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  • Qualification

    Master of Physics - MPhys

  • Location

    Edinburgh Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    5 Years

Course summary


The study of physics is the investigation into understanding the world and the universe around us. It allows us to accurately measure the things we are surrounded by, develop models to explain what is going on, and then use those models to predict what is otherwise unknown.

Physicists come from all backgrounds and have a range of strengths and interests, but the common thread between all of them is their passion for understanding and their constant wondering of 'why?' and more importantly 'how?'.

The flexibility and versatility of the skillset you develop while studying physics is widely desired. From studying particles so small their existence can only be inferred, to researching the largest and most massive black holes we have found in the universe, this subject trains you to rapidly adapt and use your skills to tackle the next emerging challenge, whatever that may be.

Programme structure

The Physics degree at Heriot-Watt University covers subjects including dynamics, electromagnetic fields and optics. These areas lead onto the quantum world of subatomic particles, the unique nature of laser light, and the philosophically challenging ideas of quantum physics and astrophysics. Mathematics also plays an important part to help us understand physical concepts in more depth. In later years, dedicated courses for Biophysics, Nanophotonic, Fibre-Optic Communications and Quantum Mechanics allow students to delve deep into current research areas and discuss their questions with leading experts.

Graduate destinations

During your degree you will develop strong problem solving, numerical and data handling skills that ensure you are highly sought-after graduate for a wide range of careers. Suitable jobs could involve research and development, engineering, scientific analysis, and data processing.

See the some of the career destinations of our recent graduates by expanding the tab below!

  • Data Scientist
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Systems Engineer
  • Statistician
  • Product Engineer
  • Industrial R&D
  • PhD research and academic research and teaching

Application deadline

25 January

Tuition fees

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£ 20,584per year

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Entry requirements

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A level : BBC - ABB

including Physics and Maths, with one at B for entry to Year 1.For entry to Year 2: ABB including Physics and Maths with one at A.


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University information

Heriot-Watt University

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH14 4AS, Scotland

Highly regarded around the world with a strong focus on business, engineering, design and the physical and life sciences.
Culturally diverse, warm and welcoming, Heriot-Watt is one of Scotland's most international universities with a global footprint.
Global companies actively seek out Heriot-Watt graduates due to the nature of the university's research-informed education.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    29th out of 49 18

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    174 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.28 86%



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