Taught course

Physics with Shock Physics

Institution
Imperial College London · Department of Physics
Qualifications
MSc

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

October

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

MSc

full time
12 months

Assessment

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

Course contact details

Name
Dr Bill Proud
Email
wproud@imperial.ac.uk
Phone
+ 44 (0)20 7594 5898