MSc by Research

The MSc by Research is a one-year programme which allows you to pursue your research interests.

Unlike a conventional taught Masters course, you work full-time on your own research project. You'll be supported with a small number of taught modules to develop your knowledge and practical skills.

You'll have 12 months to experiment and collect data, and a further three months (if required) to write your thesis.

The MSc course is ideal if:

  • You would like to study for a research degree without the three or four year commitment to a PhD degree
  • You would like to study a further qualification to prepare you for PhD study
  • You are an overseas student requiring an interim qualification after 12 to 15 months' study

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to identify a potential supervisor whose expertise would benefit your research.

Most of our academics accept applications for self-funded MSc study all year round.

Progress to PhD

This degree is closely aligned to the first year of the PhD programme. You may transfer to the second year of a PhD after your course, subject to satisfactory progress, funding and available supervision.


Our specialist facilities give you access to cutting-edge technologies and powerful equipment. On top of this, we provide access to a fully-equipped workshop with support and training, to help you design and build bespoke experimental tools.

Entry requirements

You should have, or be about to complete, a BSc degree at 2:2 (or equivalent) in Physics, or a related subject.

English language requirements

How to apply

You can apply online. You will need to provide:

  • a CV
  • an official academic transcript (or interim document if you have not yet received your award)
  • contact details of two academic referees

On your application form please let us know about your research interests. If you are interested in working with a particular supervisor, please make this clear.

Apply now

Contact us

Dr Stefanos Paschalis

Graduate Admissions Tutor

Mandie Hudson

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator

Fees and funding

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