Physics

MSc by Research

  • Entry Year 2023
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

You can begin this programme 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.

The programme is flexible to support learning in a variety of educational and practical research contexts: either on campus or in industry.

There is a period of induction with a project supervisor where you will complete a learning plan and assess your research training development needs.

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 your writing skills, progress to date and ability to synthesise information.

Finally, you will complete a dissertation based on your research which will be examined by a viva, with a view to submitting the thesis for publication.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Physics or a relevant subject.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Fees and Funding

The tuition fee for students with UK fee status is set in line with the standard fee stipend provided by the UK Research Councils. The fee stipend for 2023/24 has not yet been set. For reference, the fee stipend for 2022/23 was full-time £4,596, part-time £2,298.

The international fee for new entrants in 2023/24 is full-time £24,530, part-time £12,265.

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course:

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Research Groups

Our postgraduate studies are closely aligned with our Research. Our research is divided into four main themes, and each of these contains sub-groups. In each group, you can find details of available research projects and academic supervisors.

  • Astrophysics

    The Astrophysics group contains teams investigating Observational Astrophysics, Theoretical Particle Cosmology and Space and Planetary Physics.

  • Experimental Condensed Matter

    The Experimental Condensed Matter group contains teams investigating Low Temperature Physics, Quantum Nanotechnology and Nonlinear and Biomedical Physics.

  • Particle and Accelerator Physics

    The Particle and Accelerator Physics group contains teams investigating Experimental Particle Physics and Accelerator Physics.

  • Theoretical Physics

    The Theoretical Physics group contains teams investigating Condensed Matter Theory, Mathematical Physics and the Theory of Molecular-Scale Transport.

Hamzah Shokeir's story

"The experience gained whilst at Lancaster University enabled me to embark on the next stage of my scientific career with the utmost preparation and willingness. This included taking part in journal club presentations, teaching assistant roles, training with state of the art equipment in nanofabrication labs and by the end of the year the chance to present preliminary results at an international conference. I strongly recommend the MRes program for anyone wishing to pursue a career in scientific research."

Ben Astbury's story

"Lancaster is a wonderful place to study. My Masters Research degree was in creating an unclonable electronic device that could be used in IoT devices for authentication purposes. The top-tier facilities at Lancaster allowed me to write and begin the process of publishing my first scientific paper. After completing an MRes, I went on to work as an Engineering Physicist for Imperial Brands. The research experience I gained while studying has been invaluable in my current career."

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