PhysicsPostgraduate study

We offer many different options for postgraduate study in physics at Strathclyde. Our current postgraduates include students who come from all corners of the globe.

Our courses and projects focus on research being undertaken by members of academic staff. Their research interests in physics range from the fundamental to the applied.

If you're interested in joining us we'd love to hear from you. Please contact us if you have any questions about our courses or studying Physics at Strathclyde.

Taught courses

We offer taught Masters courses in the following subjects:

If you have any questions, or would like to make a general enquiry, please contact us at:

Course structure

Our MSc course curriculums comprise of 180 credits, with one credit being equal to ten hours of student learning. The curriculum includes 120 credits of taught material - taken over the first two semesters of the degree - and a 60-credit project that runs, typically, from May to September. The project, under the supervision of an academic, can be computational, experimental or theoretical.


The MSc is assessed by a mixture of continuous assessment and exams. The exams take place in January and May. Progress to the project phase of the MSc is determined by a student’s performance in the exams. Project assessment is based on a written report, oral exam and a talk. The award of the MSc is determined by an Examination Board that meets in September.

Research programmes

You can choose from the following options:

  • doctoral research degree (PhD), which typically lasts 3/3.5 years
  • masters degree by research (one-year) either an MPhil or an MRes, with a greater teaching component
  • engineering doctorate (EngD), this lasts four years and is undertaken with an industrial partner

You can also check out our list of available PhD projects or find out more about our physics research programmes.

All physics postgraduate research students are members of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Graduate School, which supports postgraduate-level training across Scotland.

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Postgraduate scholarships

Taught courses

Research degrees

Funding for research degrees comes from a variety of sources, including UK research councils, the University of Strathclyde and our industrial partners.

Most UK PhD applicants will be eligible for a fully-funded PhD studentship, paying tuition fees, and an annual stipend to cover living expenses.

EU and overseas students will, in most cases, be expected to provide funds to cover their living costs and tuition fees.

For further information, please contact us or discuss options with the supervisor of your chosen project.

For information on studentships for postgraduate study at the University, see the scholarships page.