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Top 10 in the UK for Physics and Astronomy

9th in the Guardian University Guide 2024 and 10th in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024

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Study alongside our leading research groups specialising in Astrophysics, Biomedical physics, Quantum systems and Nanomaterials, and Electromagnetic and Acoustic materials.

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Extensive facilities in our dedicated building including clean-rooms, helium liquefier, water tanks, amplified ultra-fast laser systems, imaging suite, observatory and computer labs

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Significant research project modules allow you to make a personal contribution to research while studying

Physics at the University of Exeter offers a vibrant, world-class environment for students interested in a diverse array of problems in the physical sciences.

Physics is a global activity that cuts across both academia and business. Our research seeks both to uncover the fundamental laws that govern natural phenomena on all scales, and to apply these to the understanding of real-world problems. Our research encompasses a broad range of experimental, computational, and theoretical physics, with research groups in electromagnetic and acoustic materials, quantum systems and nanomaterials, biomedical physics, and astrophysics. We also work closely with non-academic partners, including the electronics and defence industries, as well as the Met Office and NHS Trusts.

Studying a Masters in Physics at the University of Exeter will allow you to build on your undergraduate studies and to develop as a physicist, to prepare you for a career as a researcher either within a university, or working for an industrial or national research laboratory, as some examples. Studying at an advanced level will expand your knowledge of Physics. You will gain experience in topics linked to research that is unique to the University.

You’ll be introduced to the latest research and ideas, and will complete a substantial personal research project with support from staff within our four research groups.

Housed in a dedicated building, you’ll have access to facilities including clean rooms, a helium liquefier, water tanks, amplified ultra-fast laser systems, imaging suite, observatory and computer labs. You’ll also benefit from established links with departments across the University, including the Living Systems Institute, Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and the Environment and Sustainability Institute.

"Our MSc is a flexible programme that is designed for those wishing to pursue a career as a professional scientist, taught by internationally leading researchers who are actively working in your chosen field.

Students are empowered to broaden and deepen their knowledge through studying a range of topics, choosing from a wide range of taught modules to tailor a course that matches that their career aspirations with four specialised pathways in Astrophysics, Biomedical Physics, Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials, Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials.

The advanced research project provides skills in research planning, execution and reporting, and benefit from access to our world-leading research facilities."

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Prof Julian Moger

Chair in Biophotonics