Physics with Extended Research
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Physics with Extended Research

Deepen your knowledge of physics to prepare for a research career within a university or national laboratory.

Deepen your knowledge of physics to prepare for a research career within a university or national laboratory

Receive expert training in research skills and methodology

Devote your second year to an extended, independent research project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    2 years

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £10,500 Home

    • £26,100 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

  • First class Honours in physics, electrical or electronic engineering or a relevant scientific discipline

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Course overview

Further your understanding of physics and build the knowledge to pursue a research career on this two-year advanced MSc course.

Open to physicists and students from mathematics, chemistry or engineering disciplines, this course is taught through a combination of lecture modules and practical laboratory skills training.

This varied programme is designed to extend your knowledge of advanced mathematical methods. You'll also obtain the research and methodology skills required for future work in a university, industrial or national research laboratory setting.

This course is an extension of the MSc in Physics course at Imperial, and concludes with a nine-month project in the second academic year.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.. Please note, starred modules may be substituted with an alternative optional module if the content has already been covered at undergraduate level.

Core modules

You’ll choose optional modules to the value of at least 30 ECTS credits. Selected examples are outlined here.

Optional modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Recorded lectures available online
    Lecture recordings
  • Practical work
  • Problem classes
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • Individual research project
    Self-study project

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Practicals
  • Project

  • 37% Taught modules
  • 13% Practicals
  • 50% Project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • Dissertation
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster project
  • Practical
  • Oral assessment
  • Papers from a written report
    Written report

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Develop the skills required to pursue a research career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.

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Physics graduates at Imperial are highly sought after in a variety of employment sectors.

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These include technology, R&D, academia and education, and healthcare.

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Other potential career paths include technical consultancy and science communications.

Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications