MSc Physics with Shock Physics
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Shock physics explores what happens to matter under extreme conditions. This course will train you in techniques that are of value to potential industrial employers, government agencies and other organisations.
You can now apply for this course directly through our online system for October 2016 entry, rather than as a stream within MSc Physics.
About the course
Shock physics focuses on the understanding of what happens to matter under extreme conditions. This research can be applied in many ways, including:
- analysing the effect of meteorite impacts on planets, spacecraft and satellites
- understanding how tsunamis are formed
- understanding the high pressure conditions that occur at the core of planets
This course explores the response of a wide range of materials, from rock to plasma, when subjected to rapid or high pressure loading. This area is important for a number of applications, such as:
- preventing impact damage to transportation vehicles
- petrochemical and other offshore platforms
- astrophysics and studies into the internal conditions of nuclear energy reactors
You will be trained in techniques that are of value to potential industrial employers, government agencies and other organisations.
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 15 ECTS optional modules with three compulsory modules in shock physics.
- Advanced Classical Physics*
- Fluid Dynamics
- Introduction to Shock Physics
- Mathematical Methods*
- Research Skills
- Self-Study project
- Shock Waves in Context
* these modules may be substituted if the content has already been covered at undergraduate level
You choose optional modules to the value of 12 ECTS credits, and the below modules are credited at 3, 6 or 8 ECTS credits each.
- Advanced Hydrodynamics
- Advanced Particle Physics
- Atmospheric Physics
- Complexity and Networks
- Computational Neuroscience
- Computational Physics
- Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
- General Relativity
- Group Theory
- Imaging and Biophotonics
- Information Theory
- Laser Technology
- 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
Teaching and assessment
- Practical classes
- Practical work
- Problem classes
- Self-study project
- Oral presentation
- Problem sheets
- Small projects
- Written report
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.