OPTIONS 2017-18


Since 2011 students have been able to update their options online. Please keep this data accurate as the Admin team do use the statistics generated from the system throughout the year.

The option forms are here. In 2017 these options forms go live on Monday 15th May at 5pm.  The options form runs on a "first come first served" basis. Some courses to fill up quick, but we do operate waiting lists.

If you have any questions about option submission between May and August 2017, please email Derryck Stewart. After this period, please email Victor Urubusi.

This document shows Options Clashes 2017-18 and this one BPES and Physics options clashes for 2017-1‌8‌.

UG Options tabs

Year 1

There are no options for the majority of students.

  • Students on F300 and F303 must take Advanced Electronics.
  • Students on F325 and F390 must take Maths Analysis.
  • Fluent F309 students do have a choice - either Maths Analysis or Advanced Electronics.  
  • Students F3W3 (Music) must take music courses at the Royal College of Music.
  • All students must take Basic Electronics

Year 2

These options are to be initially submitted to the department in term 3 of year 1.

Important things to remember

  • You must have 65% in Year 1 Maths to take Maths Methods.
  • Year 1 Option talk‌ 2017
  • The deadline is 26th May 2017.
  • F3W3 students  - no form. Please see Senior Tutor or DUGS.
  • Imperial Horizons
  • A maximum of 12 ECTS of non-physics options to count towards your degree.

Year 3

These options are to be initially submitted to the department in term 3 of year 2.

  • Options Talk - May 2017‌
  • F3W3 students  - complete form, but check options with Senior Tutor.
  • F309 students - there is no form to complete as you will be abroad in your third year.
  • The deadline is 19th May 2017.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to gradaute or progress. The maximum ECTS allowed for Year 3 is 63 ECTS.
  • The are been some feedback from non-theory students who have found ACP to be very beneficial as they encounter important aspects of physics not found in the non-theory route.
  • The following courses are capped due to safety regulations for the lecture theatres: Advanced Hydrodynamics, Computational Physics, General Relativity, Complexity & Networks, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Information, Quantum Optics, Unification and Plasma Physics.
  • Do not select BPES courses that clash with the term you are taking Lab. Lab is always timetabled at the following slots: Monday 10-12, Monday 2-5, Thursday 2-4, Friday 9-12.
  • Some BPES courses clash with Physics lecture courses. You are strongly advised not to take a BPES course that clashes with a Physics option you have selected.
  • When changing options (from November in term 1) you must inform your Academic Tutors. Your Year 3 tutorial groups are based on your option choices. Changing an option could lead to a clash with your tutorials.
  • Both Computational Physics and Complexity & Networks have deadlines for you to commit to the course. After these dates you will not be able to drop the course in order to swap to another and your mark will count towards your degree.
  • Quantum Field Theory and Unification are worth 8 ECTS. The other 'long' options are worth 6 ECTS.
  • The following 'short' optional courses are worth 3 ECTS: Lasers, Imagaing Biophotonics, X-Ray Imaging and Ultrasound, Nuclear Diagnostics & MRI are all Level 3 (FHEQ 6) options. Advanced Hydrodynamics, Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics, Optical Commincations, and Information Theory are Level 4 (FHEQ 7) options.
  • A Level 6 Language course maps to a Level 3 Physics course. Both are worth 6 ECTS. There are no Master's level Horizons courses (Level 4/FHEQ Level 7).
  • If you want to take a Level 3 (FHEQ 6) option in Year 4, you MUST take a Level 4 (FHEQ 7) Physics option in Year 3.
  • It is possible to take an option from a different department (e.g. Computing or Maths) in Year 3. Only one can be taken per student during their degree. BPES and Horizons are not included in this rule. The host department must be willing to accept you and the Physics DUGS must authorise it. Please email Derryck Stewart in the first instance if you wish to take an option in a different department.
  • You will see other rules on the options form.

Year 4

These options are to be initially submitted to the department in term 3 of year 3.

  • Options Talk - May 2017‌
  • F3W3 students  - complete form, but check options with Senior Tutor.
  • The deadline is 19th May 2017.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to gradaute. The maximum ECTS allowed for Year 4 is 65 ECTS.
  • 9 ECTS Projects or Essay Projects are not available as options in Year 4.
  • The following courses are capped due to safety regulations for the lecture theatres: Advanced Hydrodynamics, Computational Physics, General Relativity, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Information, Quantum Optics, Unification and Plasma Physics.
  • You may take a language option only if: French, German, Spanish, Italian at Level 4 or above. Mandarin, Japanese or Arabic at Level 3 or above.
  • Both Computational Physics and Complexity & Networks have deadlines for you to commit to the course. After these dates you will not be able to drop the course in order to swap to another and your mark will count towards your degree.
  • Quantum Field Theory and Unification are worth 8 ECTS. The other 'long' options are worth 6 ECTS.
  • The following 'short' optional courses are worth 3 ECTS: Lasers, Imagaing Biophotonics, X-Ray Imaging and Ultrasound, Nuclear Diagnostics & MRI are all Level 3 (FHEQ 6) options. Advanced Hydrodynamics, Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics, Optical Commincations, and Information Theory are Level 4 (FHEQ 7) options.
  • Level 2 options (FHEQ 5) are no longer allowed in Year 4 for F303 and F390 students.
  • The Horizons Advanced Humanities Project is at Level 4 (FHEQ 7). It is available only to Year 4 students. You must have approval from both departments to select this as an option.
  • It is possible to take an option from a different department (e.g. Computing or Maths) in Year 4. Only one can be taken per student during their degree. BPES and Horizons are not included in this rule. The host department must be willing to accept you and the Physics DUGS must authorise it. You must email Derryck Stewart in the first instance if you wish to take an option in a different department.
  • it is not possible to take a postgraduate course (e.g. Differential Geometry) as an option in Year 4.
  • You will see other rules on the options form.

