MSc Physics with Shock Physics
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90-94 credits
Dr Bill Proud
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.
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.
You take all of the modules below.
- 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 work
- Problem classes
- Self-study project
- Oral presentation
- Written report
You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
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 requirement (all applicants)
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.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
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.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
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.