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How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Physics with Advanced Research at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

This integrated Masters programme is for students who wish to follow a research career in physics. The course provides in-depth learning and additional research opportunities for highly ambitious and motivated students. The degree is designed to accept students directly into second year.

What you'll study

Year 2

In second year, you'll cover classes including mechanics, optics & waves, quantum physics & electromagnetism, condensed matter physics and properties of gases & fluids.

You'll also study mathematics classes that cover topics such as advanced calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. You'll be assigned to a tutorial group where the problems are designed to strengthen your understanding of the key physics associated with each class.

Year 3

In this year, you'll build on knowledge of quantum physics and electromagnetism and condensed physics as well as come across the new subject material of statistical physics. You'll also advance your skills in maths, extending your understanding of differential equations and introducing new topics such as complex variables and integral transforms. Again tutorials will be bespoke and tailored to your needs as a maturing physicist.

Year 4

A key part of this degree is the research project which is taken under the supervision of one of our academic staff. The project is started in the holiday between the end of fourth year and the beginning of fifth year.

The classes you'll take in this year are closely allied to the research interests of the department and develop an awareness of a wide range of subject areas from complexity physics through photonics to quantum optics.

You'll also take a class that will develop the skills necessary to start a successful research career.

Year 5

This year offers an extended project that builds on the project started at the end of fourth year. Again, you'll take a range of taught classes that build on fourth year material.

Industrial placement

We recognise the key links between physics and industry and many start-up companies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Scotland owe their existence to physics-based ideas. This is why we offer our students the chance to undertake an industrial placement during the break between Year 3 and Year 4. These placements are offered on a competitive basis.

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend either a full year or a semester abroad studying under the Erasmus programme, in the case of EU countries, or student exchange programmes with many universities in North America, Canada and the rest of the world.

Major projects

In fourth and fifth year, you'll undertake research projects that cover an area of physics identified by an academic member of staff. The fifth year project is extended and will run over the summer vacation as well.

Postgraduate studies

This degree is designed for students to enter PhD programmes.

Student competitions

In Year 2, you'll have the chance to take part in an imaging competition, as part of the Optics class.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: F3F3
  • Part-time study:available
  • Study abroad:options available through Erasmus & other student exchange programmes

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

How can I fund my studies?

Students from Scotland and the EU

If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.

For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.

Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland

We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.

International Students (Non UK, EEA)

We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are shown in brackets

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: AA (Physics and Maths); in addition to Highers at AAAAB

A Levels

A*AA (Physics and Maths)

International Baccalaureate

34 (Physics HL6, Maths HL6)

Additional information

Widening access

We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

Degree preparation course for international students

We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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