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Department of Physics

The Cavendish Laboratory

MPhil in Physics (by research) (12 months)


This course is designed to provide further study and training in research in Physics. During this year-long programme each student undertakes a course of supervised research on an approved subject in Physics. In addition the programme includes lectures and relevant practical work especially in the early part of the course. The precise lectures taken are decided through discussion with the supervisor and may vary according to the research area being studied.

The examination consists of a thesis, of not more than 15,000 words in length, and includes an oral examination (or viva) of the thesis and the general field of physics into which it falls.

For admission to the MPhil degree programmes the Faculty Board normally requires applicants to have followed a three-year first degree and to have achieved or be about to achieve at least an upper second class honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent. All applicants are assessed individually on the basis of their academic records.

A minimum residence of three terms (about one year) is required to obtain the MPhil degree.