Year 4 - Year in Europe

  • The deadline for completing your option form is 19th May 2017.
  • Useful notes‌ on how to select options for YiE students currently abroad.
  • F309 students are only allowed to take a language course two levels above the one taken in Year 2.
  • "Imperial Core" courses are optional.
  • 9 ECTS Projects or Essay Projects are not available as options in Year 4.
  • You will see other rules on the options form.

Things to remember

  • Business School (BPES) and Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (Horizons/Humanities) websites [links correct at 06.05.17]
  • BPES registration instructions‌ - May 2017‌. BPES courses are not available for non-credit.
  • BPES online only options will not clash with any Physics options.
  • Register for a Horizons course.
  • Imperial Horizons Options Open Day will take place 11am – 3pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017 in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, Level 3 Sherfield Building.
  • Horizons Info Physics For Year 2 into Year 3 Students‌ - May 2017
  • There are no Master's level Horizons courses (Level 4/FHEQ Level 7).
  • If you wish to drop a BPES or Horizons course you must do so before the third Friday in term 1. We will be strictly enforcing this rule. Contact them direct and update your Physics option form.
  • Students are required to formally register with the Business School and the Imperial Horizons team. Selecting one of their options on the Physics online option form does not do this for you. They are all separate systems.
  • MSc Options Talk May 2017
  • Discuss changing options with your Personal Tutor.
  • Prerequisites Diagram 2017-18‌
  • Consider the prerequisites for each course. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they cover any material for a course in year 4 if the formal prerequisites are not taken in year 3. Having said this, the prerequisites are a guide, not a hard rule.
  • Final year students may only do a language option if it is a higher level course in the same language as done in a previous year.
  • Check the number of options you select.
  • Students are advised not to overload themselves in either term.
  • Students who wish to take the Communicating Physics course are required to submit an application form (the deadline for submitting the form varies year to year but is usually the end of May). Application forms are available at the options fair and online. Please e-mail Kayleigh Murphy for details on applying including application deadlines. Once applications have been considered, selected students are then invited to a brief interview usually held in June. In exceptional circumstances, late applications will be considered from any student who has certified mitigation which has prevented him/her from applying for the course by the published deadline. Please note that all students who are accepted onto the Communicating Physics course are required to complete a CRB check.  Late applications can only be considered if there is enough time for a CRB check to be processed prior to the commencement of the course.
  • Changing your options
  • Email questions to Derryck Stewart

Options Fair 2016/17

Options 2017/18

These documents were provided at the Option Fair on 11th May 2017. They relate to courses for the 2017-18 Academic Year.

All courses are 6 ECTS unless stated.

Imperial Core
Light & Matter
Physics of the Universe (4.5 ECTS)
Fluid Dynamics (1.5 ECTS)

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Advanced Classical Physics
Advanced Particle Physics
Advanced Hydrodynamics (3 ECTS)
Astrophysics
Atmospheric Physics
Communicating Physics - Information, Application Form and Important Dates. Communicating Physics website.
Complexity and Networks
Computational Physics
Computational Neuroscience - this course is delivered by the Bioengineering Department. Please read these points‌ before selecting the course.
Cosmology 
Environmental Physics
Entrepreneurship for Physicists
Essay Projects (9 ECTS)
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
General Relativity
Group Theory
Imaging and Biophotonics (3 ECTS)
Information Theory (3 ECTS)‌
Laser Technology - Course Outline and Non-Linear Optics
Lasers (3 ECTS)
Mathematical Methods II
Medical Imaging: Nuclear Diagnostics & MRI (3 ECTS)
Medical Imaging: X-Rays & Ultrasound (3 ECTS)
Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics (3 ECTS)
Optical Communications (3 ECTS)
Plasma Physics
Plasmonics and Metamaterials
Principles of Instrumentation (Syllabus)
Quantum Field Theory (8 ECTS)
Quantum Information
Quantum Optics
Quantum Theory of Matter
Space Physics
Statistical Mechanics 
Suns, Stars & Planets
Unification (8 ECTS)


Prerequisites Diagram 2017-18‌


Horizons (CLCC) and BPES at the Business School

More course description forms to be uploaded shortly.