Electives 2022-23

Electives (sometimes called Options) are the modules students choose to take in your 2nd, 3rd or 4th year.

Year 1 students will use Blackboard to select their second year electives.

Year 2 and Year 3 MSci students will select their third and fourth year electives via our new electives app.

These documents will help students understand how their third and fourth years fit together:

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

Please contact Derryck and Victor at ph.options@imperial.ac.uk should you have any questions about the Elective selection process.

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.  

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

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 2022
  • The deadline is 10th June 2022.
  • FHEQ 5 Physics elective modules are worth 5 ECTS. These are Communicating Physics, Environmental Physics, Maths Methods and Sun, Stars and Planets.
  • Imperial Horizons
  • Students must take an iExplore module in Year 2. Students will be able to select their i-Explore module from the 11th May. This is a separate process from selecting physics elective modules. If you have any questions about the iExplore programme, they can be contacted by email - iexplore@imperial.ac.uk
  • The only non-Physics modules allowed in Year 2 are via the i-Explore route. Students have a maximum of 15 ECTS of non-physics options that can count towards their 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.

  • Electives talk to students - May 2022
  • Modules in Year 3 2022
  • F309 students - You will be abroad in your third year, so no action required this academic year.
  • The deadline infoming us of your elective preferences is 10th June 2022.
  • You must have a minimum of 60 ECTS to graduate or progress. The maximum ECTS allowed for Year 3 is 62.5 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 will not normally 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 modules have a cap on numbers: Computational Physics, Complexity & Networks, Entrepreneurship for Physicists‌, Principles of Instrumentation, and Year 3 Lab, Projects and Essays.
  • BPES modules might 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.
  • Computational Physics, Complexity & Networks and Entrepreneurship for Physicists‌ 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. These dates are normally the deadlines of the first pieces of assessment to be submitted.
  • 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 with the same ECTS value.
  • It is possible to take an option from a different department (e.g. Computing or Maths) in Year 3. The host department must be willing to accept you and the Head of Years 3 & 4 must authorise it. Please 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 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.‌

  • Electives talk to students - May 2022
  • The deadline is 10th June 2022.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to graduate. The maximum ECTS allowed for Year 4 is 62.5 ECTS.
  • 7.5 ECTS Projects or Essay Projects are not available as options in Year 4.
  • The following modules have a cap on numbers: Computational Physics, Complexity & Networks, Entrepreneurship for Physicists‌, Principles of Instrumentation.
  • 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.
  • Computational Physics, Complexity & Networks and Entrepreneurship for Physicists‌ 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. These dates are normally the deadlines of the first pieces of assessment to be submitted.
  • 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 3. The host department must be willing to accept you and the Head of Years 3 & 4 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 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 10th June 2022.
  • 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.
  • 7.5 ECTS Projects or Essay Projects are not available as electives in Year 4

Things to remember

BPES and Horizons

  • Business School (BPES) and Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (Horizons/Humanities) websites.
  • BPES and Horizons options are a variety of ECTS values. Please select those that fit with your other choices.
  • BPES courses are not available for non-credit.
  • 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 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 Degree Planning

We are expecting there to be a talk to students to promote our MSc degrees in May 2022.

Other information

  • Students can discuss changing options with their Personal Tutor.
  • 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.
  • Email questions to ph.options@imperial.ac.uk

Options Fair 2022/23

FHEQ 6 and 7 Electives 2022/23

These documents were provided at the Option Fair on 19th May 2022. They relate to courses for the 2022-23 Academic Year.

Current academic year modules are stored elsewhere on the website.

FHEQ 6 Core Modules (new curriculum)

PHYS60001: Nuclear and Particle Physics - 5 ECTS
PHYS60003: Solid State Physics - 5 ECTS

PHYS60002: Comprehensive - 15 ECTS

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FHEQ 6 Electives (new curriculum)

PHYS60005: Advanced Classical Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60014: Astrophysics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60010: Complexity & Networks - 7.5 ECTS     
PHYS60012: Computational Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60016: BSc Project and PHYS60017: Essay Project - both 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60011: Foundations of Quantum Mechanics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60015: Group Theory - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60007: Physics of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60006: Lasers - 5 ECTS
PHYS60013: Plasma Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS60008: Principles of Instrumentation - 5 ECTS
PHYS60009: Statistical Mechanics - 7.5 ECTS

FHEQ 7 Core and Compulsory Modules (new curriculum)

PHYS70002: MSci Project
PHYS70001: Research Interfaces

FHEQ 7 Electives (new curriculum)

PHYS70012: Advanced Particle Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70013: Atmospheric Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70003: Concepts in Device Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70014: Cosmology - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70015: Entrepreneurship for Physicists - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70006: General Relativity - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70016: Hydrodynamics - 5 ECTS
PHYS70004: Information Theory - 5 ECTS
PHYS70005: Introduction to Plasmonics and Metamaterials - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70017: Laser Technology - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70007: Optical Communications Physics - 5 ECTS
PHYS70008: Quantum Field Theory - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70009: Quantum Information - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70010: Quantum Optics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70018: Quantum Theory of Matter - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70019: Space Physics - 7.5 ECTS
PHYS70011: Unification - The Standard Model - 7.5 ECTS

Horizons (CLCC) and BPES at the Business School