Physics and Astronomy studiesat the University of Glasgowwww.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/
Scotland...
Where is it?
Scotland – the Nation • 1 of 4 unique nations in the UK •   Scotland’s population is 5 million • Scottish Government •   D...
The Scottish Climate•   Moderate:•   27C maximum in summer•   About 5C in winter•   Sunshine and rain in all seasons•   Sn...
The City of Glasgow•   One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe•   Population around 800,000•   Host of the 2014 Comm...
Main campusThe University Tower   The main campus at night   Biomedical                                                   ...
Famous Glasgow namesWilliam Rankine
Four collegesArtsMedical, Veterinary and Life SciencesScience and EngineeringSocial Sciences Facilitate collaboration, mu...
The College of Science & EngineeringSchool of ChemistrySchool of Computing ScienceSchool of EngineeringSchool of Geographi...
The College of Science & Engineering   Research funding circa £35 million per annum provides    unique facilities that al...
Research
Research in Physics & AstronomyResearch themes:      Astronomy and astrophysics      Gravitational research      Materi...
Research in Physics & AstronomyAstronomy and astrophysics   theory and simulation of solar and astrophysical plasmas;   ...
Research in Physics & AstronomyNuclear physics   First precision measurement of charge distribution within the    neutron...
Research in Physics & AstronomyExperimental particle physics   the world’s largest computer GRID now exceeds 100 sites   ...
Why study in Scotland?•   Over 500 years of higher education•   Internationally recognised and accepted qualifications•   ...
Great facilitiesLibrary                             Sport and Recreation facilities•   Established 1475                •  ...
Student life•   Students’ Representative Council•   Two student unions     – Glasgow University Union (GUU)     – Queen Ma...
Sports clubs•   Swimming•   Skiing & snowboarding•   Karate•   Cheerleading•   Hockey•   Ultimate frisbee•   Curling•   Cr...
Clubs and SocietiesOver 150 clubs and societies•   Cecilian Society•   Photography Society•   European Geography•   Juggli...
Student accommodation• 3,300 bed spaces in University owned/managed  accommodation• International students guaranteed a pl...
Studying science at Glasgow
Science at GlasgowFlexibilityChoiceExcellence
FlexibilityEntry to scienceDegree subject not fixed till third yearPossible to take non-science courses in1st and 2nd year...
ChoiceFirst-year science coursesArchaeology                             Exploring the cosmosAstronomy                     ...
Excellence• Teaching Excellence Awardsrecognise and celebrate members ofstaff whose teaching is of a particularlyhigh stan...
Our degreesBSc (three years)BSc Honours (four years)MSci Honours (five years)• advanced first degree with  work placement ...
Adviser of StudiesLooks after you during your degreeGets to know youMonitors your progressAdvises on course choicesHelps w...
Undergraduate study• 4-year BSc/BEng Honours and 5-year MSci/MEng programmes (some with  work placement)• A wide range of ...
Graduate destinationsWhat were our 2010 science graduates doing six months after                       graduation?        ...
Join us for a PhD?•   Funded University Scholarships–    www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/internationalscholarships/postgraduate...
China Scholarships Council• How to Apply:– The first wave of applications are received by CSC between 20February and 20 Ma...
Join us for a MScTaught postgraduate masters in:• Astrophysics• Physics: Energy and the Environment• Physics: Advanced Mat...
Physics and AstronomyPostgraduate taught programmes    Physics: Energy and the Environment    Physics: Advanced Material...
Physics and AstronomyPostgraduate taught programmes   Astrophysics    –   provides students with the theoretical, observa...
Physics and Astronomy• Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow•   Studying Physics and/or Astronomy at Glasgow offers you a funda...
Fees and funding• In 2011-12, the annual fee is £15000 for international students                           Note: All full...
University of Glasgow - summary•   One of the UKs most prestigious universities•   International reputation for research a...
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Physics and Astronomy studies at the University of Glasgow

  1. 1. Physics and Astronomy studiesat the University of Glasgowwww.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/
  2. 2. Scotland...
  3. 3. Where is it?
