Reflections on the MSc in Particle & Nuclear Physics

Student Emily Pender

As Emily Pender starts her PhD, she reflects on why she applied to study the MSc in Particle and Nuclear Physics, and how this degree has helped prepare her for her research project.


I chose to apply to Edinburgh because of its reputation as both an excellent University and because of the developments following the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012. I was enrolled on an integrated Masters degree (combined Masters and Bachelors degree) at my previous University, but as I knew I wanted to end up specialising in particle physics, I thought it would be more beneficial to undertake the Masters in Particle and Nuclear Physics at the University of Edinburgh than continue studying a generalised physics degree. Continue reading “Reflections on the MSc in Particle & Nuclear Physics”

Taking the leap – reflections from a mature student

Michael Marshall

There are challenges and opportunities for all students, but what are some of the difficulties and potential gains faced by mature students?

Michael Marshall started studying after a 30 year career and raising a family.  He has recently completed an MSc in Theoretical Physics and is currently undertaking a PhD in Theoretical Physics.


Why did you chose to study the MSc in Theoretical Physics?

I completed my undergraduate degree while working full time. Towards the end of my degree I realised that to embark on a new career in physics I would need a PhD, and the obvious first step was to undertake an MSc. My undergraduate tutors recommended the University of Edinburgh’s Higgs Centre as one of the best places to study theoretical physics.

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Research on a doctoral training scheme

David Crosby

Photo: PhD student David Crosby


Are you considering undertaking a PhD following your undergraduate degree? The School of Physics and Astronomy has research opportunities in astronomy, condensed matter, nuclear physics, particle physics experiment & particle physics theory.

The School also offers CDT (Centre for Doctoral Training) opportunities with partner institutions. These entail an additional year which centre around the development of technical and transferrable skills, which may include the completion of teaching courses, industrial placements, attendance at workshops and participation in outreach activities. Continue reading “Research on a doctoral training scheme”