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Physics with Education MSc

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1 year

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Physics (General) Sciences Teaching Education Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Study physics or astronomy at an advanced level as well as undertaking research in physics education.

If you have an interest in higher education physics teaching, this course is for you. The course is for graduates with a physics- or applied mathematics-based degree with substantial physics component.

The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments. SEPnet supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.


Our graduates go on to take research degrees, or take up employment in a range of industries in roles such as:

  • business/data analysis
  • computer programming
  • software development
  • teaching
  • research and teaching technical support.


This module aims to develop the skills and understanding required for explaining key concepts in Physics to a range of learners, with a particular focus on those working in post 16 education. The module begins with an exploration of the features, and types of explanations in the Physical Sciences. This is then applied to psychology and pedagogy of different types of learners from across different educational contexts including both mainstream and inclusive settings. The skills of good scientific explanations are then developed through engaging with common misconceptions, progression of scientific ideas in Physics and those concepts that are particularly troublesome to grasp. This will be underpinned by engaging with different learning theories and ideas associated with designing sequences of learning and assessing progression.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis, but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics, and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.