MSc Theory and Simulation of Materials
Start date: October 2017
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
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.
About the course
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.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
The MSc draws upon the unique breadth and depth of the expertise at Imperial, which involves seven departments across the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering. You will be able to participate fully in the exciting research seminars and workshops of the Thomas Young Centre, the London Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials.
The course comprises eight core and two advanced modules, after which there is a five-month research project.
Teaching involves a mix of lectures, directed reading, problem classes, group and individual projects, computational exercises and seminars.
Assessment of the taught modules is by a combination of coursework, written examinations and oral examination; the research project is assessed through an oral presentation and a thesis.
- Mathematics for theory of materials
- Equilibrium in materials
- Transformations of materials
- Electronic structure of materials
- Classical field theory of materials
- Methods of simulating materials
- Computational methods of materials
- Group software development project or group research frontiers project
- Advanced equilibrium in materials
- Advanced transformations of materials
- Advanced electronic structure of materials
- Advanced classical field theory of materials
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.
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 for 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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