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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.
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
Professor Tony Paxton
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Officetel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200
Course contact email Enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Department Department of Physics
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.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £40 applies. Your application will be assessed by an admissions tutor. We will interview applicants at a mutually convenient time where reasonable.
Any relevant supporting information.
The deadline for applications is 02 September for 2016 entry. Note that funding deadlines may be earlier. Applications will be considered subject to availability of places, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. International applications must be received by 29 July to allow sufficient time for visa processing.
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.
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.
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.
Project in Physics.
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
Advanced Quantum Theory
String Theory & Branes
Supersymmetry & Gauge Theory
Relativistic Waves & Quantum Fields
Advanced Quantum Field Theory
Particle Accelerator Physics
Relativity & Gravitation
Stellar Structure & Evolution
Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics
Galaxy & Cluster Dynamics
Space Plasma & Magnetospheric
Atom & Photon Physics
Quantum Computation & Communication
Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter
Physics at the Nanoscale
Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Theory of Complex Networks
Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems
Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems
Elements of Statistical Learning.
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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£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)*
£4,500 p.a. (2016/17)*
£10,875 p.a. (2016/17)*
*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The deposit is £1,000 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2016/17)
If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2016, payment is due by 30th April 2016.
If you receive an offer between 1st April 2016 and 30th June 2016, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer between 1st July 2016 and 31st July 2016, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.
If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2016, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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