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BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics
BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics

BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics

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

Entry Requirements

  • A levels, AAB including A in both Physics and Maths. This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered).

  • Cambridge Pre-U, D3, D3, M2 including D3 in Physics and Maths

  • European Baccalaureate, 80% overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths

  • International Baccalaureate, 35 points overall, including 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

English Requirements

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

  • IELTS (Academic and Indicator), 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component

  • C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency, 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component

  • Duolingo, 110 overall, with a minimum of 100 in each component

  • GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language), Grade C

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT, B2 Communicator High Pass with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component

  • PTE Academic, 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component

  • TOEFL, 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component

  • Trinity ISE III, Merit in all components


Course Information

Mathematics and Physics are natural subjects to combine at university. Comprehending high-level physics requires a strong mathematical foundation. Mathematical models are developed to explain our observations of the physical world.

Our BSc Mathematics and Physics programme gives you access to the combined expertise of the Departments of Physics and Mathematics. Our specialist teaching emphasises the mathematical structure of physical theory, providing a strong basis on which to build a comprehensive understanding of modern physics.

You'll work with dedicated staff, all of whom are engaged in current research and many are world leaders in their field. You will benefit from training in cutting-edge mathematical and theoretical physics techniques, and use these to probe the nature of physical reality and push the boundaries of research.

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Year 1

Year 1 emphasises core material to consolidate your existing knowledge and prepare you for more advanced study.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Algebra 

  • Calculus

  • Mathematical Skills I

  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity with Professional Skills 

  • Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics 

  • Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics 

Year 2

In Year 2 you'll deepen your understanding of fundamental laws, processes and techniques. 

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Applied Mathematics for Mathematics and Physics 

  • Functions of a Complex Variable 

  • Vector Calculus 

  • Linear Algebra 

  • Mathematical Skills II 

  • Quantum Physics II 

  • Thermodynamics and Solid State I 

  • Electromagnetism and Optics 

Year 3

Year 3 introduces some advanced concepts, building on the expertise you've developed. Option modules give you the chance to delve deeper into your favourite topic, or discover a new area of advanced maths or physics.

You'll work on a group project to investigate a current problem in maths or physics. You'll conduct original research to reach new conclusions and, at the highest levels, contribute to our understanding of maths or physics.

Maths or Physics project

  • BSc Maths Project 

  • BSc Physics Project 

The BSc Project gives you the chance to design and carry out an extended scientific investigation. You'll join a small group looking at a project which will require creativity and original thinking to tackle. Each project is supervised by a specific member of staff with relevant expertise, who can give advice and assistance.

Recent projects have included:

  • Simulation of plasma blobs

  • Atomistic modelling of RFeB permanent magnets

  • Geant Monte-Carlo simulations for the electrons detection system at ISOLDE(CERN)

  • Correlation in systems of interacting electrons

  • Probing the structure and dynamics of DNA

  • Raman spectroscopy studies of archaeological bone

You'll be supported by a professional skills module, building on the expertise developed in Years 1 and 2. You'll work with a team to develop a talk and academic poster to be given at a conference at the end of the year.

Core modules

You will take core modules which may include:

  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State II 

Option modules

You will take a selection of option modules, examples of which may include:

  • Advanced Theoretical Techniques 

  • Atomic Physics and Lasers  

  • Cosmology *

  • Galaxies and the Interstellar Medium and Cosmology 

  • Introduction to Plasma Science and Technology 

  • Introduction to Quantum Computing 

  • Magnetic Materials and Technology 

  • Medical Physics 

  • Modern Optics 

  • Nanoscale 

  • Particle Physics 

  • Quantum Physics III 

  • Relativity 

  • The Physics of Stars 

  • Complex and Asymptotic Methods 

  • Classical and Biological Fluid Dynamics 

  • Differential Geometry 

  • Dynamical Systems 

  • Fundamentals of Fluid Dynamics 

  • Mathematical Ecology and Epidemiology 

  • Modelling with MATLAB 

  • Numerical Analysis 

  • Partial Differential Equations I 

  • Partial Differential Equations II 

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

Our graduates are working as:

  • Accelerator Physicist, Science and Technology Council

  • Engineer, BAE Systems

  • Scientist, The Home Office

  • Financial Coordinator, De Vere

  • IT Analyst and Consultant, Virgin money

  • Teacher

  • Electrical Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover

  • Environmental Modeller, E.ON

  • Accountant, John Lewis

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Insurance - Single: 300 (£) per year

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