The Graduate Diploma is designed for graduates whose first degree may be inappropriate for direct entry to an MSc in Physics at a UK university. Though it may be taken as a free-standing qualification, most students take this programme as a pathway to the MSc. This pathway forms the first year of a two-year programme with successful students (gaining a merit or distinction) progressing onto the MSc Physics in second year.
- Provides students with a broad and critical understanding of core theories and research from a variety of different perspectives, within the field of Physics.
- Allows students to develop key skills in the critical reading, interpretation and analysis of the scientific literature.
- A transistional programme providing students with a clear route into the MSc programme in physics for those not qualified for direct entry.
Many students go on to do a higher Physics degree, work in scientific research, teaching or work in the financial sector.
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King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
One year FT, September to June.
Year of entry 2013
School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
31 August or until places are filled.
FT Home: £3600 (2013)
FT Overseas: £12000 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 2574 / 7210
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
For students with an undergraduate degree or equivalent who wish to have the experience of one year in a leading UK Physics Department, or who may not be immediately eligible for entry to a higher degree in the UK and who wish to upgrade their degree. If you successfully complete this programme with a Merit or Distinction we may consider you for the MSc programme.
Students will undertake a total of eight modules, two compulsory and six optional.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Project in Physics
- Literature Review.
- Mathematical Methods in Physics III
- Statistical Mechanics
- Spectroscopy and Quantum Mechanics
- Theoretical Particle Physics
- Solid State Physics
- General Relatvity and Cosmology
- Advanced Biophysical Techniques
- Physics of Life at a Small Scale.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
The two compulsory modules are assessed via coursework. The majority of the other optional modules avaiable are assessed by written examinations.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
An undergraduate degree in mathematics, physics or a closely related subject, or equivalent qualification.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Your application will be considered by an admissions tutor. We aim to reply to reply within six to eight weeks of submission.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Any relevant supporting information.
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I chose King's because after my master's I got involved in plasmonics and the use of them in information technologies - I found out that here at King's there is a strong group working on it and I decided to join them.
The best thing of studying in King's is that it is situated in the center of London and you have plenty of activities to do, usually you have to measure yourself because if you do all the things there are in theory you won't have time for studying or for sleeping! Also joining a student hall is better than looking for private accommodation, because you have the opportunity to meet other people and participate in even more activities which can also include travels to places outside London.
For my research I was funded by a King's Studentship (King's Overseas Research Studentship) which has helping me a lot during my stay here in London providing me with a stipend for my expenses. After my PhD I would like to join industry as a researcher or start a company in my home country for developing what I have learned here at King's. If you are thinking of coming to here, either as a undergraduate, master's or PhD student, I'm sure you will meet a lot of people and you will do plenty of activities to get the most out of your study program.