Taught course

Physics with Shock Physics

Imperial College London · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Normally a first class honours degree in Physics or other physical science or engineering subject with a strong mathematical and theoretical content.

Months of entry


Course content

Shock physics focuses on the understanding of what happens to matter under extreme conditions. This research can be applied in many ways, including:
  • analysing the effect of meteorite impacts on planets, spacecraft and satellites
  • understanding how tsunamis are formed
  • understanding the high pressure conditions that occur at the core of planets

This course explores the response of a wide range of materials, from rock to plasma, when subjected to rapid or high pressure loading. This area is important for a number of applications, such as:

  • preventing impact damage to transportation vehicles
  • petrochemical and other offshore platforms
  • astrophysics and studies into the internal conditions of nuclear energy reactors

You will be trained in techniques that are of value to potential industrial employers, government agencies and other organisations.

Fees and funding

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment10
Dissertation65 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Dr Bill Proud
+ 44 (0)20 7594 5898