Physics with Quantum Dynamics

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

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2021
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 92-94 credits

Applications are now closed

Overview

This course is open to both physicists and BSc graduates from mathematics, chemistry or engineering disciplines who are looking to deepen their knowledge of physics and pursue a research career within a university, industrial or national research laboratory.

This course is a stream of our MSc in Physics and covers three core sections:

  • quantum optics
  • quantum information
  • quantum systems

You will complete a three-month, full-time project on quantum dynamics, usually with one of our academic research groups.

Upon graduating, you will have:

  • acquired an understanding of selected areas of physics at the frontiers of knowledge, beyond the undergraduate level
  • extended your knowledge of advanced mathematical methods
  • received training in research skills and methodology
  • experienced undertaking a major, individual, physics-related project and reporting the results in a full scientific report and oral and poster presentation
  • developed your communication skills, both written and oral, to specialised and non-specialised audiences
  • undertaken an intellectually challenging and stimulating degree programme in quantum dynamics
  • been equipped for doctoral research in atomic physics, quantum photonics, quantum information, or in general quantum physics

 

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below:

Advanced Classical Physics*

 This modules covers advanced areas of classical physics.

Advanced Quantum Information*

This module contains advanced notions of quantum algorithms, entanglement theory and quantum error correction.

Mathematical Methods for Physicists*

This module covers key mathematical methods used by physicists.

Quantum Optics*

This module covers the quantum nature of light and its interaction with atoms.

Quantum Systems I

This module covers atomic physics, including basic structure and atom-light interactions, angular momentum in atoms and molecules, laser cooling atoms, the physics of ion trapping, cold molecules and cold ions.

Quantum Systems II

Quantum Systems II covers quantum photonics, optical quantum computing, and matter qubits. It also includes two laboratory experiments, one on atom trapping and the second on photon correlations.

* these modules may be substituted if the content has already been covered at undergraduate level

Optional modules

You choose optional modules to the value of at least 6 ECTS credits. The modules below are valued at 3, 6 or 8 ECTS credits each. Only 6 ECTS may be taken at Level 6 (unless Advanced Classical Physics is replaced by another module).

3 ECTS modules:

  • Advanced Hydrodynamics
  • Imaging and Biophotonics (Level 6)
  • Information Theory
  • Lasers (Level 6)
  • Medical Imaging: Nuclear Diagnostics & MRI (Level 6)
  • Medical Imaging: X-Rays and Ultrasound (Level 6)
  • Nanotechnology in Consumer Electronics
  • Optical Communications

6 ECTS modules:

  • Advanced Particle Physics
  • Astrophysics (Level 6)
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Complexity & Networks (Level 6)
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Computational Physics (Level 6)
  • Cosmology
  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Level 6)
  • General Relativity
  • Group Theory (Level 6)
  • Laser Technology
  • Light & Matter (Level 6)
  • Plasma Physics (Level 6)
  • Plasmonics & Metamaterials
  • Principles of Instrumentation (Level 6)
  • Quantum Theory of Matter
  • Space Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics (Level 6)

8 ECTS modules:

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Unification

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Blackboard
  • E-learning
  • Lectures
  • Panopto
  • Practical work
  • Problem classes
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study project

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Examination
  • Oral presentation
  • Poster
  • Practical
  • Viva
  • Written report

Course timetable

You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a first-class degree in physics, with strong mathematical content.

Other scientific disciplines with significant physics and mathematical content are also accepted.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Competence standards

Our competence standards highlight the core skills students should be able to demonstrate by the end of this course.

View the Department of Physics's competence standards [pdf]

We believe in providing the widest practicable access to all of our degree programmes and will make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support your study. For more information, please contact the Department using the contact details below.

Department of Physics

T: +44 (0)20 7594 7512
E: l.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all visa-nationals, with the exception of EEA/Swiss nationals and nationals of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea and the USA.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme’s Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’, as well as your university supervisor name. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptorSupervisor name
CAH07-01-01 Physics Professor Michele Dougherty

Your student visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support website.

Further questions?

Find answers to your questions about admissions. Answers cover COVID-19, English language requirements, Visas and more.

Visit the FAQs

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

Find out more about fees and funding opportunities.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£13,600 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Home fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£31,700 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

Fee status

Whether you pay the Overseas fee depends on your fee status.

Your fee status is assessed based on UK Government legislation and includes things like where you live and your nationality or residency status.

Find out more about how we assess your fee status.

EU/EEA/Swiss students

The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.

EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens' Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens' Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).

UKCISA has also provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021. 

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2021-22 entry, the maximum amount is £11,570. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies.

See what opportunities you may be eligible for.

If you are an Iranian national and are accepted to study at Imperial starting this October, you may be eligible to apply for the Irani family scholarship.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Physics

Got a question?

Loli Sanchez
T: +44 (0)20 7594 7512
E: l.sanchez@imperial.ac.uk

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