Gain experience in a wide range of topics taught across the University of London at a high level of specialisation. Topics include nanotechnology, biophysics, photonics, cosmology and particle physics. Consists of taught components plus a very in-depth research project linked to areas of cutting edge research in the given field.
- The programme provides a wide range of background knowledge and generic and transferable research skills.
- Students will gain real experience of research in current areas of interest in Physics and related disciplines.
- A major project provides the opportunity to specialise in experimental or computational biophysics and nantotechnology research, or theoretical particle physics and cosmology.
- Success in the programme prepares students for subsequent PhD studies or for appointments in academic, industrial and public-sector research.
Many students go on to do a higher Physics degree, work in scientific research, teaching or work in the financial sector.
Professor Lev Kantorovich; Professor Anatoly Zayats
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Strand Campus. Some modules may take place at other University of London Colleges and at Guy's Campus.
Year of entry 2013
School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Physics
31 August or until places are filled.
No set number.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £10000 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £20000 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
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The MSc programme provides experience of research in rapidly developing areas of Physics and related disciplines. Provides experience of the planning, administration, execution and dissemination of research, and equips students with the background knowledge and transferable and generic skills required to become an effective researcher.
The programme consists of taught components combining specialised taught material in current areas of Physics and related disciplines, general research techniques, transferable skills and specialised research techniques together with a major research project. The project starts in January carrying through to the end of the programme. Experts in the chosen field will act as project supervisors.
The programme is run by the Department of Physics with some modules provided by the Department of Mathematics, the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and other University of London Colleges.
Topics include: nanotechnology, biophysics, photonics, cosmology and particle physics.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- General Research Techniques & Transferable Skills
- Advanced Topics in Nanoscale Physics
- Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics
- Bio- and Nanomaterials in the Virtual Lab
- Theoretical Treatments of Nano-systems
- Standard Model Physics and Beyond
- Mathematical Methods in Physics
- Lie Groups & Lie Algebras
- Electromagnetic Theory
- Advanced Quantum Theory
- String Theory & Branes
- Supersymmetry & Gauge Theory
- Relativistic Waves & Quantum Fields
- Advanced Quantum Field Theory
- Particle Physics
- Particle Accelerator Physics
- Relativity & Gravitation
- Stellar Structure & Evolution
- Advanced Cosmology
- Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
- Solar System
- The Galaxy
- Astrophysical Plasmas
- Extrasolar Planets
- Galaxy & Cluster Dynamics
- Planetary Atmospheres
- Solar Physics
- Space Plasma & Magnetospheric
- Atom & Photon Physics
- Quantum Computation & Communication
- Molecular Physics
- Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter
- Physics at the Nanoscale
- Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors
- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
- Molecular Biophysics
- Statistical Mechanics
- Theory of Complex Networks
- Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems
- Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems
- Mathematical Biology
- Elements of Statistical Learning.
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
From October to March you will study specialised taught material, attend lectures and seminars, carry out related assessed tasks, prepare an assessed research proposal, select your project topic and plan how your project will be performed. Lecture courses attended between October and March will be assessed by examination in May. Other assessments include a project plan and a patent draft. You will carry out your project full-time from April with a mid-project review and submission and oral presentation in September. Your project will contribute 50 per cent of the marks for your degree and you must also achieve at least 50 per cent in each module. The taught material is assessed by essays and exercises.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
2:1 in a BSc physics degree. Alternatively, a 2:1 in a degree subject related to physics will be considered on a case by case basis.
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 assessed by an admissions tutor. We will interview applicants at a mutually convenient time where reasonable.
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.