MSc Theory and Simulation of Materials
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Dr Arash Mostofi
This course is aimed at mathematically talented students, and provides a foundation in the theoretical physics of materials and its application in simulations across different length and time scales to problems of technological importance.
The Department of Physics is leading an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Theory and Simulation of Materials.
The Centre offers a four-year PhD, the first year of which leads to an MSc. Self-funded students may take the MSc by itself as a 12-month full-time course.
This course is aimed at mathematically talented students who relish theoretical and computational treatments of condensed matter that are relevant to major issues facing society today, such as energy supply, global warming, health and security.
It provides a foundation in the theoretical physics of materials and its application in simulations across different length and time scales to problems of technological importance.
With strong links to industry, other leading academic institutions, and government labs in the UK and overseas, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with external organisations, including collaborative research projects.
Fully funded four-year studentships are available for UK and EU students ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the grant. This funding is for students intending to stay on for the four-year PhD only.
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.
- Classical Field Theory of Materials
- Computational Methods
- Electronic Structure of Materials
- Equilibrium in Materials
- Group Project
- Literature Review
- Mathematics for Theory of Materials
- Methods of Simulating Materials
- Research Project
- Transformation of Materials
You choose two optional modules from below.
- Classical Field Theory of Materials – Advanced
- Electronic Structure of Materials – Advanced
- Equilibrium in Materials – Advanced
- Transformation of Materials – Advanced
Teaching and assessment
- Computational work
- Practical classes
- Problem classes
- Self-study project
- Oral presentation
- Written examination
- 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 can 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
A first class (1st) Honours degree in physical sciences or engineering.
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.