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Postgraduate Admissions

The MASt in Physics is a taught master's-level course which is designed to act as a top-up course for students who already hold a three-year undergraduate degree in physics (or an equivalent subject with similar physics content) and who are likely to wish to subsequently pursue research in physics, either within the Department or elsewhere.

The course aims to bring students close to the boundaries of current research and is thus somewhat linked to the expertise from within the specific research groups in the Department of Physics. Candidates make a series of choices as the year proceeds which allow them to select a bias towards particular broad areas of physics such as condensed matter physics, particle physics, astrophysics, biophysics, or semiconductor physics. The emphasis can range over the spectrum from strongly experimental to highly theoretical physics, and a range of specialist options are available.

All students also undertake a substantial research project, which is expected to take up one-third of their time for the year. MASt students study alongside the fourth-year students taking the physics part of the integrated Cambridge Natural Science course, commonly referred to as Part III physics. Details of the current Part III physics course can be found on the Department of Physics website. Please note that the courses available to students may change from year to year (especially the Minor Topic courses taken in the Lent term) and so this year's course listing should only be used as a guide to what courses might be available in future.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme, students will have:

  • reinforced their broad understanding of physics across the core areas studied in the Cambridge bachelors physics programme;
  • developed their knowledge in specialised areas of physics, bringing them close to the boundaries of current research;
  • developed an understanding of the techniques and literature associated with the project area on which they have focused;
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge in a research context and become familiar with the methods of research and enquiry used to further that knowledge;
  • shown abilities in the critical evaluation of knowledge; and
  • demonstrated some level of self-direction and originality in tackling and solving research problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and execution of research.

Open Days

The Department of Physics participates in the University of Cambridge's Postgraduate Open Day. 

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Advanced Study

Department of Physics

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
March 2, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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