School of Physics & Astronomy

Masters Degrees

laserMake the journey between undergraduate and PhD study in a research-focused environment with our Masters degree programmes.

For all Masters degrees there is a possibility during the year to transfer to a PhD.

Requirement:  2.2 Honours Degree or equivalent in Physics or a related subject.


One year research based degree with up to 20 optional credits of generic training taken in 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.

MSc (by Research)

A one year course with a total of 180 credits. Of these 20-60 credits are taught modules taken from either from years 3/4 courses, or from courses run by other Schools and Departments. The remaining 120-160 credits is a research dissertation. 


English Language Qualification 

For students whose first language is not English one of the following English Language qualifications is required which must not be more than 2 years old:

      • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
      • CELE pre-sessional course final assessment of "Pass with Merit"

Advanced English Language Skills training is provided through the University of Nottingham’s Centre for English Language Education (CELE) to which our international postgraduates have full access. CELE offers a wide range of courses to support students with language and study skills demands of the research degree course in Physics & Astronomy. Courses focus on specific skills areas in the English language such as academic writing skills, academic reading and listening skills, grammar and vocabulary, academic and conversational speaking and pronunciation.  For full information visit



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