• Postgraduate taught
  • MSc


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

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

Receive expert training in research skills and methodology

Develop your scientific expertise on a full-time project

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £15,350 Home

    • £35,600 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

Minimum entry standard

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

View full entry requirements

Course overview

Deepen your understanding of physics on this one-year Master's course.

Its varied programme will equip you with the skills to pursue a research career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.

You'll build on your understanding of selected areas of physics from the undergraduate level and explore advanced mathematical methods.

This course also provides essential training in research skills and methodology to aid a three-month supervised project.

This project can be carried out within the department, or at an external research laboratory or company.


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 also 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


  • Research skills/project
  • Self-study project
  • Coursework and examinations

  • 42% Research skills/project
  • 6% Self-study project
  • 52% Coursework and examinations

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.

Application deadlines – Round 5 closes on Friday 5 July 2024

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry


How will studying at Imperial help my career?

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Gain transferable skills relevant to a physics career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Academia, technical consultancy, research and development and finance are just some of your options.

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Other potential career paths could include business and management.

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