Applied Physics (PgDip)

In Belfast City

£ 4,000 + VAT


  • Typology


  • Location

    Belfast city (Northern Ireland)

  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Start

    Different dates available


The aims of this programme are: to train both UK and overseas graduates in a range of topics in Applied Physics at an advanced level; to equip graduates with the necessary base, including, through an extended independent investigation, research skills that enable one to embark on a research degree in a Physics; to develop the knowledge and skills of graduates to further their prospects for a career as a professional physicist or a professional in a range of areas where a strong physics background and related skills are required.




Belfast City (County Antrim)
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University Road, BT7 1NN


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A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Physics or a closely related discipline. Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. International Qualifications For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International students (for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate...

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  • GCSE Physics
  • Applied Physics
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  • Project
  • Medical
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Course programme

Course Details

The MSc modules offer a high-level introduction into various areas of physics. They are designed to enable students to appreciate and understand the theoretical and experimental background in both pure research and applied physics. All modules are taught by international scientists working in those fields, and will take students from the basic knowledge obtained in earlier studies to the frontier of knowledge today.

The taught modules are assessed by assignments and class tests throughout the semester, which act to assess student knowledge and enhance the learning of physical techniques and calculations. The summer project is performed under the guidance of scientists within one of the world-leading research centres at Queen’s University Belfast.

Students must take a range of modules in Physics, which will include PHY8020, an extended 60 CATS summer research project and PHY8021, a module to introduce students to a variety of research methods within Applied Physics.

These modules are complemented by a wide range of modules allied to areas of research strength within the School: Plasma Physics, Ultra-fast Science, Astrophysics, Nanostructured Media, and Medical Physics. These modules aim to strengthen students' knowledge and understanding in the physical principles underpinning these systems. The topics of these modules include research methods and recent findings in medical radiation physics, planetary physics, cosmology, laser physics, plasma physics, and the physics of materials characterisation and nanomaterials.

In 2016/17, delivery involves 3 modules per semester (1st and 2nd semesters); 1 module (project) in the summer semester (under review for 2017/18).


Modules on offer in 2016/17 include

  • PHY8021 Applied Physics Research Methods (1st semester)
  • PHY8022 Applied Lasers and Plasma Physics (1st semester)
  • PHY8023 Applied Medical Devices (1st semester)
  • PHY8024 Condensed Matter and Materials Science Research (2nd semester)
  • PHY8025 Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics Research (2nd semester)
  • PHY8026 Astrophysics Research (2nd semester)
  • PHY8020 Physics Projects (summer semester).

Indicative Proportional Mix of Time in Classes, Tutorials/Seminars/Labs, and Private Study in a Teaching Semester

30% classes, 70% private study (1st and 2nd semesters)

Assessment & Feedback

Individual modules will be assessed through written examination, class tests, written assignments and online tests. The project is assessed by 12,000-15,000 word dissertation and oral presentation.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching normally takes place in the morning and afternoons.

Teaching will be scheduled to take place Monday-Friday during normal working hours of 9am-5pm. Contact teaching in 2016/17 involves12 hours contact teaching in the 1st and 2nd semesters; 2 hours contact teaching in the summer semester (project) (under review for 2017/18).

Additional information

The programme equips graduates with the necessary base of research skills that enable one to embark on a research degree in Physics, leading to a career of a professional physicist or physics-oriented professional. The programme provides a suitable background for a wide range of careers in industry, engineering, technology, medical physics, software engineering, business and finance, in which advanced analytical, numerical, experimental and computational and skills are required. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits....

Applied Physics (PgDip)

£ 4,000 + VAT