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Key facts

Total expected intake 
240 (2018 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio
6.9 : 1 (for 2015 entry)

Research Excellence Framework 2014
92% of research classed as world leading or internationally excellent

About the Department

Imperial’s Department of Physics is one of the largest and most exciting in the UK.

Our vibrant and internationally leading research programme provides broad-based coverage of both fundamental and applied physics, contributing to ground-breaking discoveries in fields such as string theory, the origins of the universe, particle physics, thermonuclear fusion, laser science, and materials physics, among many others.

Past Department members include three Nobel Prize winners, and we are currently home to 16 Fellows of the Royal Society.

Recent highlights of our research programme have included the discovery of the most distant quasar yet seen; confirmation of exactly how round an electron is; the concept of space-time cloaking; how the recent behaviour of the Sun may be influencing climate; and our leading role in the successful search for the Higgs boson.

Our students have access to state-of-the-art lasers, facilities for nanoscale fabrication in clean room environments, plasma physics experiments, and data collected from major experiments such as CERN and from international space missions.

We have recently established an Industry Club to cement our relationship with industry and bring direct benefits to our students. A number of companies have also been successfully ‘spun out’ from research within the Department.


Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240/310 ECTS):

Transfer between courses

Please note there is no benefit in applying to multiple courses within the Department of Physics, and you should only apply to one course from this department.

The Department of Physics allows transfer between courses and the transfer rules are detailled on each of the pages above, see 'Transfer between courses' in the overview section.

If interviewed, you will have the opportunity to discuss your choice of degree and the potential to transfer on to another degree within the department.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.