  4. 4. Scotland – the Nation • 1 of 4 unique nations in the UK • Scotland’s population is 5 million • Scottish Government • Diverse and beautiful countryside • Hospitable and welcoming people • 4 major citiesCafé culture Castles Glasgow Countryside
  5. 5. The Scottish Climate• Moderate:• 27C maximum in summer• About 5C in winter• Sunshine and rain in all seasons• Snow is rare in the city• Long summer days
  6. 6. The City of Glasgow• One of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe• Population around 800,000• Host of the 2014 Commonwealth Games• A cultural city – free art galleries and museums – home to Scottish Opera, Orchestra, Ballet, Theatre – famous festivals: music, comedy, film, whisky, arts – excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs – Lonely Planet named Glasgow as one of the world’s top 10 cities in 2008 – UK City of Architecture 1999• A commercial city – Historically known for shipbuilding and heavy engineering – today: media, creative arts, electronics, financial services, education, bioscience, tourism
  7. 7. Main campusThe University Tower The main campus at night Biomedical Centre
  8. 8. Famous Glasgow namesWilliam Rankine
  9. 9. Four collegesArtsMedical, Veterinary and Life SciencesScience and EngineeringSocial Sciences Facilitate collaboration, multi-disciplinarity and joint working Enhance efficiency and effectiveness of academic units Facilitate improved research performance Improve communication to stimulate creativity Enhance the postgraduate student environment Support strategies to improve student success Build on the high quality student experience
  10. 10. The College of Science & EngineeringSchool of ChemistrySchool of Computing ScienceSchool of EngineeringSchool of Geographical & Earth SciencesSchool of Mathematics & StatisticsSchool of Physics & AstronomySchool of PsychologyResearch Institute in Neuroscience and Psychologywww.glasgow.ac.uk/colleges/scienceengineering
  11. 11. The College of Science & Engineering Research funding circa £35 million per annum provides unique facilities that also support our postgraduate researchers ~270 academic staff, ~70 research fellows, ~120 research associates, and ~80 research assistants In excess of 600 PhD students More than 300 postgraduate taught Masters students Four of the UK’s top ten Research Units in the RAE 2008 – Computing Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, and Psychology
  12. 12. Research
  13. 13. Research in Physics & AstronomyResearch themes:  Astronomy and astrophysics  Gravitational research  Materials and condensed matter physics  Nuclear physics  Optics  Particle physicsCollaboration with Physics departments throughout Scotlandthrough Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), and withUniversities and Faculties all over the world.www.glasgow.ac.uk/schools/physics/research/
  14. 14. Research in Physics & AstronomyAstronomy and astrophysics theory and simulation of solar and astrophysical plasmas; understanding particle acceleration and energy release through the evolution of EM fields; cosmology; low-temperature gas-plasmas for commercial use.Institute for gravitational research spearheading the development of leading instrumentation for the next generation of gravitational wave detectors, on the ground and in space
  15. 15. Research in Physics & AstronomyNuclear physics First precision measurement of charge distribution within the neutron at the Mainz MicrotronOptics Optical momentum, its foundations and applications, from making knots of light, showing new forms of quantum entanglement and imaging to the holographic optical control of bacteria and cellsTheoretical particle physics The world’s most accurate calculations using the theory of the strong force have given us quark properties to 1%, testing the Standard Model of particle physics
  16. 16. Research in Physics & AstronomyExperimental particle physics the world’s largest computer GRID now exceeds 100 sites solving problems in Particle Physics, Bioinformatics, Computing and EngineeringMaterials and condensed matter physics functional materials by nanoscale control advanced imaging and characterisation for development of novel polymers, semiconductors and magnetic materials leading to new solar cells, memory and much more Kelvin Nanocharacterisation Centre
  17. 17. Why study in Scotland?• Over 500 years of higher education• Internationally recognised and accepted qualifications• Comparably low costs• Very high quality of teaching and research• The University of Glasgow is rated 1st in the UK for international student satisfaction, according to the International Student Barometer 2011.
  18. 18. Great facilitiesLibrary Sport and Recreation facilities• Established 1475 • Two large sites, indoor and outdoor• One of Europe’s largest • Swimming pool• Over two million items over 9 • Fully-equipped gyms floors • 50+ classes per week • All-weather pitches • 3 tennis courts • Cricket oval
  19. 19. Student life• Students’ Representative Council• Two student unions – Glasgow University Union (GUU) – Queen Margaret Union (QM)• Clubs and societies• GUSA – Sports Association• Student media• Student volunteering
  20. 20. Sports clubs• Swimming• Skiing & snowboarding• Karate• Cheerleading• Hockey• Ultimate frisbee• Curling• Cricket• Golf• Windsurfing• Boxing• Rugby• and many more…
  21. 21. Clubs and SocietiesOver 150 clubs and societies• Cecilian Society• Photography Society• European Geography• Juggling Club• Student Theatre• GU Alchemists’ Society• Computing Society• Astronomy Society• GU Veterinary Medical Association
  22. 22. Student accommodation• 3,300 bed spaces in University owned/managed accommodation• International students guaranteed a place for year of entry• Self-catered• Catered• Residence fees are inclusive of: – heating and lighting – internet access – bedding – group insurance cover for possessions – laundry allowance – on-site warden – free access to SRC minibus campus to halls (evenings during term time)
  23. 23. Studying science at Glasgow
  24. 24. Science at GlasgowFlexibilityChoiceExcellence
