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Physics at Dundee

I have noticed a few web searches that have reached this blog looking for info about physics at Dundee. I just wanted to put up a little post about the department where I work. We are a small department of around 15 staff (some who specialise in Electronic Engineering), and typically we might have about 20 students entering our first year. We offer an excellent undergraduate physics course with modern teaching labs and friendly and dedicated staff. Our course is IoP accredited and covers the ‘core of physics’ with specialisms in topics such as photonics and materials, reflecting our research strengths. Students all complete a final year research project (or two year project for the more advanced MSci degree) and this can range from building advanced optical tweezers to studying cancer tumours using optical spectroscopy, in collaboration with research colleagues at the University hospital, Ninewells.

If you come to Dundee you will benefit form the small classes and really get to know the members of staff – our students do well in competitively awarded PhD and EngD competitions as well as take up gainful employment in high-tech industries. In addition Dundee has all the benefits of a city, while being pretty small; our campus is compact and right in the centre of town, and it is often said that we are in one of the sunniest parts of the UK (not that you’d believe that after the past few weeks).

If you have any questions about studying physics at Dundee, please just get in touch with me, or leave a comment below.

  1. Tiki
    October 8, 2015 at 12:07 am

    Before I ask a few questions you need to know a little a about my background first: Dundee already is my alma mater and I have graduated 1st class in humanities 2 years ago. However I was only following one of my passions back then and now would love to dip into my second one, physics.

    You said the course at Dundee offers you pretty much everything all common physics bachelor do in the UK, which is good I suppose. However, how does it relate to potential master degrees or even phds in, for example, astrophysics or condensed matter physics? Those would be my special areas of interest and Dundee does not offer any modules in that regard in 3rs or 4th year as far as I’m aware.
    Would you think I’d still be well equipped without having done modules in these areas if I wanted to apply for a postgraduate at another university who have a research departments in those areas?

    Many thanks


    • October 8, 2015 at 6:06 am

      HI Tiki,

      Thanks for the comment. We do offer modules in condensed matter physics in honours years – materials is one of our research areas, and so you can also take projects in this field. If you take the MSci course we should also be able to offer very specialist courses in condensed matter through our SUPA links. We have astrophysics staff, and so while there are no modules in honours on this yet, you can take a project and gain lots of experience that way. While I can make no promises, we are also hoping to launch a Physics with Astrophysics degree very soon, and this will have specialist content at level 3 and 4.

      In terms of preparation, any of our courses will prepare you well for an MSc, as these tend to offer their own specialisation anyway, and often are for students looking to change direction, so for a MSc in Astrophysics, you would very often find that the students only have a physics degree. Equally for a PhD, if you do well enough in our degree you should be fine to jump into other related fields. We had a student move into an astro phd a few years ago (moving to another institution), and condensed matter places tend not to be much of an issue, and as I say we do work in this area, so have our own PhD students. Essentially we provide you with a strong background in physics, with options for some specialisation in the things we do, and this is a platform to go onto more or less whatever you want to do next.

      If you need any more info, just let me know.


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