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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Physics (General) Materials Science

Course type


Course Summary

Our Physics of Materials MSc provides you with the opportunity to work with expert researchers in the field. Our Physics of Materials MSc is a research-focused comprehensive programme designed to equip you with the advanced theoretical and mathematical skills of a professional physicist. The ability to create new materials that are stronger, lighter, or perform better, is the key to advancements across all areas of science, technology and engineering. This cutting edge postgraduate degree programme gives you the chance to explore, with our expert researchers, the physics of new materials, their preparation and characterisation, at a University that is internationally recognised for its contributions to the fields of physics and materials science. Over the course of the Physics of Materials MSc programme, you will learn how to work with modern equipment and make an analysis of your own experimental and theoretical data, as well as applying modern physics methods to assess materials, examine properties of novel materials, and develop the advanced theoretical and quantitative skills that are highly sought after by employers. The Physics of Materials MSc contains a combination of supervised research work, development of research skills and taught material designed to equip you with the skills needed to make an impact in the wide variety of industries whose successes are driven by the development of new materials, or to continue with your academic research.

The aim of the Physics of Materials MSc programme is to equip you with the key skills you need for employment in industry, public service or academic research. Physics graduates are highly sought after and work in a range of industries and roles. Employers of choice for our graduates include the Ministry of Defence, DSTL, BAE Systems, BP, Rolls-Royce, and Intelligent Energy, in roles such as Business Analyst, Physicist, Technical Manager and Financial Trader. Other students have gone on to study at PhD level. On successful completion of the programme you should be able to: Formulate problems pertinent to a current area of active research in precise terms and identify key issues, construct logical arguments and use advanced technical language correctly; Be proficient in the use of scientific and IT solutions to support a research project; Identify, retrieve, critique and compare demanding texts and use them to support a research thesis in a coherent and appropriate manner; Present complex information by means of written reports and orally to a professionally acceptable standard.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Gain knowledge and understanding of the range of techniques available for characterisation of bulk and thin films with an emphasis on functional materials.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent overseas qualification in science or engineering, or appropriate professional experience.

University information

Loughborough University is in the top 10 of every UK league table, has an award-winning student experience and was voted University of the Year in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2018. Our research has impact. We are a top 10 research-led university in England (REF 2014) and we have been awarded seven prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of our world-class excellence in areas of service and benefit to the UK – only Oxford...more

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