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    • This page contains information about University of London Logothe Physics Intercollegiate Programme, run between QMUL, RHUL, UCL and KCL.

      Intercollegiate teaching gives you, the student, a wide range of courses to choose from which can provide you with a very varied or specialised set of modules to suit your degree programme.

      Please see the tabs below for more information.
      • Teaching Term Dates 2021/22

        The term dates for the MSci/MSc are slightly different to the BSc term dates as there is no reading week (except at UCL/KCL Maths) and classes run for 11 weeks straight.  In 2021/22, the term dates are as follows:

        Semester 1 - Autumn 2021

        Monday 27 September - Friday 17 December 2021 

        Apart from:

        *(QMUL courses will start Monday 4 October - Friday 17 December 2021)

        *KCL Maths Reading Week: w/c Monday 1 November 2021 

        *UCL Reading Week: w/c Monday 8 November 2021

        Semester 2 - Spring 2022

        Monday 17 January - Friday 1 April 2022

        Apart from:
        *UCL courses which will start on Monday 10 January 2022 - Friday 25 March 2022

        *QMUL courses which will start on Monday 24 January 2022 – Friday 8 April 2022 


        *UCL Reading Week: w/c Monday 14 February 2022  

        Main Exam period* -  Monday 25 April to Friday 10 June 2022

        *Please be aware QMUL will have Semester-Based examinations and no revision week:

        • Semester 1 Modules will be examined between Thursday 6 January – Friday 21 January 2022
        • Semester 2 Modules will be examined between Thursday 5 May – Wednesday 1 June 2022

        *KCL have an examination period in January: Monday 10 January - Friday 14 January 2022 

        The following KCL exams will take place in January 2022 and will be face-to-face:

        • 7CCMCS06 Elements of Statistical Learning UPDATE: Will now take place as an online remote invigilated examination
        • 7CCPNE05 Modelling Quantum Many-Body Systems UPDATE: postponed until May/June 2022
        • 7CCP4931 Advanced Condensed Matter UPDATE: postponed until May/June 2022
        • 7CCP4935 Dark Matter and Dark Energy UPDATE: postponed until May/June 2022

        • Registration Procedures


          You will need to submit registration forms for your chosen modules for each intercollegiate college that you will be attending, including your home institution. This is in addition to registering for your modules online (i.e. MySIS, eVision).

          Any changes to Autumn Term courses can be made up until Friday 8 October 2021 and changes to Spring Term courses can be made up until Friday 21 January 2022 **except for UCL changes which must be made by Friday 3 December 2021 and QMUL changes which can be made up until Friday 28 January 2022.


          Useful Information:

          QMUL Instructions on how to complete the forms

          Module codes for all universities



          QMUL Registration Form - QMUL Students

          QMUL Registration Form - Non-QMUL Students

          RHUL Registration Form

          KCL Registration Form

          UCL Online Registration Form

          Note for QMUL students:

          All MSci registration forms must be authorised by Prof Steve Thomas (GOJ 611) the academic contact for the MSci programme. 

          All MSc registration forms must be authorised by Dr Rodolfo Russo (GOJ 613) the academic contact for the MSc programme. 

          Access to materials:

          Completed registration forms will be passed onto the relevant intercollegiate college(s) for processing. They will be countersigned by representatives at the appropriate intercollegiate college, so you do not need to worry about organising that. Please note if you do not submit your registration forms, you will not be entered for the examinations. 

          Once you have been registered onto a course at another institution, they will email you to inform you of how to access their online materials and where to obtain your ID card etc. Please be patient, this may take a few weeks so it is advisable that you submit your forms as early as possible.

          If you drop a module at another College you should inform both your own College and the administrative contact point at the College that runs the course.

          • Intercollegiate Handbook & Module Details

            Please refer to the MSci Module Handbook for a full list of modules, course content, assessment weightings, recommended reading etc.

          • Module Selection Rules


            • Students that wish to take any of the QM-based Theoretical Physics modules in the 4th year (SPA7018U, SPA7027U, SPA7001U, SPA7024U, SPA7029U & SPA7031U) must have taken Mathematical Techniques 3, Physical Dynamics, Quantum Mechanics B and Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry (QMUL - MSci students) or equivalent.
            • Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields is a co-requisite for all of the QM-based Theoretical Physics modules (QMUL - MSci and MSc)
            • Spacetime and Gravity and Mathematical Techniques 4 (or equivalent) are also pre-requisites of Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics (QMUL -MSci)
            • Physical Cosmology or equivalent is a pre-requisite for Advanced Cosmology (QMUL - MSci students)
            • Students that wish to take Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory, should take Relativistic Waves/Quantum Fields as a co-requisite, unless you have already seen the relativistic 4-vector notation (and the Klein-Gordon equation in particular) in other modules.
            • Students who have previously taken SPA6305 The Physics of Galaxies, can not take SPA7010U The Galaxy, as there is significant overlap (QMUL - MSci students). 

