Physics PhD student with lab equipmentDuration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
LocationSouth 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

Overview

Nanophotonics is a stream within our MSc in Physics which 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.

Structure

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.

Core modules

  • Advanced Classical Physics*
  • Advanced Topics in Nanophotonics
  • Imaging
  • Mathematical Methods*
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials
  • Research Project
  • Research Skills
  • Self-Study Project

* these modules may be substituted if the content has already been covered at undergraduate level

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
  • Practical classes
  • Problem classes
  • Self-study project
  • Tutorials

Assessment

  • Dissertation
  • Examinations
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster
  • Problem sheets
  • Report
  • Small projects
  • Viva
  • Written report

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:

£10,000

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:

£25,500

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 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.

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.