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Physics Grad Dip

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This Physics Graduate Diploma is designed both for physics graduates who are looking to consolidate and expand their understanding of physics, and for graduates from other disciplines such as mathematics or chemistry to introduce them to the main areas of the subject. This course can be studied as a free-standing qualification or as a pathway to the Physics MSc, which requires a further year of study.

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

  • Located in the heart of London, giving unparalleled access to research facilities.
  • Ideal foundation for non-Physics science graduates who wish to study for a Physics MSc.
  • You will be studying innovative modules covering modern theories of physics.
  • Research-led study course taught by staff who are recognised leaders in their field.
  • Excellent tutorial support, extensive programme-specific interactive teaching and project work.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to June.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value 60

Course intake Approximately 10.

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Further details

Course contact for further information

Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office
tel: +44 (0)20 7848 7000
fax: +44 (0)20 7848 7200

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Physics



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Course detail


The Physics Graduate Diploma is an interdepartmental course that covers significant research elements of the 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 is made up of optional and required modules, including modules offering group projects and literature reviews. There are also opportunities to explore an extensive range of innovative optional modules, allowing you to develop a study pathway that reflects your interests. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to June. You must take modules totalling 120 credits to meet the requirements of the qualification.

This course is available as a free-standing qualification. However, it can also act as pathway to the Physics MSc, with students achieving a merit or distinction satisfying the entry requirements for the MSc.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the course. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.


Lectures, seminars,

self-study and feedback (hours)

Per 15-credit taught module


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations.


Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.


Required Modules

You are required choose one of the following options:

  • Third Year Project in Physics (15 credits) and Literature Review (15 credits)


  • Project in Physics (30 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take 90 credits from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Mathematical Methods in Physics III (15 credits)
  • Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (15 credits)
  • Particle Physics (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Biophysics & Nanotechnology (15 credits)
  • Optics (15 credits)
  • Solid State Physics (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging (15 credits)


Up to 30 of your 90 credits may be taken from the following list of modules:

  • Experimental Physics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Numerical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Nuclear Physics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (15 credits)
  • Mathematical methods in Physics II (30 credits)
  • Symmetry in Physics (15 credits)
  • Electromagnetism (15 credits)
  • Astrophysics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Physics & Clinical Engineering (15 credits)

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 that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Physics Grad-dip Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements   Bachelors degree with Physics as a major subject.
International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.


Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal apply.kcl.ac.uk and a non-refundable application fee of £60 applies. Your application will be considered by an admissions tutor. We aim to reply to reply within six to eight weeks of submission.

ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.


Personal statement and supporting information

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Physics Graddip checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required.
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Optional Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.


Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time Home/EU fees: £6,940 per year (2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £14,200 per year (2019/20)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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


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/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, payment is due within one week 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.


Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, 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

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

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Students passing the Graduate Diploma have found MSc places at King’s and elsewhere.


Next steps

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