Master of Science in Physics

Master of Science in Physics

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Course title Master of Science in Physics
Course code PMSCPHYFTR8
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Joseph Caruana
Delivered by Faculty of Science
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

If you are interested in pursuing an M.Sc. by research with the Department of Physics, you are to consult with staff members of the department before submitting your application and research proposal. If required, the process may be coordinated by contacting the departmental secretary.

Research Areas:

Electromagnetics
• measurement and modelling of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in the environment
• EMF health risk assessment
• electromagnetic compatibility
• measurement of permittivity in biological tissue and certain inorganic materials under different conditions
• medical applications of microwaves

Instrumentation
• development of novel sensors in collaboration with industry

Astronomy and Astrophysics
• radio astronomy
• galaxy formation and development

Quantum Mechanics (Theory)
• quantum optics
• optomechanics
• quantum thermodynamics
• mesoscopic quantum mechanics
• quantum information
• quantum condensed matter, as well as related fields

Plasma Physics
• plasma dynamics
• solar physics with specific focus on solar wind and coronal mass ejections

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science with at least Second Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course or

(b) the Bachelor of Science with Third Class Honours in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the applicants have obtained other qualifications, including relevant experience, following their first cycle degree. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants in possession of a Bachelor of Science with at least Category II in an area of study deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants shall be made conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they shall be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

The Board, at its discretion, may also recommend the admission of applicants with a first cycle degree deemed by the Board to be relevant to the proposed area of study and obtained in the 10 years previous to registration for the Course, provided that the admission of such applicants may be conditional on the result of an interview and in such cases they may be required to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Applicants whose first degree was obtained more than 10 years previous to registration for the Course may also be admitted following an interview to ascertain their capability to follow the Course. The Board may, at its discretion, require such applicants to follow a preparatory programme as specified below.

Preparatory Programme

The preparatory programme shall comprise study-units to which not less than 30 credits and not more than 60 credits are assigned and shall also be governed by the Principal Regulations.

Students shall be required to successfully complete the preparatory programme with an average mark of 55% or better prior to their registration for the Course.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in February 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the course, you will be able to:

• Identify a research problem which you wish to explore.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical perspectives in your chosen area of study.
• Analyse and evaluate information that is relevant to the research problem.
• Report and discuss the results of your research in a clear, structured and concise form.
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of the methods used in research.
• Be confident in the preparation of scientific presentations and your delivery.
The course is intended if you are a holder of a physics certificate at an undergraduate level, and would like to pursue a physics career through the contribution of original physics research to existing scientific literature.
As a holder of the M.Sc. in Physics (research), you will be able to enter a career as an academic researcher and teacher. Access to further studies is available through doctorate studies or alternative masters’ programmes.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2 and click here for entry points.

Last Updated: 16 November 2021

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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