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    Professional Doctorate in MSc Physics (Research)

    Course Description

    The MSc by research degree covers a wide range of areas which range from Astronomy and Engineering to Complex Systems and Mathematical Modelling. The research is interdisciplinary with links to engineering, chemistry, biological sciences, orthopaedics, biology, biomedical sciences, medical sciences and geology.

    Research includes:

    • Gravitation and Cosmology
    • Infectious Diseases
    • Systems Biology
    • Solid State and Device Physics
    • Atomic Structures of Solids and Solid-State Properties
    • Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology

    The Department of Physics has produced world innovating Physicists such as James Clerk Maxwell who invented the first colour photograph in 1861. Research within the Department allows you to gain ‘hands on’ knowledge and research which is action orientated, and experimental across theoretical areas. Research covers general relativity, solid-state physics, dynamical systems and chaos.

    Graduates go on to careers in meteorology, medical physics, environmental monitoring, astronomy, particle physics, geophysics, materials science, invention, design, teaching and financial modelling. The Department of Physics is cross disciplinary in nature. Research takes place within the Department and Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Bio.

    You are welcome to attend events and seminars in the Department of Physics, The School of Natural and Computing Science and the wider University whilst you study.

    Why study at Aberdeen? 

    • You study at an ancient Scottish dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
    • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
    • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
    • Find out more about Physics
    • Find out more about the Department of Physics and The School of Natural and Computing Sciences

    Where you study

    • University of Aberdeen
    • Full time or part time
    • Start month is flexible
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    Value of Scholarship(s)

    20% Discount


    A 20% discount for Aberdeen graduates who want to study a postgraduate degree. It applies to the full cost of taught postgraduate programmes and one year of a full time research programme.

    Application Procedure

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