Physics students with lecturer

Key facts

Total expected intake 
240 (2019 entry)

Applications : Admissions ratio
6 : 1 (for 2017 entry)

The Complete University Guide 2018
5th in the UK

About the Department

Students in Imperial’s Department of Physics join a vibrant research community, which is contributing to ground-breaking discoveries in fields such as string theory, the origins of the universe, particle physics, thermonuclear fusion, laser science, and materials physics, among many others.

You have the chance to learn from and alongside these experts and use a range of state-of-the-art facilities, including high intensity laser systems, nanoscale fabrication and high performance computing. You will also have access to data collected from major experiments such as CERN and from international space missions.

The Department’s strong links in industry are cemented by its Industry Club, which brings a number of direct benefits including supporting a third-year exchange programme with MIT (USA) and an annual recruitment fair.


Three-year courses (180 ECTS):

Four-year courses (240/310 ECTS):

Transfer between courses

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.

The Department of Physics allows transfer between courses and the transfer rules are detailled on each of the pages above, see 'Transfer between courses' in the overview section.

If interviewed, you will have the opportunity to discuss your choice of degree and the potential to transfer on to another degree within the department.

If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa. Please visit our International Student Support webpage for further information.