Research course

Theory and Simulation of Materials

Imperial College London · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Applicants will have, or be expected to achieve, a first class Honours (Bachelors or Masters), or overseas equivalent in the physical sciences or engineering.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of the course is to train a new generation of multi-disciplinary scientists who relish the challenge of understanding mathematically complex physical phenomena, and who want to apply their talent for theory to tackle some of the most pressing technological challenges facing modern society.

The course provides a cutting-edge multidisciplinary educational and research environment in the theory and simulation of materials across length and time scales, to enable students to learn how to look at materials problems from different perspectives. To achieve this, the first year MSc course will provide a rigorous training in the required theoretical methods and simulation techniques. The PhD research project, which occupies years 2-4, will have two supervisors whose combined expertise will bridge multiple length and time scales. A key emphasis of research projects will be on the development and implementation of new theory and code for materials simulation.

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Department specialisms

Physics; Materials; Mechanical Engineering; Chemistry

Information for international students

College requires applicants to have taken an English Language test and achieved an acceptable grade or score before admission can be confirmed. For more details see our website

Fees and funding

We expect to have up to 10 fully-funded studentships for Home/EU students for an October 2017 start. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The 3-year PhD may be taken only by those students who have completed the 1-year MSc on Theory and Simulation of Materials. The combined four-year course leads both to the PhD degree but also to the (taught) MSc after the first year.

Course contact details

Ms Miranda Smith
+44 (0) 20 7594 0709