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Physics MSc



Our MSc Physics programme will provide you will have exposure to a very wide range of world-leading teaching and research skills in physics. As well as the modules offered by the Department of Physics, many optional modules are available from across the University of London, such as Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London and University College London. You will undertake an extended research project supervised by one of our academic staff.

Key benefits

  • King's College London offers a unique environment for the taught postgraduate study of physics. Our size enables us to provide a welcoming environment in which all our students feel at home. The Physics Department has been built up to its current strength in the last few years, which has allowed us to design a bespoke research department focused in three areas.
  • Particle physics and cosmology is led by Professor John Ellis CBE FRS, who collaborates closely with CERN, and this group provides unique lecture courses, including "Astroparticle Cosmology" as well as "The Standard Model and beyond".
  • The Experimental Biophysics and Nanotechnology research group is a world-leading centre for nanophotonics, metamaterials and biological physics. Here you can study the state of the art in experimental nanoplasmonics, bio-imaging, near-field optics and nanophotonics, with access to the laboratories of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN). You will be offered our flagship module in "Advanced Photonics".
  • Theory and Simulation of Condensed Matter is a group of theoreticians with a critical-mass expertise in many-body physics and highly-correlated quantum systems—magnetism and superconductivity, and world-leading research in condensed matter, particularly in biological and materials physics. The group is a founding member of the prestigious Thomas Young Centre (TYC), the London centre for the theory and simulation of materials.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Professor Tony Paxton

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7429
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact email

Awarding institution King's College London

Department Department of Physics


Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelors degree with 2:1 honours degree (or international equivalent) in Physics.

Alternatively, a 2:1 in a degree subject related to physics will be considered on a case by case basis.

Application procedure

An application fee of £40 applies (non-refundable). Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor. We will interview applicants at a mutually convenient time where reasonable.

Personal statement and supporting information

Any relevant supporting information.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.


Course detail


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.

Course purpose

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.

Course 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 also assessed by essays and exercises.


  • Required Modules

    • Project in Physics.

    Optional Modules

    • 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.


Career prospects

Many students go on to do a PhD in Physics, work in scientific research, teaching or work in the financial sector.



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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£10,875 p.a. (2016/17)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

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