Information for Current Students

General information

Compulsory courses

Unification and QFT are also offered to undergraduates.  The material for Unification is kept on Blackboard, the Virtual Learning Environment used for undergraduate courses, and this is not accessible without an Imperial College login. 

Optional courses

Available undergraduate courses
No more than two undergraduate courses can be offered towards the MSc. The material for these courses is usually kept on Blackboard, the Virtual Learning Environment used for undergraduate courses, and this is not accessible without an Imperial College login. 

Special topics

Two weeks of short specialist courses on topics of current interest given at the start of June by staff, researchers and visitors to the group. Not examinable but may provide ideas for the MSc dissertation.

2017 timetable: Special topics 2017; Revised ST abstracts 2017

Dissertation

Students are assessed by examinations and a project dissertation. The examinations are on the compulsory courses and on four optional courses, which may include up to two of the undergraduate options. The written examinations on all the courses are held in May and June. The exams on the compulsory course are held first, usually in the first week of the summer term. The other MSc exams are usually held a few weeks later. Over the summer, students write a dissertation, to be submitted by the third Friday in September. This is often just a review of an area not covered in depth, or perhaps not at all, in the course. In some cases, usually depending on the subject, it may involve some original research. The topics are chosen by the students in consultation with their supervisors and other staff. MSc students are also encouraged to attend the regular weekly seminars at which visiting speakers present recent research results, as well as internal seminars by research students. These are supplemented by an inter-Collegiate programme of seminars on string theory and related subjects.

Jerome is discussing string theory(?) equations with research postgraduate