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MSci in Physics with Nanoscience (Full Time)

University of Nottingham

Masters Degree , Physics

Course Description

You will be taught by leading experts and acquire a broad knowledge of physics, while developing your expertise in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

The Nottingham Nanoscience Group is internationally renowned for its research in areas such as self-assembly and self-organisation, single-molecule manipulation, molecular nanostructures, and soft surfaces and interfaces. Drawing on this expertise, the physics with nanoscience course provides you with high-quality teaching and training, informed by the latest developments in the field. Be inspired and join our world.

  • Gain the skills to manipulate and visualise individual atoms and molecules using scanning probe microscopy
  • Discover how forces at the nanoscale differ from those observed in macroscopic systems
  • Explore what strategies should be used to build nanoscale molecular machinery

MSci students

Gain the opportunity to work in a nanoscience research laboratory in the School of Physics and Astronomy. You will experience working collaboratively with researchers in disciplines other than physics, such as chemistry, pharmacy or materials science.

What's an MSci?

MSci degrees are undergraduate-level courses which last for four years and have an integrated masters qualification. They are the equivalent to a bachelors degree plus a masters level qualification. These courses usually provide additional industry and/or research experience to enhance your future prospects. An MSci is excellent preparation for further study such as a PhD.

If you choose to study an MSci, your student loan will cover tuition fees and living costs for the additional year too (home/EU students only). If you are unsure on whether to choose an MSci or BSc, we recommend you choose the MSci to secure your funding. Transfer to the BSc is possible.

The entry requirements for our MSci degrees are the same as the BSc degrees.

You will be taught by leading experts and acquire a broad knowledge of physics, while developing your expertise in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Nottingham Nanoscience Group is internationally renowned for its research in areas such as self-assembly and self-organisation, single-molecule manipulation, molecular nanostructures, and soft surfaces and interfaces. Drawing on this...

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Entry Requirements

A levels: A*AA-AAA, including A* in either physics or maths

English language requirements 

IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page.

If you require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.

Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking IELTS or equivalent.

Alternative qualifications 

For details see the alternative qualifications page

Flexible admissions policy

In recognition of our applicants’ varied experience and educational pathways, the University of Nottingham employs a flexible admissions policy. We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances. Please see the University’s admissions policies and procedures for more information.

A levels: A*AA-AAA, including A* in either physics or maths English language requirements  IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element) For details of other English language tests and qualifications we accept, please see our entry requirements page. If you require additional support to take your language skills to the...

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Additional Information

Teaching methods and assessment

Lectures

Group teaching sizes are small enough for us to know all of our students as individuals and the total class size is large enough to allow us to offer a wide range of modules. This means that you will be able to tailor your degree to your scientific interests.

Typically there are 10 lectures per week including problem sheets and directed reading. You will learn a modern programming language so that you can solve equations and model physical situations. The course structure ensures there are formative assessments throughout the year to help you to guide your studies and gain regular feedback on how you're getting on. If there is something you do not understand, you are always welcome to discuss it with a member of staff.

Tutorials

You will take part in weekly small group tutorials (typically five students), where your tutor will provide support and guidance. The practical modules involve working between three and six hours per week in laboratories, where, in addition to traditional experimental techniques, we emphasise the importance of computer control and simulation throughout the course.

Examinations and assignments

For a typical core module the examination carries a weight of 80%, the remaining 20% usually being allocated for regular coursework and workshop assignments throughout the year. Experimental and other practical work is continually assessed through laboratory notebooks and formal reports.

Accreditation

The Institute of Physics accredits bachelor and integrated masters degree programmes for the purposes of the professional award of Chartered Physicist. Chartered Physicist requires an IOP accredited degree followed by an appropriate period of experience during which professional skills are acquired. 

An accredited bachelor degree partially fulfils the academic requirement for Chartered Physicist status. Further study to masters level, or equivalent work-based experience, is required to achieve Chartered Physicist.

Study abroad

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to travel, experience another academic environment, make new friends, immerse yourself in another culture and even learn a new language, as well developing career skills and a global outlook which will impress future employers.

The majority of University of Nottingham students have the opportunity to study abroad during their time at University. Explore your options. 

Teaching methods and assessment Lectures Group teaching sizes are small enough for us to know all of our students as individuals and the total class size is large enough to allow us to offer a wide range of modules. This means that you will be able to tailor your degree to your scientific interests. Typically there are 10 lectures per week including problem sheets...

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