MSc Physics with Nanophotonics
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This MSc in Physics stream focuses on the area where nanotechnology and photonics meet, delivering the manipulation and control of light on the nanoscale, and training you in an exciting new field.
About the course
This is a new stream for the MSc in Physics. Nanophotonics is where the science and technology of nanotechnology and photonics meet, delivering the manipulation and control of light on the nanoscale.
This new field has already lead to exciting phenomenon such as negative refractive index materials and ‘cloaking’, and is the driving force behind many new applications in areas ranging from telecommunications and computing to green energy and healthcare.
Topics covered by the course include:
- The fundamental concepts of imaging light and optical systems
- General concepts of Plasmonics and Metamaterials
- Plasmonics for surface enhanced spectroscopies, photovoltaics and non-linear optics
- Negative refractive index materials and transformation optics
- Quantum Metamaterials
With nanophotonics at the forefront of both research and new industrial applications, students from this course will be trained in a field that is likely to grow as new start-ups and established companies employ nanophotonics in their business.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
This course shares the same content as the 12-month MSc in Physics except you replace three optional modules with three compulsory modules in nanophotonics.
- 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)
- Plasmonics and Metamaterials
- Advanced Topics in Nanophotonics
- Imaging (from the MSc in Optics and Photonics)
- Research skills training – a series of practical work and computer based classes
- Self-study project – a literature based project on a topic in nanophotonics
- Literature review and project plan
- Supervised research project undertaken in the field
You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.
You choose optionals from a list of specialised lecture modules 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.
Minimum academic requirement
First class (1st) Honours degree in physics. Other scientific disciplines (e.g. engineering, chemistry, mathematics) may be considered.
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
Islands and overseas students
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
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 online. For 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.
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.
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