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Modelling Quantum Many-Body Systems

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Subject area:

Stackable Microcredentials

Course type:

Assessed Module

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11 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 23 September 2024 To: 06 December 2024
Application deadline: 12 August 2024

Course overview

This module provides an introduction to the theory and applications of quantum many-body systems. It will focus primarily on systems at or close to equilibrium, with a view towards non-equilibrium quantum systems. 

What does this course cover?

Topics include:

  • Harmonic oscillators
  • Second quantization for bosons and fermions
  • Model Hamiltonians
  • Collective excitations
  • Correlation functions
  • Path integrals
  • Links to statistical mechanics.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the module, you will:

  • Have a deep and systematic understanding of the basic theoretical approaches to modelling quantum many-body systems
  • Be equipped to engage with research-based knowledge in this field
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of the basic techniques and methodology for treating quantum many-body systems, including harmonic oscillators, second quantization for bosons and fermions, model Hamiltonians, collective excitations, correlation functions, path integrals and links to statistical mechanics
  • Be able, with critical awareness, to undertake analysis of complex areas of knowledge related to quantum many-body systems and communicate the outcome of such analysis effectively
  • Be able to synthesize information in a manner that may be innovative, utilizing knowledge and techniques from the forefront of research
  • Be able to use full range of learning resources and undertake innovative research tasks competently with some guidance
  • Become an independent and self-critical learner, able to communicate topics of quantum many-body systems clearly and effectively to specialists/non-specialists and manage your own continuing professional development
  • Be able to critically use the learned techniques to analyse and comprehend quantum many-body systems
  • Be able to 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
  • 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 an examination. 

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.

Course status:


Full fee £1039

International students £2937



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