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Why 4 years for M.Sci Theoretical Physics in UK?

  1. Dec 26, 2009 #1

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    I am going to apply for UK universities for postgraduate.

    Why 4 years for M.Sci Theoretical Physics in UK?

    4 years full-time Hon M.Phys

    How many years for P.hd?

    After full time M.sci or M.Phill 4 years I get Hon M.Phys ??

    please tell me ?

    Some universities offer some combined courses, What is the use of taking combined courses ?

    -Mathematics with theoretical Physics.
    -Applied math with theoretical Physics.
    -Physics with theoretical Physics.


    What should I take ?
    I am confused ??
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2009 #2

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    An M.Sci is an undergraduate degree in the UK. As you have noted, it takes four years. The first three years are usually the same as the equivalent bachelor's degree, with the fourth year being the masters year.

    If you already hold a bachelor's degree, you should look at taking a year long masters course (usually called an M.Sc), or going straight onto the PhD programme.

    A PhD programme usually takes between 3 and 4 years to complete (though some people take longer).
     
  4. Dec 26, 2009 #3

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    I am going to complete my B.sc next year.
    so, M.sc is one year ONLY ?
    or 2 years of masters ??

    How can I take m.sc with P.hd ?
     
  5. Dec 26, 2009 #4

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    Most taught master's degrees in the UK are one year.

    I'm not sure I understand: you want to take a masters degree at the same time as a PhD? Perhaps you're thinking of the US system where students regularly obtain "en route" masters degrees after completing their compulsory coursework. That doesn't happen in the UK. You can either take an MSc, and then apply for a PhD, or you can go straight from your BSc to a PhD (and probably have a list of courses you will be required to take in your first year).
     
  6. Dec 26, 2009 #5

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    I will take P.hd after M.sc.
    can I ? in fact in my country both are combined.

    and how much do I need to score in IELTS ?
     
  7. Dec 26, 2009 #6

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    what qualification required for Uk universities ?

    like IELTS ?

    I want imperial,Manchester ...

    what about Oxford and Cambridge ?

    How can I know that I am eligible ?
     
  8. Dec 26, 2009 #7

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    what is postgraduate taught?
    and postgraduate research ?
     
  9. Dec 26, 2009 #8

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    Sure, you can do that.

    Most of the better MSc courses demand a first class (UK) degree or equivalent. You will need to check individual websites to see whether or not your degree is classed as an "equivalent".

    The Imperial website says this about the IELTS

    link here: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/registry/admissions/pgenglish
     
  10. Dec 26, 2009 #9

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  11. Dec 26, 2009 #10

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    A postgraduate research course is a course leading to a PhD (for technical reasons, you're not classed as a PhD student until after the first or second year-- a bit like qualifiers in the US). A postgraduate taught course is a course leading to an MSc.
     
  12. Dec 26, 2009 #11

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    what should I take ?
    I am confused a lot !
     
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