OPTIONS 2019-20


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 - this includes creating the exam timetable.

In 2019 these options forms go live on Monday 13th 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 2019, please email Derryck Stewart. After this period, please email Victor Urubusi.

This document shows options clashes 2019-20 and this one BPES and Physics options clashes for 2019-20.

UG Options tabs

Year 1

There are no options for the majority of students.

  • Students on F300 and F303 are encouraged to take Advanced Electronics.
  • Students on F325 and F390 are encouraged to take 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 2

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

Important things to remember

  • Year 1 Option talk‌ 2019
  • The deadline is 31st May 2019.
  • 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.
  • Only Physics and Horizons modules are accepted for degree credit in Year 2.

Year 3

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

  • Options Talk and Horizons slides - May 2019
  • 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 31st May 2019.
  • You must have a mimimum of 60 ECTS to gradaute 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.
  • 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. Both are worth 6 ECTS. 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.
  • 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 and Horizons slides - May 2019
  • F3W3 students  - complete form, but check options with Senior Tutor.
  • The deadline is 17th May 2019.
  • 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 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 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. 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
  • You will see other rules on the options form.

Year 4 - Year Abroad

  • The deadline for completing your option form is 17th May 2019.
  • 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.
  • "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

BPES and Horizons

  • Business School (BPES) and Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (Horizons/Humanities) websites [links correct at 29.04.19]
  • 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.
  • Imperial Horizons Options Drop-in Session will take place 11am – 3pm on Wednesday 5th June in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication, Level 3 Sherfield Building.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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.

Other information

  • MSc Options Talk May 2019
  • Students can discuss changing options with their Personal Tutor.
  • Prerequisites Diagram 2019-20‌
  • 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 Derryck Stewart

Options Fair 2018/19

Options 2019/20

These documents were provided at the Option Fair on 7th May 2019. They relate to courses for the 2019-20 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 & Networks‌
Computational Physics
Cosmology
Environmental Physics
Entrepreneurship for Physicists
Essay Projects (9 ECTS)
Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
General Relativity
Group Theory
Information Theory (3 ECTS)‌
Imaging & Biophotonics (3 ECTS)
Lasers (3 ECTS)
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 and Metamaterials
Principles of Instrumentation
Quantum Field Theory (8 ECTS)
Quantum Information
Quantum Optics
Quantum Theory of Matter
Space Physics
Statistical Mechanics
Sun, Stars & Planets
Unification (8 ECTS)

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

Prerequisites Diagram 2019-20‌

Horizons (CLCC) and BPES at the Business School