Master Level Courses

Master Level Courses in the Department of Physics

All Master Qualifications include a suite of Graduate School professional skills courses

Terms run typically from:

Term 1: 30th September – 15th December; Term 2: 6th Jan – 23rd March; Term 28th Apr – 30th Sept.

1 ECTS = 25 work hours

 

1. MSc in Optics and Photonics

Term 1:

Students study 3 compulsory lecture courses:

  • Imaging (6 ECTS);
  • Lasers (6 ECTS);
  • Optical Measurement and Devices (6 ECTS)

And either

  • Optical Communications/Information Theory (3 ECTS each); or
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials (6 ECTS).

The students complete a series of compulsory laboratory experiments (7 ECTS).

Term 2:

Optional courses: 24 ECTS from the following:

  • Advanced Topics in Nanophotonics (6 ECTS)
  • Laser Technology (3 ECTS);
  • Nonlinear Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Laser Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Biomedical Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Photonics Structures (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Fibre Technology (3 ECTS);
  • Optoelectronic Components and Devices (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Displays (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Design (6 ECTS);
  • Optical Design Laboratory (6 ECTS).

Students design and build a working optical system as part of their laboratory work (5 ECTS).

Students undertake a supervised ‘self-study’ literature review, assessed by a written report and a presentation (2 ECTS).

Term Three and Summer:

The students complete their 4 month project and submit a report and an assessed presentation (28 ECTS). The projects may be based at an external institution (but with an Imperial College supervisor assigned). 

2. MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces

Term 1:

Students study 4 compulsory lecture courses:

  • Quantum Electrodynamics (8 ECTS);
  • Quantum Field Theory (8 ECTS);
  • Unification – the Standard Model (8 ECTS);
  • Particle Symmetries (8 ECTS).
  • Students take four optional lecture courses over terms 1 and 2. In the first term the options are:
  • Differential Geometry (8 ECTS);
  • Group Theory (6 ECTS);
  • General Relativity (6 ECTS);
  • Quantum Information (6 ECTS).

The Theoretical Physics group offers a series of seminars - students are expected to attend some of them.

Term 2:

In January, two tests (two hours long) on the first term's courses, one on Particle Symmetries, the other examining both the QFT and Unification courses. These do not count towards the final degree result.

Students complete the Quantum Electrodynamics course.

Students complete their selection of optional courses from the following options:

  • String Theory (8 ECTS);
  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (6 ECTS);
  • Cosmology and Particle Physics (8 ECTS);
  • Supersymmetry (8 ECTS);
  • Advanced Quantum Field Theory (8 ECTS);
  • Black Holes (8 ECTS);
  • Quantum Theory of Matter (6 ECTS).

Term 3 and Summer:

After the exams there are a series of special topics lectures. By the beginning of July students shall have chosen the topic of their dissertation, which is submitted in late September (30 ECTS).

3. MSc in Theory and Simulation of Materials

Term 1:

Students study 6 compulsory lecture courses:

  • Mathematics for Theory of Materials (8 ECTS);
  • Classical Field Theory of Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Electronic Structure of Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Equilibrium in Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Transformation of Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Computational Methods for Materials (3 ECTS). 

Term 2:

Students study three more compulsory lecture courses:

  • Methods for Simulating Materials (8 ECTS);
  • Computational Methods for Materials (3 ECTS)
  • Group Research Strategy Project

In addition students study two of the following optional courses (which develop the material taught in the first term)

  • Classical Field Theory of Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Electronic Structure of Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Equilibrium in Materials (4 ECTS);
  • Transformation of Materials (4 ECTS); 

Term 3 and Summer:

The students undertake a literature review (9 ECTS) and a research project and submit a report and give an assessed presentation (27 ECTS).

This course is offered as part of the CDT in Theory and Simulation of Materials.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/theory-and-simulation-of-materials  

4. MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials

Term 1:

Students study 4 compulsory lecture courses:

  • Fundamentals of Organic and Inorganic Semiconductors and Optoelectronic Processes (4 ECTS)
  • Materials Synthesis and Processing (4 ECTS)
  • Materials Characterisation (4 ECTS)
  • Device Physics and Applications (4 ECTS)

Several short courses on ethics and entrepreneurship courses are given.

The students complete a literature review in preparation of their project (10 ECTS).

Term 2:

Several practical workshops organised in conjunction with, and frequently hosted by the industrial partners of the CDT.

The courses offered may include (6 ECTS total):

  • Design and processing of molecular materials;
  • Structural, optical and electrical characterisation;
  • Imaging and advanced measurement of molecular electronic materials;
  • Polymer processing;
  • High volume printing;
  • Device fabrication;
  • Molecular modelling.

Students attend themed 1 and 2 day research seminars delivered by leading experts to address recent progress and challenges in a number of application areas.

Students take a further non-examined relevant Masters course from outside the CDT (2 ECTS).

The students begin their project work.

Term 3 and Summer:

Students complete their projects (56 ECTS).

 This course is offered as part of the CDT in Plastic Electronics. 

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/plastic-electronics/

5. MRes in Controlled Quantum Dynamics

Term 1:

The students study four compulsory lecture courses;

  • Quantum Optics (6 ECTS);
  • Introductory Quantum Information Theory (6 ECTS);
  • Quantum Physics and Chemistry of Cold Matter (5 ECTS);
  • Tools for CQD (6 ECTS). This course continues in term 2.

The students are also required to take an appropriate lecture course (6 ECTS) from another Masters course or a level 4 MSci course, in either Term 1 or Term 2. They should also attend the Light Matter Interactions course.

Term 2:

The students study two further compulsory courses:

  • Platforms for Quantum Technology (5 ECTS); and either
  • Advanced Quantum Information Theory or a laboratory course (5 ECTS). Students will be expected to attend both but be assessed on one.  

The students work with the CDT Outreach Officer on an Outreach project, where the students work in teams to prepare a lecture on the research carried out in the CDTs, suitable for an undergraduate audience (5 ECTS).

Term 3 and Summer:

During the third term and the summer the students will work full time on their individual research project (46 ECTS).

This course is offered as part of the CDT in Controlled Quantum Dynamics.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/controlled-quantum-dynamics  


6. MRes in Photonics

 Term 1:

Three compulsory lecture courses:

  • Imaging (6 ECTS);
  • Lasers (6 ECTS);
  • Optical Measurement and Devices (6 ECTS)

And either

  • Optical Communications/Information Theory (3 ECTS each); or
  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials (6 ECTS).

 The students complete a series of compulsory laboratory experiments (6 ECTS).

Term 2:

Students may choose up to 12 ECTS worth of courses from the following optional courses. These courses will be chosen to support their project work, with the approval of their supervisor.

  • Advanced Topics in Nanophotonics (6 ECTS);
  • Laser Technology (3 ECTS);
  • Nonlinear Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Laser Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Biomedical Optics (3 ECTS);
  • Photonics Structures (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Fibre Technology (3 ECTS);
  • Optoelectronic Components and Devices (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Displays (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Design (6 ECTS);
  • Optical Design Laboratory (6 ECTS).

The students prepare a literature review and project plan for their MRes project and PhD study (if appropriate) (10 ECTS).  Project work starts in term 2.

Term Three and Summer:

The students continue their projects and submit a report and an assessed presentation (50 ECTS).

This course is offered as part of an integrated 1+3 MRes plus PhD.

http://www.imperial.ac.uk/photonics/

7. MSc in Physics

Term 1:

Compulsory lecture courses:

  • Mathematical Techniques (6 ECTS);
  • Advanced Classical Physics (6 ECTS).

Students who have already covered ACP and/or Mathematical techniques in sufficient depth take additional options.

Optional lecture courses - All students choose 30 ECTS of options (6 ECTS each unless specified) from the list below of specialised lecture courses, some are offered in term 2,  or courses offered by the Department’s other masters courses (please note that a few courses may not be available because of equipment or the need to have studied several pre-requisite courses).

  • Advanced Particle Physics;
  • Atmospheric Physics;
  • Concepts in Device Physics:
  • Cosmology;
  • General Relativity;
  • Introduction to Shock PhysicsA
  • Laser Technology;
  • Plasmonics and MetamaterialsB;
  • Quantum Field Theory;
  • Quantum Information;
  • Quantum Optics;
  • Quantum Theory of Matter;
  • Space Physics;
  • Unification/The Standard Model.
  • Astrophysics;
  • Computational Physics;
  • Complexity and Networks;
  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics;
  • Group Theory;
  • Instrumentation;
  • Plasma Physics;
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Imaging and Biophotonics (3 ECTS);
  • Lasers (3 ECTS);
  • Optical Communications (3 ECTS);
  • Information Theory (3 ECTS);
  • Medical Imaging: Nuclear Diagnostics and MRI (3 ECTS);
  • Medical Imaging: X-Ray Imaging and Ultrasound (3 ECTS);
  • Advanced Hydrodynamics (3 ECTS);
  • Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics (3 ECTS);
  • Fluid DynamicsA (3 ECTS).

 Self Study Project (6 ECTS), a literature based project on a topic in physics.

 Term 2:

Laboratory Research Skills Training (6 ECTS). In the second term the students have a series of laboratory based exercises and mini-projects, designed to teach them how to interface laboratory equipment with data analysis tools and to effectively utilise computational and numerical tools.  

Term 3:

Most of the third term and the Summer is devoted to dedicated individual project work (36 ECTS) in research groups or research laboratories.

7a. MSc in Physics with Shock Physics

All courses marked with an A in the courses listed in the MSc in Physics are compulsory courses. Students will be supervised in their masters project by staff from the Institute of Shock Physics.

7b. MSc in Physics with NanophotonicsAll courses marked with an B in the courses listed in the MSc in Physics are compulsory courses, plus the Imaging and Advanced Topics in Nanophotonics courses under the MSc in Optics and Photonics. Students will undertake a research project in the field of nanophotonics.

 7c. MSc in Physics with Extended Research

For the MSc in Physics with Extended Research, term 1 and 2 are identical to the MSc in Physics. In term 3 after the examinations students prepare a literature review and project plan (6 ECTS).

In the second academic year the students undertake their individual project work (60 ECTS).

 8. MSc in Quantum Engineering

 Term 1:

Compulsory Courses

  • Introductory Quantum Mechanics (6 ECTS);
  • Quantum Engineering Laboratory (3 ECTS);
  • Systems Engineering (6 ECTS):
  • Quantum Information and Post Quantum Cryptography (5 ECTS);
  • Atoms and Photons (5 ECTS);
  • Instrumentation (4 ECTS).

 There is a compulsory workshop on research ethics.

 Term 2:

Students select 18 ECTS from the following options:

  • Platforms for Quantum Technology (6 ECTS);
  • Information Theory (6 ECTS);
  • Metrology and Navigation for QE (6 ECTS);
  • Frontiers in Photonics Technology (6 ECTS).

 Students submit a project literature review and project plan.

 Term 3:

Compulsory workshops:

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship for QE (4 ECTS); 
  • Students complete their projects (38 ECTS).