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We offer courses that combine research projects with supporting training modules. We aim to provide a solid basis to enable you to excel in your subsequent careers.
We offer MRes and PhD programmes, which focus on major research projects. Supplemented by taught courses, they are designed to broaden your scientific knowledge and provide relevant IT, presentational and transferable skills.
One-year research-based degree with up to 20 optional credits of generic training taken in the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School (MPAGS) and/or the Graduate School and up to 40 credits of taught modules. The main component is a research-based dissertation the equivalent of 120-160 credits.
The School of Physics and Astronomy offers research opportunities across their six different research groups. Find out more about each of the individual research groups:
As well as the main physics building, the school has two additional centres sited close by – the Centre for Astronomy and Particle Physics and the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre.
In 2003, Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, a researcher in the school for many years, jointly received the Nobel for Medicine for development of magnetic resonance imaging for medical purposes.
Also linked to the school is the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, a coordinated nanotechnology resource for pure and applied research and teaching.
The Graduate School supports all postgraduates and early career researchers at the University, with dedicated study spaces, training courses and placement opportunities.
Postgraduates are integrated into the research community through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's main research areas.
The University provides a range of support and information to enhance your student experience.
You will have access to:
- academic and disability support
- childcare services
- counselling service
- financial support
- visa and immigration advice
- welfare support
English language courses
Our Centre for English Language Education offers presessional English courses to help develop your English and study skills.
The centre is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, so you can be sure that the teaching and facilities are high-quality. You can also access free English language support alongside your academic course.
University of Nottingham Students’ Union represents all students. You can join the Postgraduate Students’ Network or speak to the dedicated Postgraduate Officer.
There are also a range of support networks, including groups for:
- international students
- black and minority ethnic students
- students with disabilities
- LGBT+ students
SU Advice provides free, independent and confidential advice on issues such as accommodation, financial and academic difficulties.
Researcher training and development
The Graduate School training and development programme empowers postgraduate students and early career research staff to develop the skills required in their research and future careers.
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.
Careers and professional development
Average starting salary and career progression
87.5% of postgraduates from the School of Physics and Astronomy secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £30,000, with the highest being £31,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates who were available for employment, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Careers support and advice
Whether you are considering a career within or outside academia, we’re here to support you every step of the way.
You can access our Careers and Employability Service during your studies and after you graduate.
Expert staff will work with you to explore PhD career options and apply for vacancies, develop your interview skills and meet employers. You can book a one-to-one appointment, take an online course or attend a workshop.
Fees and funding
As a student on this course, we do not anticipate any extra significant costs, alongside your tuition fees and living expenses. You should be able to access most of the books you’ll need through our libraries, though you may wish to purchase your own copies which you would need to factor into your budget.
Government loans for masters courses
Masters student loans of up to £10,906 are available for taught and research masters courses. Applicants must ordinarily live in the UK or EU.
International and EU students
Masters scholarships are available for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.
We provide guidance on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study. You can also access specific funding opportunities, entry requirements and other resources for students from specific countries.