Imperial College London

Course Introduction

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.

Course Modules

Modules include: mathematical techniques; advanced classical physics; background to shock physics; hydrodynamics and shocks; shock physics in context. Project work: research skills training; self'study project; literature review and project plan; research project.

Course Additional Entry

A 1st Class (1st) Honours degree in physics. Applicants with degrees in other scientific disciplines e.g. engineering, chemistry, mathematics may be considered.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £25,000  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc (Postgraduate) £9,800  Academic year. First year home fees