Physics at Imperial covers a broad range of topics in both fundamental and applied physics. All of our physics courses follow the same core curriculum for the first two years. This gives you a good grounding in physics, mathematics and experimental methods, and prepares you for advanced study in later years. A wide range of optional modules is available as you progress through the course, many of which are directly linked to the research of our nine internationally-recognised research groups so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. Research in our Department has contributed to ground-breaking discoveries in many different fields, from astrophysics to quantum optics and laser science. This freedom to tailor the course to your interests allows you to continue with a broad physics education or specialise in a particular area such as theoretical physics or plasma physics. You will also have the chance to complete a substantial project with one of our research groups. This course offers you the chance to spend your third year studying abroad at a leading European university, completing taught modules and a six-month Master’s-level project. You will normally be taught in the language of the host country, and free language classes are available at the College to help you prepare. Limited places means competition for placements abroad is strong, so only students who are on track for a 2:1 or above by the time of selection in year two will be eligible.