Physics

Key information

Duration: 2 years full-time
Start date: October 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 120-122 credits

Course Director
Dr Julia Sedgbeer

Open to applications
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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.

Str

Core modules

You take all of the modules below.

  • Advanced Classical Physics
  • Literature Review/Project Plan
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Research Project
  • Research Skills
  • Self Study project

Optional modules

You choose optional modules to the value of 30 ECTS credits, and the below modules are credited at 3, 6 or 8 ECTS credits each.

  • Advanced Hydrodynamics
  • Advanced Particle Physics
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Complexity and Networks
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Computational Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
  • General Relativity
  • Group Theory
  • Imaging and Biophotonics
  • Information Theory
  • Laser Technology
  • Lasers
  • Light and Matter
  • Medical Imaging: Nuclear Diagnostics and MRI
  • Medical Imaging: X-Rays and Ultrasound
  • Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics
  • Optical Communications
  • Plasma Physics
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  • Principles of Instrumentation
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Quantum Information
  • Quantum Optics
  • Quantum Theory of Matter
  • Space Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Unification

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Blackboard
  • E-learning
  • Lectures
  • Panopto
  • Practical work
  • Problem classes
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study project

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examination
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster
  • Practical
  • Viva
  • Written report

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Tuition fees and funding

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

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
£7,600 per year*

* This fee is fixed for both years

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
£19,200 per year*

* This fee is fixed for both years

Postgraduate Master's loan

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. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

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 requirement (all applicants)

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.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

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.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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

Physics students

Contact us

T: +44 (0)20 7594 7512
E: l.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.