OPTIONS 2020-21

Options (sometimes called electives) are the modules you'll choose to take in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year.

In 2020, you'll be able to select your options via email from Monday 11th May at 9am, for Year 2 and Year 3 students, and from 9am on 28th May for Year 1 students.  We have a "first come first served" basis on options selection. Some courses to fill up quick, but we do operate waiting lists. Don't forget to provide us with a back-up option.

This document shows options clashes 2020-21 and this one BPES timetable for 2020-21‌‌.

It is important to us informed of your choices as the Admin team do use the statistics generated from the system throughout the year - this includes creating the exam timetable.

UG Options tabs

Year 1

A student's degree programme determines whether options are available in Year 1. For more detail, please check degree programmes.

  • Students on F300 and F303 have a choice between Maths Analysis and 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.

Year 1 students select their choices towards the end of Term 1.

Year 2

These options are to be initially submitted to the department in term 3 of year 1. For more detail, please check degree programmes.

Important things to remember

  • Year 1 Option talk‌ 2020
  • The deadline is 5th June 2020.
  • F3W3 students  - Please contact the Senior Tutor or DUGS.
  • FHEQ 5 Physics modules are worth 5 ECTS from 2020-21. These are Communicating Physics, Environmental Physics, Maths Methods and Sun, Stars and Planets.
  • Imperial Horizons
  • Students must take an iExplore module in Year 2. If you have any questions about the iExplore programme, they can be contacted by email - iexplore@imperial.ac.uk
  • 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. For more detail, please check the degree programmes.

  • Options Talk - May 2020
  • F309 students - You will be abroad in your third year, so no action required.
  • The deadline is 29th May 2020.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to graduate or progress. The maximum ECTS allowed for Year 3 is 63 ECTS.
  • There has 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.
  • Students on the F300 degree will not be able to take FHEQ 7 courses if they failed to achieve over 60% at the end of Year 2 (weighted Year 1 and 2 average).
  • 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.
  • FHEQ 5 modules are worth 5 ECTS from 2020-21. These are Communicating Physics, Environmental Physics, Maths Methods and Sun, Stars and Planets.
  • The following 'short' optional courses are worth 3 ECTS: Lasers, Imagaing Biophotonics, X-Ray Imaging and Ultrasound, Nuclear Diagnostics & MRI are all FHEQ 6 options. Advanced Hydrodynamics, Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics, Optical Commincations, and Information Theory are FHEQ 7 options.
  • A FHEQ 6 Language course maps to a FHEQ 6 Physics course. There are no Masters level Horizons courses, except the Advanced Humanities Project. The Advanced Humanities Project is not available to students in their third year
  • If you want to take a FHEQ 6 option in Year 4, you MUST take a 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. We have written some guidance‌ for to assist you in this process‌.
  • It is not possible to take a postgraduate course (e.g. Differential Geometry) as an option in Year 3. This is due to the postgraduate exam board taking place in November.
  • Some notes on the Entrepreneurship For Physicists module.

Year 4

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

  • Options Talk - May 2020
  • The deadline is 29th May 2020.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to graduate. 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 FHEQ 4 or above. Mandarin, Japanese or Arabic at FHEQ 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 FHEQ 6 options. Advanced Hydrodynamics, Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics, Optical Commincations, and Information Theory are FHEQ 7 options.
  • FHEQ 5 options are no longer allowed in Year 4 for F303 and F390 students.
  • The Horizons Advanced Humanities Project is at FHEQ 7. It is available only to Year 4 students. You must have approval from both departments to select this as an option. We have some guidance notes for this project.
  • 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 Head of Years 3 & 4 must authorise it. You must email Derryck Stewart in the first instance if you wish to take an option in a different department. We have written some guidance‌ for to assist you in this process‌.
  • It is not possible to take a postgraduate course (e.g. Differential Geometry) as an option in Year 4. This is due to the postgraduate exam board taking place in November.
  • Some notes on the Entrepreneurship For Physicists module.
  • BPES options are only available in year 4 for F303 and F390 students if a FHEQ 7 option was taken in year 3.

Year 4 - Year Abroad

  • The deadline for selecting your options is 29th May 2020.
  • Useful notes‌‌‌ on how to select options for YA students currently abroad.
  • F309 students are only allowed to take a language course two levels above the one taken in Year 2.
  • F309 students are not allowed to start a new language in Year 4 for degree credit.
  • "Imperial Core" courses are optional.
  • 9 ECTS Projects or Essay Projects are not available as options in Year 4.
  • FHEQ 5 Physics modules are worth 5 ECTS from 2020-21. These are Communicating Physics, Environmental Physics, Maths Methods and Sun, Stars and Planets.

Things to remember

BPES and Horizons

  • Business School (BPES) and Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (Horizons/Humanities) websites.
  • BPES options are worth 6 ECTS and Horizons options are worth 7.5 ECTS.
  • BPES courses are not available for non-credit.
  • BPES online only options will not clash with any Physics options.
  • Term 1 BPES options have exams in week 1 of term 2. Students could end up with a clash of lectures or lab in order to sit an exam.
  • Term 2 BPES options have exams in week 1 of term 3. Students could end up with a clash of lectures or with a Physics exam. Students should not assume we can avoid clashing exams as we do not set the BPES exam timetable.
  • Register for a Horizons course.
  • There are no Masters level Horizons courses, except the Advanced Humanities Project.
  • Horizons exams normally take place in the last week of term 2.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

MSc Options Talks May 2020

Other information

  • Students can discuss changing options with their Personal Tutor.
  • Prerequisites Diagram 2020-21
  • 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.
  • Check the number of options you select. Does it match your degree programme rules?
  • 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 ph.options@imperial.ac.uk

Options Fair 2020/21

Options 2020/21

These documents were provided at the Option Fair on 5th May 2020. They relate to courses for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

Current academic year modules are stored elsewhere on the website.

All courses are 6 ECTS unless stated. 

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

--------------------------------------

Advanced Classical Physics
Advanced Particle Physics
Advanced Hydrodynamics (3 ECTS)
Astrophysics
Atmospheric Physics - Course Flyer
Communicating Physics- Informationapplication form and Important Dates. Communicating Physics website.
Complexity & Networks     
Computational Physics - Course DetailsCourse Flyer
Cosmology
Entrepreneurship for Physicists
Environmental Physics
Essay Projects (9 ECTS)
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
General Relativity - General Relativity Course Handout
Group Theory - Group Theory Course Handout
Information Theory
Imaging & Biophotonics (3 ECTS) Imaging & Biophotonics Course Handout
Lasers (3 ECTS) - Lasers Course Handout
Laser Technology - Course Outline and Non-Linear Optics
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 & Metamaterials - Course Details 
Principles of InstrumentationCourse Flyer
Quantum Field Theory (8 ECTS)
Quantum Information
Quantum Optics
Quantum Theory of Matter - QTM Course Handout
Space Physics 
Statistical Mechanics - Statistical Mechanics Course Handout

Unification (8 ECTS) - Course Flyer

Computational Neuroscience- this course is delivered by the Bioengineering Department and is no longer available as a standard option for Physics students. 

Useful notes‌‌‌

Horizons (CLCC) and BPES at the Business School