Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics and structured around a common core to ensure that all students have a good grounding in the fundamental aspects of physics, mathematics and experimental methods.
The MSci programmes are designed for those wishing to study at a higher level or pursue a career as an academic or researcher.
The MSci programmes are comparable in level to the longer degree courses typically found in most other European countries.
The degree courses that we offer share a common core. This ensures that all graduates have a good grounding in the fundamental aspects of physics, mathematics and experimental methods, irrespective of how you specialise in the later years.
You can specialise by following themes, such as theoretical physics, astrophysics, particle physics and cosmology, quantum optics and photonics, solid state physics, etc. A wide choice is available and there is considerable flexibility in how you make your choice, subject to the degree stream you have chosen.
In your application you only need to specify one course. We will discuss your choice with you and we take a flexible approach to course changes both at admissions stage and during the early years of the course.
Options (choose one)
Options (typically choose four depending on programme)
YEAR 4 (MSCI DEGREES)
Options (choose five)
Options marked (T) are particularly mathematical in character. A certain number of these must be taken in the degree programme Physics with Theoretical Physics.
For other students a good performance in mathematics in the first two years is required.
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.
For 2015 entry we require A*A*A overall, to include:
Similar offers are generally made for the BSc and MSci degree programmes. MSci students are required to maintain good grades during their first two years.
For students following the International Baccalaureate, we require an overall score of 39 points overall, to include:
Applicants of the following courses should also note the following requirements:
Physics with a Year in Europe
Applicants for this course need to meet the above admissions requirements for a Physics programme. We also require a pass in a modern European language at grade B or above in GCSE (or equivalent). Applicants offering an AS level or A-level in the language will have an advantage.
We also welcome applications from candidates with Scottish Advanced Highers, the International, European and French Baccalaureates, the German Abitur and certain other qualifications giving university entrance in other countries.
President's Undergraduate Scholarships
Student Status Eligibility - Open pre-enrolment only
Value - £3,000 one off scholarship payment upon enrolment
Number Available - 112
Further Eligibility Criteria Information
All applicants are reviewed by their academic departments as part of the admission process and nominated on the basis of academic excellence and potential.
Duration - 1 year
There is no seperate application process for these awards. Selection will be determined by departments' usual admissions processes.
Academic departments are responsible for nominating scholarship recipients as part of the admission process. All first time undergraduate applicants who have applied to the College by 15 October will be considered for these awards. However, Graduate Entry Medicine students are not eligible.
There is no formal application process and no separate application form for the President's Undergraduate Scholarship.
Your prospective department will use your admission application, references and any entry tests or interviews associated with your department to assess your academic merit and potential.
Recipients of these awards might find reference to these scholarships as part of their admissions offer via UCAS Track. You will then receive separate communication from Imperial’s Student Financial Support team a few days later.
If we think you may be eligible to be considered for this award, you will receive an email with more information about the scholarship after you have applied.
If you do not wish to be considered for this scholarship, please contact us and let us know. Make sure you include the name of the scholarship and your College Identifier (CID) number – you can find this on your application acknowledgement email from the College.
9. Agreeing to these terms and conditions and supplying your UK bank details
a) All scholarship and bursary payments will be made to the UK bank account details held on your Student e-Service account. You are able to log into your Student e-Service account and make changes to your bank details at any time after you’ve accepted your admissions offer.
b) By submitting your bank details via the Student Funding tab in Imperial’s Student e-Service portal, and/or bursary form, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.
c) It may take a few weeks to set up your bursary payments and your UK bank account (if applicable); therefore you should bring sufficient funds to cover your living expenses during this time. Initial payment dates may vary; it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of when payments will be made.
d) The award is subject to you fulfilling any outstanding conditions of admission.
e) Funds will only be released in line with your registration at College and you will need to ensure your bank details are up to date.
f) Payment Dates: Payments are normally made on the 7th day of each month; bank details should be updated before the 24th day of the preceding month to ensure payment is not delayed. Undergraduate payments will commence from 7th November. Postgraduate payments will commence on the 7th of the month following your registration.
10. Please make sure that you have completed all the steps necessary to register for the academic year in which you wish to receive payment. Please note that new award holders will also need to have fulfilled all of their conditions of offer before they are able to register.
11. All Imperial scholarships are subject to satisfactory academic progression. If the duration of your scholarship is longer than 12 months, it will be renewable annually.
12. Awards will not generally be made to those already holding a full scholarship from another source; please inform Student Financial Support, and/or any other department which has offered you an award, immediately if you are granted more than one award, even if you have already accepted our award. If you wish to hold several partial awards concurrently, this will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
13. Scholarships are not generally awarded to students who are writing-up.
14. Applicants wishing to study at UK partner institutions are not eligible for Imperial College London scholarships.
15. Undergraduate Financial Support / Imperial Bursary Package
a) To be eligible to receive an Imperial Bursary you must have been assessed for means tested funding from Student Finance England (or equivalent funding authority) and have a household income below the Imperial household income threshold for your cohort. You must contact us if this is not the case. Any previous study may affect your entitlement.
b) The College reviews household income information (which it receives from Student Finance England, etc.) on a continuous basis. A change in your household income may result in a change in your Imperial Bursary. Any overpayments will be reclaimed.
c) The Imperial Bursary is available for each year of your course excluding repeat years of study and NHS funded years for Medical courses. If you change from a 3 year to a 4 year course at Imperial you will be awarded a further year’s bursary. You should contact us about any course changes as soon as possible.
d) Students on paid placements might not be eligible for the Imperial Bursary.
e) To be eligible for the Imperial Bursary, we must receive your household income from the Student Loans Company by 1 May following the start of your academic year.
16. If you have been offered funding by the Research Councils, please ensure that you have read the most up-to-date postgraduate funding guide; you will need to adhere to the terms and conditions laid out there.
17. Deferrals, withdrawals and interruption of studies
a) You must inform the Student Financial Support team immediately of any interruptions to your study, particularly if they are likely to affect your attendance and registration status at College.
b) If you withdraw from your course or take an interruption of study (IOS) you must notify us immediately by contacting us here. If you take an IOS your bursary will be postponed until you re-register.
c) Bursaries and scholarships are not transferable. If you transfer to another institution or withdraw from the College, any payments due to you will be cancelled and any overpayments are recoverable.
d) We will not provide scholarship or bursary support for any period of repeat study.
e) Awards cannot be deferred.
18. Student Financial Support may at any time, at their discretion, withdraw or recover an award for breach of any of the above conditions.
19. The College reserves the right to place a limit on financial support where a student is in receipt of other funding.
20. Information on students is shared within the Imperial College community and donors (where applicable and relevant to your award) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
a) Where awards have specific eligibility criteria (e.g. satisfactory academic progression), supporting evidence may be shared with named donors in order to verify continued eligibility.
b) Award recipients may be expected to meet with donors.
21. If you are in receipt of an award to study that is restricted to students on the basis of nationality or residency; please note that, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, you must not intend to exercise in Great Britain skills you have obtained as a result of your training at the College and you must not be ordinarily resident in an EEA state.
22. These terms and conditions are the formal rules which regulate centrally funded awards. As such, there are no appeal procedures associated with funding from the Student Financial Support team.
All courses in the fourth year are at Master’s level and some are shared with specialised MSc courses. In addition, one of the options taken in the third year may be chosen from the fourth year list.
The language courses in the first and second years are required for Physics with a Year in Europe (F309) unless you are already fluent in the language of the country selected for your third year.