Love Theoretical Physics?

One of graduates, Tomáš Gonda,  shares his personal experience  of this interesting and alternative Masters programme.  If you want to apply, closing date is coming up fast. Deadline date of February 1, 2017

Perimeter Scholars International (PSI) is a fairly new Masters programme offered by the Perimeter Institute (PI), one of the leading research centres in theoretical physics. It was created with an idea to offer an alternative to other similar programmes by avoiding grade-chasing aspect of these. This would enable students to focus on learning whatever they are most interested in without being forced to compete with the rest of the class.

Despite the fact that there are no official grades, there is an interview after each of the six core courses. It takes form of an informal discussion on the subject which can take many directions. A certain standard is required to pass each of these courses, but it is very rare that someone would fail the programme because of this.

The courses are often being taught by guest lecturers from other institutions apart from PI faculty members. This can be a bit of a hit and miss. Most of them are very good, but from time to time a lecturer who is not familiar with the context and style of courses can have issues adapting. Courses follow slightly different structure, being only 3 weeks long with a lecture every day, which might be one of the reasons for that.

One of the most important aspects of PSI is that it gives students a unique opportunity to interact with world-class researchers and this is very much encouraged. Thanks to the generally very open atmosphere at PI and the fact that the class is quite small, it is easy to get in touch with any of the faculty members or numerous interesting visitors throughout the year. The research aspect of PSI is also reflected in a sort of thesis carried out together with anyone from PI, Institute for Quantum Computing or University of Waterloo.

And last but not least, everything that one needs during the year is provided (meals, accommodation, laptop, etc.)

New student loans for taught postgraduate courses

The Scottish government has now introduced the new student loans for taught postgraduate courses up to Masters level, available from 2017-18 academic year. The maximum loan is £10,000, with up to £5,500 for tuition fees and £4500 for living costs, and there’s no limit on the funded places.

They are for UK students who meet the residency requirement (must have been resident in Scotland for 3 years, not including for periods of study). EU students will be able to apply for tuition fee loans from 2018 academic year. Applications open in April.

There’s more information now on the SAAS website

Summer placements with DESY

DESY is one of the world‘s leading accelerator centers for investigating the structure of matter. DESY develops and builds large particle accelerators and conducts research in the fields of photon science and particle physics. The research facilities of DESY are used by a large international community of scientists.

Each summer DESY offers students in physics or related natural science disciplines the opportunity to participate in its research activities. About 100 students from
all over the world take part in DESY’s research and attend the lecture program.

Find out more here

Application Deadline is 31 January, 2017.

Not sure where physics can take you?

2nd or 3rd year physicist? Not sure where physics can take you?

This informal and practical session will give you a head start in knowing where to look to get some ideas and raise your awareness of your options with physics.

When : Wednesday 25 January 2017          Where: JCMB 3217

Time: 2pm – 2.40pm

This session is for any 2nd and 3rd year Physics student including direct entry.You can just turn up but to guarantee a place, book via MyCareerHub events (search Physics)