Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.
This prestigious course is tailored to very able graduates who wish to deepen their knowledge of physics, and are looking to pursue a research career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.
About the course
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.
A stream is available within this course in shock physics: MSc in Physics with Shock Physics. This stream focuses on the understanding of what happens to matter under extreme conditions.
A second stream is available in nanophotonics: MSc in Physics with Nanophotonics. This stream considers the interaction of photons with matter at the smallest of scales.
The Department also offers a two-year MSc in Physics with Extended Research. The MSc in Physics with Extended Research shares the same course as the 12-month programme, except that the project is undertaken over nine months in the second academic year.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
The MSc builds upon the existing Master's programmes and 4th year lecture modules, with new advanced teaching and project elements designed specifically to further develop research skills.
The 12-month full-time programme consists of lecture courses and project work. This is followed by a three-month supervised project in a specialist area, drawn from the wide range of research activity carried out within the Department or at an external research laboratory or company.
- 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)
- Self-study project – a literature based project on a topic in physics
- Research skills training – a series of practical work and computer based classes
- Project literature review and project plan
- Supervised research project
You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.
You choose optional modules 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.
The course structure of the stream in shock physics is the same as the above, except you replace 15 ECTS of your optional modules with compulsory modules in shock physics and your literature review and extended research project will be undertaken with the Institute of Shock Physics.
The course structure of the stream in nanophotonics is the same as the MSc in Physics, except you replace three of your optional modules with compulsory modules in the subject and your literature review and extended research project will be undertaken on nanophotonics.
It is normally possible to transfer between streams within the first 6 months of the Msc if the relevant options have been taken.
Please note: modules are subject to change.
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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