Physics at University of Cambridge - UCAS

Course summary

The MASt in Physics is a taught master's-level course which is designed to act as a top-up course for students who already hold a three-year undergraduate degree in physics (or an equivalent subject with similar physics content) and who are likely to wish to subsequently pursue research in physics, either within the Department or elsewhere. The course aims to bring students close to the boundaries of current research and is thus somewhat linked to the expertise from within the specific research groups in the Department of Physics. Candidates make a series of choices as the year proceeds which allow them to select a bias towards particular broad areas of physics such as condensed matter physics, particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics, or semiconductor physics. The emphasis can range over the spectrum from strongly experimental to highly theoretical physics, and a range of specialist options are available. All students also undertake a substantial research project, which is expected to take up one-third of their time for the year. MASt students study alongside the fourth-year students taking the physics part of the integrated Cambridge Natural Science course, commonly referred to as Part III physics. Details of the current Part III physics course can be found on the Department of Physics website. Please note that the courses available to students may change from year to year (especially the Minor Topic courses taken in the Lent term) and so this year's course listing should only be used as a guide to what courses might be available in future. Learning Outcomes By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • Reinforced their broad understanding of physics across the core areas studied in the Cambridge bachelors physics programme;
  • Developed their knowledge in specialised areas of physics, bringing them close to the boundaries of current research;
  • Developed an understanding of the techniques and literature associated with the project area on which they have focused;
  • Demonstrated the application of knowledge in a research context and become familiar with the methods of research and enquiry used to further that knowledge;
  • Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of knowledge; and
  • Demonstrated some level of self-direction and originality in tackling and solving research problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and execution of research.

Assessment method


Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. Due to the high standard of applications this course receives, the typical grade of candidates who are admitted is a high First class Honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics. Students require excellent working knowledge in core physics courses including Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter Physics, Thermal and Statistical Physics, Electrodynamics. Successful candidates would usually have studied courses similar in content to those listed in our Part II undergraduate programme. Details on the lecture contents can be obtained from the Undergraduate Office in the Department of Physics.

Fees and funding

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Physics at University of Cambridge - UCAS