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Bachelor of Physics (Hons)
Bachelor of Physics (Hons)

Bachelor of Physics (Hons)

  • ID:UH440140
  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • Grade 4/D in English and 4/C Mathematics.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band).
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 51 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 72 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

Explore the fundamental theories of physics and gain the skills to understand the world in terms of forces and particles in small or complex systems. During this fascinating course you’ll learn to comprehend everything from the streamlined shape of dolphins to the quantum encryption of messages. The course is informed by our internationally excellent and world- leading physics research, which covers areas such as the microphysics of air quality, atmospheric physics, light scattering, quantum optics and mathematical physics. You’ll also have the option of spending a year working in industry or at a research institution. Study abroad opportunities are available at universities in Europe, Australia and the USA.

  • Our degree lets you study the fundamental theories behind Physics and their application to modern-day research and technology. We will take you from the knowledge that you have gained in your school or college studies right the way to the most up-to-date developments.
  • During your second and third years you begin to specialise in experimental physics or more theoretical and mathematical concepts. You can choose from a range of options in your final year, including Nonlinear Systems, Rocket Performance and Propulsion, Physics of Stars, Nonlinear Systems, Partial Differential Equations, Dynamics and Geometry, Further Numerical Methods or Quantum Computing.
  • You will also carry out a final year investigative project in a cutting-edge area of Physics research. You will be closely supervised and guided by one of our experienced researchers in the Centre for Atmospheric & Instrumentation Research. Previous projects have included designing a calibration system for airborne ice sensors, modelling the behaviour of soliton waves in the oceans, and examining quantum dynamics using topological methods.
  • If you are continuing on our MPhys programme it is possible to extend your project into your MPhys year. We also have an innovative strand of industrial projects supported by the Institute of Physics that give you direct experience of working in industrial research.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.  

Level 4

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • The Physical Universe, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Mathematical Techniques 1, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Special Relativity and Quantum Physics, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Experimental Physics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Computational Modelling, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Small Group Tutorial (Level 4), 0 Credits, Compulsory

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Mathematical Techniques 2, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Electromagnetism, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Optics and Lasers, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Thermodynamics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Quantum Mechanics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Small Group Tutorial (Level 5), 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Career Planning and Development, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Programming, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Professional Teaching Skills, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Numerical Methods, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Differential Equations, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Physics of the Solar System, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Extra-Solar Planets, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Plasma Physics and Fusion Reactors, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Motion and Tensors, 15 Credits, Optional

Level 6

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Condensed States of Matter, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • The Physics of Elementary Particles, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Physics Project and Investigative Skills, 30 Credits, Compulsory
  • Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Rocket Performance and Propulsion, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Professional Placement, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Space Dynamics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Year Abroad, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Computational Physics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Partial Differential Equations, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Further Numerical Methods, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Nonlinear Systems, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Placement with Study Abroad, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Star Formation and Evolution, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Foundations of Cosmology, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Physics of Astronomical Spectra, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Quantum Optics and Information Theory, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Applied Optics and Photonics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Lagrangian Dynamics, 15 Credits, Optional
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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

A physics degree opens up opportunities for careers in industry, teaching, telecommunications, computing and research. The analytical skills you’ll gain are also highly valued in a variety of non-scientific jobs, including finance, accounting and commerce. You’ll also be able to progress to postgraduate study.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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