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Advanced Condensed Matter

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Subject area:

Stackable Microcredentials

Course type:

Assessed Module

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11 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 13 January 2025 To: 28 March 2025
Application deadline: 02 December 2024

Course overview

This module provides an introduction to modern topics of condensed matter physics. It will introduce the formalism required to understand complex quantum phenomena in condensed matter, such as the Kondo effect or the Wigner crystal. It will also discuss how quantum effects in materials can be probed by experiments, and how the experimental measurements can be analysed with the help of theoretical tools and simple model Hamiltonians. 

What does this course cover?

This module focuses primarily on theories and their applications to important contemporary topics of condensed matter. Topics of study include:

  • Second quantisation
  • Tight binding theory
  • Single electron Green's function
  • Linear response
  • Quantum magnetism
  • Strong electronic correlations
  • Mean field theory
  • Density functional theory.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a deep and systematic understanding of the basic approaches to understand electronic properties of materials
  • Engage with research-based knowledge at the forefront of this field
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the basic techniques and methodology relevant for quantum condensed matter physics (tight binding and Hamiltonian representation, Green's function, mean-field theory, density functional theory) applicable to your own work
  • With critical awareness, undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge related to electronic properties of materials and communicate the outcome of such analysis effectively
  • Synthesize information in a manner that may be innovative, utilizing knowledge and techniques from the forefront of research
  • Use a range of learning resources and apply the acquired skills to undertake innovative research tasks with some guidance
  • Demonstrate that you are an independent and self-critical learner, able to communicate topics of condensed matter physics clearly and effectively to specialists/non-specialists and manage your own continuing professional development
  • Critically use the learned techniques to analyse and comprehend condensed matter systems
  • Operate in complex and specialized contexts that may be at the forefront of knowledge.

Who is this for?

​​T​he standard entry requirements comprise:

  • A 2:2 honours degree or international equivalent in Physics: Quantum mechanics plus solid-state physics or condensed matter
  • A CV and personal statement outlining your reasons for study
  • English language band D (for example, IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill).

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via coursework and examination, as follows:

  • Coursework 1 = 10%
  • Coursework 2 = 15%
  • Coursework 3 = 15%
  • Examination = 60%.

What is the teaching schedule?

This is an on-campus module. Lectures will be held on a single day of the week, each week, during term time. You will be expected to be on-campus for these. Exact dates and times will be confirmed upon enrolment.

Further information

This module is offered as part of our flexible master’s awards in Professional Development. The awards are one of the most flexible currently offered in the UK, providing the opportunity to study a range of modules from across King’s, both on-campus and online. Whether you are looking for a promotion or to retrain, you have come to the right place.

Designed for mature professionals juggling life and work commitments, our postgraduate awards will enable you to study at your own pace. In challenging financial times, you are also able to fund your studies module-by-module. We will support you to select the right module diet that meets your objectives while ensuring that you are well prepared for success. We will also help you to build your professional network of peers from across our suite of CPD modules.

We can’t wait for you to continue your lifelong learning journey here at King’s.

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Full fee £1039

International students £2937

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