University of Strathclyde

Degree level: Postgraduate

Applied Physics (Taught)

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Course summary

Our MSc in Applied Physics is a vocational course for anyone with a background in the physical sciences or engineering. You can choose classes relevant to your career interests from a wide range of topics including:

  • high-power microwave technology
  • laser-based particle acceleration and enabled applications
  • physics and the life sciences
  • materials and solid state physics
  • photonics
  • quantum optics and quantum information technology
On the MSc programme you'll acquire:
  • in-depth knowledge of current and emerging theories, techniques and practices within the field of physics and the life sciences and the ability to apply these theories in a professional setting
  • problem-solving and high numeracy skills that are widely sought-after across the commercial sector skills required to use high-power microwave technology in an industrial environment
  • professional abilities in applying laser-based particle acceleration and enabled applications
  • in-depth knowledge of materials and solid state physics, photonics & quantum optics and quantum information technology
You‘ll put the knowledge gained in the taught classes to use on a research project. You can design the project to fit in with your interests and career plans. The course gives you the opportunity to explore and master a wide range of applied physics skills. It teaches you transferable, problem-solving and numeracy skills that are widely sought after across the commercial sector.

Course details


Physics Skills Project Research Skills Introductory Nanoscience Advanced Nanoscience 1: Imaging & Microscopy Advanced Nanoscience 2: Solid State Nanoscience Topics in Photonics: Laser & Nonlinear Optics Experimental Quantum & Atom Optics Advanced Topics in Photonics: Ultrafast Physics & Plasmas Photonics Materials & Devices (topics in solid state physics) Advanced Photonics Devices Advanced Topics In Electromagnetism And Plasma Physics Optical Communication (Photonic Systems) Control Principles Optical Design

Assessment method

The final assessment will be based on your performance in examinations, coursework, a research project and, if required, in an oral exam.

How to apply

International applicants

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website:

Entry requirements

Minimum second-class honours degree, or international equivalent, in physics or related subject, e.g. Engineering Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Applicants from an engineering discipline need to have had sufficient exposure to quantum mechanics and solid state physics, e.g. by semiconductor technology courses, or need to demonstrate that they can acquire the necessary background. Contact us about your case and the possibility of conversion courses. You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Sponsorship information

Applied Physics at University of Strathclyde - UCAS