Imperial College London

Imperial College London

Physics with Shock Physics

This course explores the response of a wide range of materials, from rock to plasma, when subjected to rapid or high pressure loading. Ultimately this can generate shock waves within the material causing novel and non-intuitive effects. This area is important for a number of applications, including: preventing impact damage to transportation vehicles; petrochemical and other offshore platforms; astrophysics, including meteorite impacts; understanding high pressure conditions at the core of planets; and studies into the internal conditions of nuclear energy reactors.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree (or above) in physics; or another physical science or engineering subject with a strong mathematical and theoretical content; candidates with degrees in other subjects and appropriate experience may also be considered.

Course modules

Modules include: Introduction to shock physics; fundamentals of shock physics; shock waves in context; hydrodynamics and shocks; literature review; current trends in shock studies; explosives technology course (at cranfield university); computational skills and data modelling training; project planning; an optional course from elsewhere in the college.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a dissertation and a presentation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,732 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 26,225 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
South Kensington Campus Kensington and Chelsea SW7 2AZ South East

Key information

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020 759 41343