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The Physics MSc will give you experience in conducting complex research tasks in the rapidly developing and exciting fields of particle physics and cosmology, experimental biophysics and nanotechnology, and the theory and simulation of condensed matter. It will also provide you with the background knowledge and skills required to become an active scientist.

Key benefits

  • 6th in the UK for Physics (Times Higher Education 2021)
  • You will be studying innovative modules covering modern theories of physics.
  • Research-led course taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their field.
  • Students whose interests lie in experimental physics have the opportunity to study the state of the art experimental nanoplasmonics, bio- imaging, near-field optics and nanophotonics, with access to the laboratories of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN); and the opportunity to take our flagship module in Photonics and Metamaterials.
  • For students whose interests lie in theoretical physics, the opportunity to take our flagship modules in Standard Model Physics & Beyond and Advanced Condensed Matter.
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Alexander Kalian, Physics student

The Physics MSc is an interdepartmental course that covers significant research elements of rapidly developing and exciting fields of particle physics and cosmology, experimental biophysics and nanotechnology as well as theory and simulation of condensed matter. This course will equip you with expertise in planning, administration, execution and dissemination of research, and will also provide you with the background knowledge and skills required to become an active scientist. The Physics MSc is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You will study modules offering group projects, literature reviews and there are opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Class Tests
  • Assignment Reports
  • Oral Presentations

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Scientific Communications (15 credits)
Advanced Topics in Physics (15 credits)
Research Project in Physics (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take at least 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

Photonics & Metamaterials (15 credits)
Theoretical Treatment of Nano-systems (15 credits)
Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics (15 credits)
Bio & Nanomaterials in the Virtual Lab (15 credits)
Standard Model Physics & Beyond (15 credits)
Advanced Condensed Matter (15 credits)
Current Topics in Biophysics (15 credits)
Dark Matter & Dark Energy (15 credits)
Simulation Methods for Non-equilibrium Systems (15 credits)
Gravitational Wave Physics

Additionally, you are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 180, from a range of optional modules, which may typically include: Modules offered by the King’s College London Department of Mathematics: - Lie Groups & Lie Algebras - Strings, Branes & Quantum Gravity - Elements of Statistical Learning - Mathematical Biology - Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems - Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems - Theory of Complex Networks - Supersymmetry Modules offered by Royal Holloway, University of London: - Statistical Mechanics - Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - Physics at the Nanoscale Modules offered by University College London: - Advanced Quantum Theory - Atom & Photon Physics - Quantum Computation & Communication - Molecular Physics - Particle Physics - Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter - Planetary Atmospheres - Solar Physics - Space Plasma & Magnetospheric Physics - Molecular Biophysics Modules offered by Queen Mary, University of London: - Electromagnetic Theory - Stellar Structure & Evolution - Relativity & Gravitation - Solar System - The Galaxy - Astrophysical Plasmas

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Physics MSc will train you to think analytically and problem solve, preparing you for a career in a  wide range of sectors including finance, biotechnology, scientific research and wherever the ability to think clearly and flexibly is valued.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Computational Financer, Lloyd's
  • Code Developer, HMRC
  • Consultant, Capgemini
  • Data Scientist, Atos
  • Senior Quant Analyst, Riskcare
  • Research Scientist, Nuffield
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Banking
  • PhD
  • Teacher

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £14,655 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

The Physics MSc is an interdepartmental course that covers significant research elements of rapidly developing and exciting fields of particle physics and cosmology, experimental biophysics and nanotechnology as well as theory and simulation of condensed matter. This course will equip you with expertise in planning, administration, execution and dissemination of research, and will also provide you with the background knowledge and skills required to become an active scientist. The Physics MSc is made up of optional and required modules. You must take modules totalling 180 credits to complete the course, including 60 credits that will come from a research project and dissertation. You will complete the course in one year, from September to September. You will study modules offering group projects, literature reviews and there are opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Loading...

Teaching methods - what to expect

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Written/Practical Examinations
  • Essays
  • Class Tests
  • Assignment Reports
  • Oral Presentations

Structure

Required modules

You are required to take:

Scientific Communications (15 credits)
Advanced Topics in Physics (15 credits)
Research Project in Physics (60 credits)

Optional modules

You are required to take at least 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

Photonics & Metamaterials (15 credits)
Theoretical Treatment of Nano-systems (15 credits)
Experimental Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics (15 credits)
Bio & Nanomaterials in the Virtual Lab (15 credits)
Standard Model Physics & Beyond (15 credits)
Advanced Condensed Matter (15 credits)
Current Topics in Biophysics (15 credits)
Dark Matter & Dark Energy (15 credits)
Simulation Methods for Non-equilibrium Systems (15 credits)
Gravitational Wave Physics

Additionally, you are required to take sufficient credits to bring your total for the year to 180, from a range of optional modules, which may typically include: Modules offered by the King’s College London Department of Mathematics: - Lie Groups & Lie Algebras - Strings, Branes & Quantum Gravity - Elements of Statistical Learning - Mathematical Biology - Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems - Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems - Theory of Complex Networks - Supersymmetry Modules offered by Royal Holloway, University of London: - Statistical Mechanics - Superfluids, Condensates & Superconductors - Nuclear Magnetic Resonance - Physics at the Nanoscale Modules offered by University College London: - Advanced Quantum Theory - Atom & Photon Physics - Quantum Computation & Communication - Molecular Physics - Particle Physics - Order & Excitations in Condensed Matter - Planetary Atmospheres - Solar Physics - Space Plasma & Magnetospheric Physics - Molecular Biophysics Modules offered by Queen Mary, University of London: - Electromagnetic Theory - Stellar Structure & Evolution - Relativity & Gravitation - Solar System - The Galaxy - Astrophysical Plasmas

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our Physics MSc will train you to think analytically and problem solve, preparing you for a career in a  wide range of sectors including finance, biotechnology, scientific research and wherever the ability to think clearly and flexibly is valued.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Computational Financer, Lloyd's
  • Code Developer, HMRC
  • Consultant, Capgemini
  • Data Scientist, Atos
  • Senior Quant Analyst, Riskcare
  • Research Scientist, Nuffield
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Banking
  • PhD
  • Teacher

Tuition Fees

UK:

Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

International:

Full time: £29,310 per year (2022/23)

Part time: £14,655 per year (2022/23)

These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

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 UK deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Course packs, which are a vital part of your learning at King's and normally contain extracts from books and other useful documents that will inform your study.
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

Funding

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