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MSc Materials Physics

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  • Objectives
    The course is designed to place the student at a point he/she will understand the issues and be able to make a real contribution to research and development in this area. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the understanding of the atomistic origin of materials properties and characterisation techniques used to probe such properties. The new course includes fundamental topics: Bonding and interactions, Atomistic dynamics in solids, magnetic properties and electronic properties. Further courses in materials synthesis and characterisation are offered that provide understanding and experience in state-of-the-art methodology in these areas.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements Honours degree in physics or a physics related subject International students must provide evidence of a proficiency in English.
  • Academic Title
    MSc Materials Physics
  • Course description
    The development of new materials is an area that underpins advances in technology in a diverse range of applications. Examples include new materials to store hydrogen, nonlinear optical materials for all optical communication, biocompatible materials, materials that will withstand extreme heat and pressure etc.

    An important part of the course is a research project conducted within one of the research groups in the Institute for Materials Research (IMR). The IMR houses state of the art facilities including electron microscopes, laser and X-ray spectroscopy facilities, ion-beam implantation facilities and nanotechnology fabrication facilities.

    Researchers are also extensive users of international facilities such as Neutron sources and Synchrotron sources. In addition the IMR has its own in house high performance computational facility for modelling research.

    Modules offered on this programme
    Module information is provided to give you an overview of the modules typically available for this programme and not a guarantee of the final programme structure. If you are interested in a specific module, please confirm with the admissions tutor that it will be offered for your cohort.

    Duration

    MSc: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
    PgDip: 9 months full-time, 21 months part-time
    PgCert: 9 months full-time, 21 months part-time

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