Physics with Quantum Dynamics

Key information

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



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.


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


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


  • 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.


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 here 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.

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.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

ATAS certificate (overseas candidates)

An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.

To apply for an ATAS certificate online, you will need your programme details and the relevant Common Aggregation Hierarchy (CAH) code and ‘descriptor’. For this course, these are:

CAH codeDescriptor
CAH07-01-01 Physics

Your Tier 4 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.

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.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

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.

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.

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 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

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


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