MSc by Research

MSc by Research (Physics)

1 year
September 2024

Perform cutting-edge research with our Research Groups. Each 12-month project is unique, as the frontiers of research advance.

Why study with us

  • This year-long course gives insights to life as a researcher - excellent preparation for a future research career or alternatively for a wide range of sectors.
  • You'll benefit from one-on-one supervision and gain access to cutting-edge facilities.
  • Compared to typical taught postgraduates degrees, you'll pay the lowest fees.

Current projects

A research project is not necessarily rigid and may evolve as it develops, and as you develop your understanding. If you have an idea for a new project and think one of our academics is a good fit to supervise it, please contact them. Our academic contact details can be found on their staff profiles, linked in the project titles below. 

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Students studying the Zeeman effect.
Students studying the Zeeman effect.

What you'll do

  • You’ll have access to world-class equipment. Including atomic force and scanning tunnelling microscopes, electron microscopes, crystal growth and diffraction facilities, and spectroscopies.
  • You’ll take advantage of our unique experience and capabilities and choose a supervisor whose work mirrors your own interests.
  • You'll have the opportunity to publish your work in academic journals and present results to colleagues and collaborators.

How to apply for postgraduate research

Interested in studying postgraduate research? The application process can vary but we have some helpful tips.

Find out how to apply
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Academic expertise

Joe Smerdon in a red jumper
Dr Joe Smerdon
Senior Lecturer
School of Engineering and Computing

Joe is the Course Leader for MSc Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Joe has particular expertise in ultra-high vacuum surface science, nanophysics, molecular nanotechnology and materials science. He is research-active, having recently published his 50th article, and has organised se…

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Dr Monika Barbara Gamża
Senior Lecturer in Physics
School of Engineering and Computing

Monika is research active within the area of physics and chemistry of strongly correlated electron systems, specialising in the design, synthesis and characterisation of novel materials for both fundamental research and energy applications.

Future careers

MSc by Research degrees represent an ideal combination of timescale and topic. You choose what to do, and our experienced researchers help you do it effectively. You don’t have to commit 4 years, as for a PhD (though an MSc by Research can be a great route if you plan to subsequently enter PhD research). Where a PhD typically completes 3-4 projects for their thesis, you will complete 1. You’ll gain all of the benefit that is relevant for employment outside academia.


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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