MSc Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
This renowned course is designed to prepare students for PhD study in fundamental theoretical physics by bridging the gap between an undergraduate course and the research frontier.
About the course
The Theoretical Physics Group is internationally recognised for its contribution to our understanding of the unification of fundamental forces, the early universe, quantum gravity, supersymmetry, string theory, and quantum field theory.
This renowned MSc course is designed to prepare students for PhD study in fundamental theoretical physics by bridging the gap between an undergraduate course in physics or mathematics and the research frontier.
The origins of the programme date back to the founding of the Theoretical Physics Group by Abdus Salam, one of Imperial’s Nobel Laureates.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
The course lasts one calendar year full-time, or two years part-time. It begins in October, with formal coursework ending by June. You then undertake project work over the summer.
The lecture modules consist of four compulsory introductory modules, and four more advanced optional modules.
You may also select up to two advanced undergraduate modules among your four optional module selections.
- Particle symmetries
- Quantum electrodynamics
- Quantum field theory
- Advanced quantum field theory
- Black holes
- Cosmology and particle physics
- Differential geometry
- String theory
- The standard model and beyond
Minimum academic requirement
A first class (1st) Honours degree in physics or mathematics with theoretical physics options.
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
- £9,600 full-time
- £4,800* per year part-time
Islands and overseas students
- £25,000 full-time
- £12,500* per year part-time
* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.
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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