Physics with Education MPhys


School of Physical Sciences

We are one of the UK’s leading centres for physics research, with a history of discovery that goes back over 130 years. We are internationally known for our work in particle physics, nuclear physics, condensed matter physics and accelerator physics and as a student, you will be immersed in our research environment from the start.

Anyone who is curious about the fundamental laws of nature will enjoy Physics. It is one of the few disciplines that really challenge our view of the world. For example, in relativity we find that space and time are entangled and that clocks run slowly under the influence of a gravitational field. When we examine the world on a microscopic scale, we are in the realm of quantum mechanics, where the predictions, such as wave-particle duality, even seem strange to the physicists who study its foundations.

Einstein was sufficiently unsettled about the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics to declare, “God does not play dice”. Yet all of the predictions have passed every test devised so far, and it explains why stars shine, we do not collapse into a singularity, why copper conducts electricity but glass does not, and how transistors and other microelectronic devices work. Because quantum mechanics accounts for the whole of chemistry, including biochemistry, we need to understand it if we are to understand life itself.

Which degree?

The overall programme structure is very flexible. At the end of Years One and Two, students will have a wide range of options and considerable flexibility to transfer between programmes.

You can pursue Physics to the highest level or you can specialise in one of the many fields of science based on Physics. The three-year BSc (Hons) programmes provide an excellent foundation in Physics. The four-year MPhys programmes go into greater breadth and depth and are designed for students aiming for a professional career in Physics. In the first two years students take Maths modules which provide the support to bring all students up to the required level. Graduates are eligible to join our professional body, the Institute of Physics, and they are well on the way to Chartered Physicist status.

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Why Physical Sciences?

David Turner

David Turner


"Physics gives you a chance to explain how the world works – from the really small atomic scale to the really large. I've really enjoyed the practicals. I've really been able to get to grips with handling the equipment and the scientific methods – and it’s good to be able to apply the things you've learnt in lectures when you’re hands on in the lab. I feel like I've learnt enough, and developed a lot of skills to be able to apply them in later life. I'm glad I came to the University of Liverpool."

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