  25. 25. FlexibilityEntry to scienceDegree subject not fixed till third yearPossible to take non-science courses in1st and 2nd yearAt least 350 subject combinationsPossible to transfer to Arts or SocialSciences in some cases
  26. 26. ChoiceFirst-year science coursesArchaeology Exploring the cosmosAstronomy GeographyBiology MathematicsChemistry PhysicsComputing science PsychologyEarth science Science fundamentalsEnvironmental science StatisticsYou may also include subjects offered in other areas
  27. 27. Excellence• Teaching Excellence Awardsrecognise and celebrate members ofstaff whose teaching is of a particularlyhigh standard•Student Representative CouncilPrizes for Excellent Teachers (PETS)•National Student Survey 201190% student satisfaction overallThree subjects ranked top in the UK•International Student Barometer 201194% satisfaction with the University’s expertlecturers
  28. 28. Our degreesBSc (three years)BSc Honours (four years)MSci Honours (five years)• advanced first degree with work placement for one year in some courses
  29. 29. Adviser of StudiesLooks after you during your degreeGets to know youMonitors your progressAdvises on course choicesHelps with personal problemsDirects you to other sources of help
  30. 30. Undergraduate study• 4-year BSc/BEng Honours and 5-year MSci/MEng programmes (some with work placement)• A wide range of joint honours degree programmes• A number of international partnerships (e.g. 2+2, 3+1) with overseas institutions• Most degree programmes accredited by Professional Societies• Scholarships available for excellent international students• Very high scores in National Student Survey (NSS) and International Student BarometerMore information at: www.glasgow.ac.uk/scholarships/ www.glasgow.ac.uk/undergraduate/ www.glasgow.ac.uk/international/abroadexchange/
  31. 31. Graduate destinationsWhat were our 2010 science graduates doing six months after graduation? Seeking employment or training 9% Other 6% Entered study or training 40% Entered work 45%
  32. 32. Join us for a PhD?• Funded University Scholarships– www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/internationalscholarships/postgraduateresearch/– www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/homeandeuscholarships/• Funded Studentships from Scottish Universities Physics Alliance– www.supa.ac.uk/Graduate_School/prize• General contact: pgadmissions@physics.gla.ac.uk www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/ www.gla.ac.uk/research/opportunitieshowtoapplyforaresearchdegree/
  33. 33. China Scholarships Council• How to Apply:– The first wave of applications are received by CSC between 20February and 20 March every year.– At the time of applying, applicants must have already received: anunconditional offer from University of Glasgow, accompanied by confirmation that tuition will be waived on gaining CSC stipenda recommendation from the applicants home (Chinese) university.– Potential applicants should first apply for a University of GlasgowPhD in the normal way. See instructions on how to apply here:http://www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapplyforaresearchdegree/– State clearly on the PhD application form that you wish to applyfor CSC funding.
  34. 34. Join us for a MScTaught postgraduate masters in:• Astrophysics• Physics: Energy and the Environment• Physics: Advanced Materials• Physics: Life Sciences• Physics: Global Security• Physics: Nuclear Technology JOIN US FOR A TAUGHT MSC• Theoretical Physics It’s me! (ONE-YEAR)Funded University ScholarshipsGeneral contact: physics-pgtadmissions@glasgow.ac.ukwww.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/howtoapplyforataughtdegree/www.gla.ac.uk/scholarships/internationalscholarships/postgraduatetaught/
  35. 35. Physics and AstronomyPostgraduate taught programmes Physics: Energy and the Environment Physics: Advanced Materials Physics: Life Sciences Physics: Global Security Physics: Nuclear Technology Aim to give students an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on their application to global challenges, at a level appropriate for a professional physicist
  36. 36. Physics and AstronomyPostgraduate taught programmes Astrophysics – provides students with the theoretical, observational and computational skills necessary to analyse and solve a range of advanced astrophysics problems Theoretical Physics – aims to give you an understanding of the principles and methods of modern physics, with particular emphasis on the theoretical aspects of the subject, at a level appropriate for a professional physicistThese programmes provide an excellent foundation for a career of scientific leadershipin academia or industry.Further information at:www.glasgow.ac.uk/schools/physics/postgraduate/
  37. 37. Physics and Astronomy• Physics and Astronomy at Glasgow• Studying Physics and/or Astronomy at Glasgow offers you a fundamental understanding of the way the Universe works, brings you to the forefront of technology, and provides the opportunity to work in world-leading research groups.• Astronomy lectures are complemented by our observatory, planetarium and telescope facilities. The University has close links with the Glasgow Science Centre, home to one of the UK’s best planetariums.
  38. 38. Fees and funding• In 2011-12, the annual fee is £15000 for international students Note: All full-time registered students in Scotland are covered for free health-care •Free doctors’ consultations •Free hospital treatments
  39. 39. University of Glasgow - summary• One of the UKs most prestigious universities• International reputation for research and teaching• At or near the top of National and International Student Surveys• One of the top for transferable skills training• Flexibility and choice• Friendly and supportive• A great European city1370 Chinese students at the University of Glasgow. 168 of these students areundergraduates, and one of them is an undergrad in Physics and Astronomy.See also: http://www.gla.ac.uk/international/country/china/

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