MSc by Research: Antimatter Physics

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc by Research 1Yr FT
    MSc by Research 2Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:1

Course Overview

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The Physics department is always keen to attract high-quality postgraduate students to join our research groups.

The MSc by Research Antimatter Physics enables students to pursue a one year individual programme of research. The MSc by Research would normally terminate after a year. However, under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year 2 of a PhD degree.

You will be fully integrated into one of our established research groups and participate in research activities such as seminars, workshops, laboratories, and field work.

Key Features

Swansea is a research led University to which the Physics department makes a significant contribution, meaning that as a Postgraduate Physics Student you will benefit from the knowledge and skills of internationally renowned academics.

The Department received top ratings of 4* and 3* in the 2008 RAE, which classified our research as World-leading or Internationally excellent in terms of its originality, significance and rigour.

Description

The two main research groups within the Department of Physics currently focus on the following areas of research:

Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group

  • Fundamental Atomic Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Material Physics
  • Analytical Laser Spectroscopy

Particle Physics Theory Group

  • String theory, quantum gravity and the AdS/CFT correspondence
  • Lattice gauge theories, QCD
  • Supersymmetric field theory, perturbative gauge theory
  • Field Theory in curved spacetime
  • Physics beyond the standard model

Entry Requirements

MSc by Research programmes: We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

All applications for postgraduate programmes should be made direct to the University's Admissions Office.

  • Home applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.
  • EU and Overseas applicants: you can then submit your application via the Admissions Office.

The application process for postgraduate research involves two stages:

  1. Firstly, securing an offer of a place at the Department via the Admissions Office.
  2. Securing funding for your studies. We will give you help where necessary, especially with the second part.

Depending on the source, funds to undertake postgraduate research are awarded on the basis of either the project being of high quality (in which case the funding will exist when we advertise the project), or the merits of the applicant.

If you already have funding, or are self-funding, you will need to decide on a research topic that interests you.

For enquiries regarding postgraduate research in Experimental Physics, contact Dr Markus Müller

For enquiries regarding postgraduate research in Theoretical Physics, contact Dr Ivonne Zavala

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc by Research Full-time £4,200 £17,350
MSc by Research Part-time £2,100 £8,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK.

If your course starts in January, April or July 2017 please refer to the 2016/17 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees for the MSc by Research Antimatter Physics do not cover costs incurred personally by the student such as the purchase of books or stationery, printing or photocopying costs.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Course Structure

The Physics Department is always keen to attract high-quality postgraduate students to join our research groups.

All Physics Research Degrees take 12 months of study, including the dissertation.  For MSc by Research programmes you will be guided by internationally  leading researchers through an extended one-year individual  research project. There is no taught element.

The MSc by Research degrees enable you to pursue a one year individual  programme of research and would normally terminate after a year.  However,  under appropriate circumstances, this first year of research can also be used in a progression to Year  2 of a PhD degree. 

The programmes all have a recommended initial research training module (Science Skills & Research Methods), but otherwise has no taught element and is most suitable for you if you have an existing background in geography or cognate discipline and are looking to pursue a wholly research-based programme of study.

Assessment

The first part shall take the form of a thesis embodying the methods and results of the research project. All theses should be presented in accordance with the University’s Guide to the Submission and Presentation of a Thesis for Research Students.

The second part shall take the form of an oral examination (viva voce).

 

Facilities

As a postgraduate student in the Department of Physics you will have access to the following Specialist Facilities:

  • Low-energy positron beam with a high field superconducting magnet for the study of
  • positronium
  • CW and pulsed laser systems
  • Scanning tunnelling electron and nearfield optical microscopes
  • Raman microscope
  • CPU parallel cluster
  • Access to the IBM-built ‘Blue C’ Super computer at Swansea University and is part of the shared use of the teraflop QCDOC facility based in Edinburgh

Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that over 80% of the research outputs from both the experimental and theoretical groups were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research groups include:

AMQP Group

The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group comprises academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.

PPT Group

The Particle Physics Theory Group has fourteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.