Self-funded students may take the MSc by itself as a 12-month full-time course.
This course is aimed at mathematically talented students who relish theoretical and computational treatments of condensed matter that are relevant to major issues facing society today, such as energy supply, global warming, health and security.
It provides a foundation in the theoretical physics of materials and its application in simulations across different length and time scales to problems of technological importance.
With strong links to industry, other leading academic institutions, and government labs in the UK and overseas, there are plenty of opportunities to engage with external organisations, including collaborative research projects.
The MSc draws upon the unique breadth and depth of the expertise at Imperial, which involves six departments across the Faculties of Natural Sciences and Engineering. You will be able to participate fully in the exciting research seminars and workshops of the Thomas Young Centre, the London Centre for Theory and Simulation of Materials.
The teaching of the MSc comprises six core and two optional modules, after which there is a three-month research project.
The teaching involves a mix of lectures, directed reading, problem classes, computational exercises and seminars.
Assessment of the taught courses is by a combination of coursework and written examinations, and the research project is assessed through an oral presentation and a thesis.
* Not all these options will be offered each year and alternatives may be offered in their place.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
We welcome applications from suitably qualified, self-funded students for the 12-month MSc.
The normal entrance requirement for the MSc is a first class honours degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in physical sciences or engineering.
Tuition fees (2015–2016):