            In the interest of balance and/or for syllabus reasons:

            • Students should not take Advanced Quantum Theory (UCL) if they have taken Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry (QMUL - MSci students)
            • Students should not take Math. Methods for Theoretical Physics (suspended during 2021/22) if they have taken Mathematical Techniques 4 (QMUL - MSci students)
            • QMUL students should take no more than three KCL maths courses
            • QMUL students are not able to take KCL Maths Strings, Branes and Quantum Gravity, as they should take the QMUL equivalent, Introduction to Strings and Branes
            • KCL students are not able to take QMUL Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields, and should take KCL Maths module Quantum Field Theory instead.

            • All students should take no more than one of the following:

            1. 7CCMMS40 Supersymmetry and Conformal Field Theory (KCL)
            2. SPA7031U/P Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics (QMUL)

            • All students should take no more than two of the following:

            1. PHAS0099 Molecular Physics (UCL)
            2. 7CCP4473 Theoretical Treatments of Nano-systems (KCL)
            3. SPA7008U/P Electronic Structure Methods (QMUL - suspended during 2021/22)

            • All students should take no more than one of the following:

            1. PHAS0065 Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution (UCL)
            2. SPA7010U/P The Galaxy (QMUL)

            For recommended courses based on your pathway, please see the MSci Handbook

            • Timetable and Class Locations

              Timetables are available below and are updated regularly. All locations should be confirmed before the start of term. 

              You can check the live timetables and room information for:

              Please note, modules run by QMUL will appear on your QMplus timetable, however modules run by the intercollegiate colleges will not. Please ensure you consult the timetables linked above, as it is your responsibility to ensure you are aware of when and where your lectures are taking place.

            • University Locations

            • Administrative Contacts

              The Administrative contacts at all colleges are listed below. 


              Leonie Dos Santos


              G.O. Jones 110

              0207 882 6959 (working remotely on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, please contact via e-mail)

              King's College - PHYSICS

              Daisy Harris

              S7.03 Strand Building

              0207 848 2703

              King's College - MATHEMATICS

              Shayon King



              S5.17 Strand Building

              0207 848 2828


              Tim Wilson-Soppitt


              Bedford Building 1-29

              01784 276881 

              University College London - PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

              Sadia Begum


              Helen Copeland


              E1 Physics Building

              020 3108 1402 Ext: 51402

              University College London - SPACE & CLIMATE PHYSICS

              Natasha Magennis


              3 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BT

              0207 679 4519

              Laura Gardner 


              3 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BT

              0207 679 4909

              • Exams, Results & Resit Information

              • QMUL QMplus Links

              • Attendance & Absences

              • MSci Intercollegiate Programme Evaluation

                • FAQ's

                  What intercollegiate courses are available to me?

                  There are a wide range of courses in the intercollegiate programme and which modules you take will depend on your degree programme, timetable restrictions and your previous study. Please confirm with your academic representative whether your selection are appropriate.

                  How can I find out when the courses I am interested in will be taught?

                  The timetable is accessible above. There are also individual links per college so you can check the live system. Please be advised that each institution's timetable is independent of the others, therefore, it is possible they may change. It is in your best interest to check the timetable regularly.

                  I need to submit an extenuating circumstances claim form, who do I submit it to?

                  You should submit an extenuating circumstances claim to your HOME institution, and follow the same process as your home modules. If extensions/first sits are to be granted, then the relevant people will be informed. 

                  Will I have to pay a fee to take a course at another college?

                  No, you will not have to pay any extra fees.

                  How can I gain access to the online materials for my intercollegiate modules?

                  Once you are registered at another institution, you will be given access to their online materials. Therefore, you should register as early as possible to ensure that you don't miss homework's/lecture notes that have been posted online. If you are registered but still do not have access, please speak to the Admin Contact at the relevant institution (contact details are above).

                  Where can I collect my ID card/s from and do I really need one?

                  Having an ID card for the institution/s you will be attending is important as it will allow you access to their teaching buildings and facilities. You may also need the relevant ID card when sitting the exam, so you should pick one up at the start of term. Once you are registered with another University, they will inform you of how to pick up your card.

                  Will I get a new email address?

                  Each college you are registered with will give you a student email account. Please get into the habit of checking your new email accounts as you may miss important information if you don't.

                  When will I get my exam timetable?

                  Your exam timetable will be released to you approximately one month before exams begin. The intercollegiate colleges do not release the exam schedules at the same time. Therefore, you may find that the timetable released to you from your home institution is incomplete. Be advised each colleges will contact you via email to let you know when your exams are, so be observant.

                  QMUL Students only - I am applying for another course, where can I get my transcript?

                  You can access your most recent HEAR transcript via your Gradintelligence account. More details can be found here.