Taught course

Theory and Simulation of Materials

Imperial College London · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for the MSc or the PhD is a First Class Honours degree, or equivalent overseas qualification, in physical sciences or engineering.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Physics is leading an interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) on Theory and Simulation of Materials.

The Centre offers a four-year PhD, the first year of which leads to an MSc. 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.

Fees and funding

UK students
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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

Further details of qualification

The MSc is intended as a foundation course for a subsequent PhD. However the MSc may be taken by itself by self-funded students.


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations45
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Dissertation30 (5000 words)

Course contact details

Miranda Smith