The MSc (by research) in Physics can be started at any time of the academic year, as agreed with your supervisor. You will define and manage an independent research project which will equip you for more sustained and original work at the doctoral level or for advanced level applied research positions in a range of organisations including industry, government and charities.
A feature of this programme is the flexibility required to support learning in a variety of educational and practical research contexts: either on campus or in industry depending on your individual circumstances.
All students will undergo a period of induction into the programme with their project supervisor. This will lead to the completion of a learning plan involving the student and the university, and where applicable an outside organisation. During the period of induction, supervisors will undertake a research training development needs analysis (DNA) and will make you aware of the research training opportunities offered by the department, faculty and University, as well as outside training opportunities.
At the end of the third month (full-time) or sixth month (part-time) you will submit a report which will enable your supervisor to offer formative feedback on, for example, your academic writing skills, progress to date and ability to synthesise information.
Finally, you will complete a dissertation based on your research, conforming to normal standards of referencing etc for academic work, which will be submitted for examination.