Dark matter research in physics

Duration: 2 years full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 120 credits
 

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course shares the same programme as the 12-month MSc in Physics programme, except that the project is undertaken over nine months in the second academic year.

About the course

Overview

The Department offers a prestigious MSc in Physics, tailored to very able BSc graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge of physics, and who are looking to pursue a research career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.

The course is open to both physicists and students from mathematics, chemistry or engineering disciplines, provided they have a sufficiently strong physics and mathematics background.

The MSc in Physics with Extended Research shares the same course as the 12-month MSc in Physics programme, except that the project is undertaken over nine months in the second academic year.

It is normally possible to transfer to or from the MSc in Physics in the first 6 months of the course.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Modules

Compulsory modules
  • Mathematical techniques (unless you have covered the material in your previous degree in which case another optional module may be chosen)
  • Advanced classical physics (unless you have covered the material in your previous degree in which case another optional module may be chosen)
Project work
  • Research skills training – a series of practical work and computer based classes
  • Self-study project – a literature based project on a topic in physics
  • Literature review and project plan
  • Supervised research project which runs over nine months in the second academic year

You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.

Optional modules

You choose optional modules from a list of specialised lecture courses at Level 4 from the MSci course or one of the Department's Master's courses. You may include one Level 3 module in your choice.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

First class (1st) Honours degree in physics. Other scientific disciplines (e.g. engineering, chemistry, mathematics) may be considered.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification.

For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:

£7,600 per year

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£19,200 per year

The fees for this course are fixed for both years.

Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply onlineFor full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate
An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.

Further information

Find out more about the MSc in Physics with Extended Research, including more detailed course content.