The School of Maths and Physics at Queen's University Belfast offers a range of web-based, taught modules in Plasma Physics and Vacuum Technology. The modules can be taken individually or can be combined to form the basis of a
which focuses on providing students with a knowledge of the fundamental concepts and applications of the plasmas, particularly in high power laser-produced plasmas, technological plasmas, magnetic fusion and astrophysics.
which is taught jointly with the School of Physical Science at Dublin City University and focuses on the application of these subjects in manufacturing, high technology areas, such as microelectronics and nanotechnology, and in biomedicine.
The latter degree course is part time and specifically designed for those in full time employment.
Both the courses are specifically designed for delivery through web-based interfaces so students outside of Queen's can also participate. Taught material is combined with tutorial, practical and project work.
First or second class honours degree (or its equivalent) in physics, chemistry or a closely related engineering discipline.
Degree as above awarded with third class honours or pass (or its equivalent) or a third level qualification (certificate or diploma) plus relevant work experience.
The Master of Science course in Plasma Physics will admit its next intake in September 2013.
This is a largely web-based Master of Science course in Plasma Physics. It is designed to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the principal facts, theories and experimental and computer simulation techniques of plasma physics through research-led teaching. While the QUB-enrolled students will be required to be in full-time study at QUB, the web-based teaching format is designed to allow the course and modules to be studied and delivered by students and staff at their locations in the UK and abroad. At QUB the web-based taught modules will be completed by face to face tutorials and short projects undertaken in the QUB research laboratories and a 15 week research project which can be undertaken at QUB or in a suitable research institution or industry.
Detailed information on the course content and regulations can be found in the material provided to download.
Further useful information can be obtained from the following links
The programme is suitable for graduates with an upper Second Class Honours degree (BSc 2:2) or higher, in Physics or in a related discipline.
Applicants whose first langauge is not English will be required to demonstrate competency in English*.
*Entry criteria include: IELTS (minimum 60, with minimum 5.5 in all four elements of the test); TOEFL iBT (internet based test) 80 (with minimum: listening - 17, reading - 18, speaking - 20, writing - 17). Detailed language criteria can be found here.
How to Apply
Applications are now open, for entry in September 2013.
All applications must be made electronically through the Queen's University application portal.
Please ensure that you provide all the information requested, including transcripts, brief CV and proof of English language. Proof of English language knowledge is required (IELTS 6.0, TOEFL PBT 550 ir iBT 80, or proof of equivalent working knowledge) for non-UK candidates.
Further information on the application process can be obtained from the University Admissions Centre.
Information on the module content, course and application details for this course can be downloaded at http://www.physics.dcu.ie/~plas/pvt_net/.
If you require further information the contact details of the relevant staff from the Centre of Plasma Physics (CPP) in Queen's University Belfast are:
MSc in Plasma Physics - Dr Ioannis Kourakis, plasmaMSc@qub.ac.uk
MSc in Plasma and Vacuum Technology - Prof Bill Graham, email@example.com
Applications for postgraduate study may be made online at: