing on personal and professional development. It aims to develop broad problem-solving skills, and includes a substantial research component.

The programme is structured around three core areas: students choose four taught modules designed to provide in-depth teaching of cutting-edge physics ideas, mathematical methods, and techniques; personal and professional development and entrepreneurial physics training; and an extended individual research project that begins in the second term and will be targeted to fit with students' ambitions for the future.

Welcome to MSc Physics

The MSc Physics programme at Lincoln is designed to provide training in fundamental and applied physics. Students can develop broadly applicable problem-solving skills and produce a substantial research component. A choice of modules such as Materials Modelling, which uses specialist computational facilities to perform classical and quantum mechanical simulation of materials; and Advanced Instrumentation, which is designed to equip students to design and analyse complex experiments, aim to take students to the borders of current physics research occurring in our School and train them to work as professional physicists.

Physics is a fundamental science which underpins our understanding of the world around us, from distant galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics challenges our thinking and changes our lives through developments in new technologies, healthcare, and how we live. We want our students to think about how they can apply their knowledge in wider society. The Entrepreneurial Physics module will encourage students to think beyond traditional academic limits, and aims to provide the tools to start or join a small specialist company, including intellectual property awareness and project planning. The Financial Kinetics module introduces students to the stochastic modelling of markets.

How You Study

Teaching on this programme comprises lectures, tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, group research, and projects. In the first term lectures are widely used to introduce fundamental concepts in theoretical and experimental physics.

The programme is structured around three core areas:

  • A choice of four taught modules designed to provide in-depth teaching of cutting-edge physics ideas, mathematical methods, and techniques. These are based around the research interests of staff members and focused in the first term on preparing students to undertake a research project.

  • A focus on personal and professional development, and an entrepreneurial outlook, in line with the University's values of developing leadership for the 21st Century in higher education. Students will have regular meetings with a mentor to discuss their progress and target skills and qualification acquisition as well as research topics to equip them for employment in their chosen area. Additionally, an entrepreneurial physics module will encourage students to think beyond traditional academic limits and aims to provide the tools to start or join a small specialist company. The course also includes a module on financial kinetics.

  • An extended individual research project feeds into the 'Student as Producer' ethos of the School of Mathematics and Physics. The project begins in the second term and will be targeted to fit with students' ambitions for the future.


In the final term, students also receive training designed to develop the skills and knowledge required in a start-up business including intellectual property awareness and project planning.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

Students on this course will be part of a small cohort that works closely with the academic team and guest lecturers. There is a focus on small group workshops, hands-on learning, and mentoring.

  • Four elective taught modules are designed to provide an in-depth introduction to cutting-edge physics ideas in theoretical, computational, and experimental physics. The material is introduced in weekly lectures and followed up with tutorials, seminars, workshops, laboratories, and group research.
  • An extended individual research project feeds into the 'Student as Producer' ethos of the School of Mathematics and Physics. The project begins in the second term. Students can co-design the project with two supervisors (one of which could be from industry or from an external institution) to fit with your ambitions for the future.
  • In the Personal and Professional Development module students will have regular meetings with a mentor to discuss their progress, develop and explore their skills and qualifications, and research specialised topics to equip them for employment in their chosen area.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

The module aims to develop the skills to bridge the gap between science and business. This double module follows the Master's project module. The students can develop the results of their physics Master's project into an entrepreneurial idea.

Module Overview

This module is designed to allow systematic personal and professional development in a specialist area of physics to enhance employability. Students can develop and execute a personal learning plan designed using a process of self-reflection around 5 development themes: personal development; professional skills development; technical skills development; research interests; career development.

Module Overview

This module introduces modern computational techniques for material modelling in condensed matter physics. It is driven by the research interests of the teaching staff - including biophysics and energy applications.

Module Overview

In this module, students have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project under the supervision of a research-active member of staff. Projects can be undertaken at an external collaborating establishment. Students are expected to conduct independent research in modern physics, working in a research group of the school, the university or in an external collaborating establishment.

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ experimental skills with a range of advanced experimental problems. The module may be conducted at university laboratory facilities or at an external collaborating establishment.

Module Overview

This module brings together the main ideas and methods of the mathematical theory of financial markets. In addition, the methods of practical calculations of volatilities of traded assets from historical data are discussed. The influence of randomness of the interest rate and volatilities on price of options is studied.

Module Overview

This module covers several sub-disciplines of nano-physics from solid state physics till soft matter physics and their interface. Students have the opportunity to gain insights into theoretical and experimental aspects of nano-physics, one of most rapidly developing field of modern physics.

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ theoretical skills with a range of advanced theoretical physics problems.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

An Introduction to Your Modules

Module Overview

This module aims to develop the skills to bridge the gap between science and business including intellectual property awareness and project planning. Guest lecturers will give insight into working in small companies and students are introduced to some of the key skills required. This double module follows the Master's project module. Students can develop the results of their research project or another physics-based concept into an entrepreneurial idea leading up to a final presentation of their pitch.

Module Overview

This module is designed to allow systematic personal and professional development in a specialist area of physics to enhance employability. Students can develop and execute a personal learning plan designed using a process of self-reflection around 5 development themes: personal development; professional skills development; technical skills development; research interests; and career development.

Module Overview

The School of Mathematics and Physics has a very strong research presence in computational modelling – from exoplanet orbits to quantum conductance of materials. This module introduces modern computational techniques for material modelling in condensed matter physics. It is driven by the research interests of our teaching staff including biophysics, astrophysics, and materials for renewable energy.

Module Overview

In this module, students will have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project under the supervision of two research- or industry- active supervisors. Projects can be undertaken at an external collaborating establishment – either an industrial or research establishment. This takes place in the second term, so that in the first students can co-design the project during the personal and professional development mentoring sessions.

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ experimental skills with a range of advanced experimental problems. The module may be conducted at university laboratory facilities or at an external collaborating establishment.

Module Overview

This module brings together the main ideas and methods of the mathematical theory of financial markets. In addition, the methods of practical calculations of volatilities of traded assets from historical data are discussed. The influence of randomness of the interest rate and volatilities on price of options is studied.

Module Overview

This module covers several sub-disciplines of nano-physics from solid state physics till soft matter physics and their interface. Students have the opportunity to gain insights into theoretical and experimental aspects of nano-physics, one of most rapidly developing field of modern physics.

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ theoretical skills with a range of advanced theoretical physics problems.

† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

How you are assessed

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

This course is assessed through coursework assignments, a portfolio of individual study materials, research reports and presentations, and examinations.

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Course-Specific Additional Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required. Some courses provide opportunities for you to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for travel and accommodation will be covered by the University and so is included in your fee. Where these are optional, you will normally be required to pay your own transport, accommodation and general living costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

First or upper second class honours degree in Physics or a closely related subject, or equivalent experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Entry Requirements 2021-22

First or upper second class honours degree in Physics or a closely related subject, or equivalent experience.

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses. These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/pre-sessionalenglishandacademicstudyskills/

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.
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