Physics

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2018
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Applications for 2018

Opening for 2018 applications shortly.

Overview

Photonics is an exciting area of physics, which enables developments in fields as diverse as biomedical imaging and high power fibre lasers.

The Department of Physics has a long and successful research record in imaging and photonics.

This 12-month MRes, built on our renowned MSc in Optics and Photonics, usually forms the first year of the four-year MRes+PhD research training programme in the Photonics group.

Some funded studentships for the combined MRes and PhD programme are available to Home/EU students.

The MRes course runs from October to September each year.

It is aimed at students who wish to develop their research interests and skills in photonics. It will:

  • give you the experience of undertaking a major, individual project and recording the results in a full scientific report and presentation
  • train you in appropriate research methods
  • develop your written and oral communication skills for both specialised and non-specialised audiences
  • equip you for further academic study at doctoral level in photonics, and in subjects where photonics is an important enabling science

The taught element in the first term will improve your knowledge of photonics through lectures and a substantial taught laboratory element, which reinforces the practical skills demanded by further research. These elements of the course are shared with the MSc in Optics and Photonics offered by the Department.

From the second term onwards a significant research project is undertaken as a more thorough preparation for students starting their PhD studies. In addition, there is an opportunity to take optional modules in the second term from the MSc in Optics and Photonics, where it is considered relevant to your research project.

Written examinations are held in January and April/May. The laboratory work is continually assessed during the course. The final project is assessed by oral presentations and a dissertation submitted in September.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Imaging
  • Laboratory
  • Lasers
  • Optical Measurement and Devices
  • Research Project
  • Self-Study Project

Optional modules

You choose one of the option groups below.

Option 1

  • Information Theory
  • Optical Communications

Option 2

  • Plasmonics and Metamaterials

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Blackboard
  • E-learning
  • Lectures
  • Panopto
  • Practical classes
  • Practical work
  • Problem classes
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study project

Assessment

  • Examination
  • Oral presentation
  • Problem exercises
  • Written report

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
£10,500

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
£25,700

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

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.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in physics, electrical or electronic Engineering or a relevant scientific discipline.

International qualifications

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 then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

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.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.

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.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

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.

Further information

Physics students

Contact us

T: +44 (0)20 7594 7512
E: l.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

Imperial students

Scholarships

Use our search tool to find scholarships from Imperial, plus non-Imperial scholarships.