Imperial College London has opted into the TEF and received a Gold award.
This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Physics. As well as your main Imperial degree (MSci), you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) on completion of this course.
Physics at Imperial covers a broad range of topics in both fundamental and applied physics. This course is ideally suited to those with a specific interest in mathematics and its application, and places less emphasis on experimental work than our standard Physics courses.
You will follow a similar curriculum to the standard Physics courses for the first two years, covering key topics such as electromagnetism, relativity and quantum physics. As a Theoretical Physics student, you will take an extra mathematics module in both years in place of a physics module. This core programme provides you with a good grounding in physics, mathematics and experimental methods, and prepares you for advanced study.
As the degree progresses you will have greater flexibility to specialise, with a wide choice of theoretical optional modules in areas such as group theory, general relativity and quantum field theory.
You will also have the opportunity to build on the BSc course with an additional year of Master's level study, and the chance to complete a substantial project on a theoretical physics topic in one of our research groups.
Many of our modules are directly linked to our research so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. Research in our Department has contributed to ground-breaking discoveries in many different fields, from astrophysics to quantum optics and laser science.
Practical work is an important part of the Physics curriculum at Imperial, and you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities as well as data collected from major experiments such as CERN. You will also gain a solid understanding of how to use computers as tools to help model and understand the physics of complicated phenomena. This includes using computers to make advanced calculations and analyse data, and how to use the programming language Python.
The high level of shared content in the first two years of our Physics degrees means that transfer to another degree within the Department is usually possible in the first two years. If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa, but our International Student Support Team are here to help advise and support you.
Please note there is no benefit in applying to multiple courses within the Department of Physics, and you should only apply to one course from this department.
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
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How to apply
This course is not accepting applications at this time. Please contact the provider to find out more.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
An ATAS certificate is required for all Non-EEA/Swiss nationals who require a visa to study in the UK.
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
A* in Mathematics
A in Physics
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||Not accepted|
|Access to HE Diploma||Not accepted|
|Scottish Higher||Not accepted|
|Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal||D2, D2, D3||
D2 in Mathematics
D3 in Physics
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||40 points||
7, 6, 6 at higher level which must include Mathematics and Physics (grades any order)
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this coursehttp://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/apply/requirements/
Additional entry requirements
If your UCAS application indicates that you are likely to satisfy our requirements you will be invited for one of our post-application interview days with a member of our academic staff.
Because we receive many more excellent applications than we have places available, our interviews will involve some technical discussions so that we can assess candidates with similar academic records and predictions.
You will have the chance to have lunch with our undergraduates. You will also meet with a member of the admissions team. This meeting is an opportunity to find out more about the course, our Department and College facilities, and social life in general.
It also gives us the chance to assess your suitability for the course, to learn about your interests and motivation, and to decide whether to offer you a place.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||For pre-2015 test, the College requires grade C overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 176 overall with 169 in all elements/bands|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.0 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|PTE Academic||62.0||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 56 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||92.0||Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 20 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.|
For further information on the College English entry requirements and a full list of accepted tests and grade requirements, please visit the College website URL detailed below.
College English Language Entry Requirements
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£31,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|