University of Sussex
Physics with Education MSc
University of Sussex

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Study physics or astronomy at an advanced level as well as undertaking research in physics education.

If you have an interest in higher education physics teaching, this course is for you. The course is for graduates with a physics- or applied mathematics-based degree with substantial physics component.

The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments. SEPnet supports vital research, teaching and development in the South East.

Your project will be on some aspect of physics education. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, at the start of the autumn term. Often the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in journals.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.5 in Writing, 6.0 in all other modules)
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
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You should normally have a lower second-class (2.2) undergraduate honours degree. Your qualification should be in a physics-, mathematics- or astronomy-based subject. Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis but you are generally expected to have a significant mathematical or physical background, including calculus, differential equations, mechanics, electrodynamics and quantum mechanics. You should normally have some experience of teaching at a higher education institution or have an interest in this area. You may also be considered for the course if you have experience of equivalent standing.IELTS (Academic):Higher level (7.0 overall, including at least 6.5 in each component).


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About University of Sussex

The University of Sussex is a publicly funded research university based in Falmer, Brighton. The university is surrounded by South Downs National Park, which makes it the only English university to be situated in a National Park. Sussex also formed part of the 1994 Group, a coalition of research-intensive universities in the UK which was dissolved in 2013.

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Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Sussex House
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