Physics with Education MPhys

Initial application for this programme is through either of our MPhys courses (Physics F303, or Astrophysics F521) or our BSc courses (Physics F300, Physics and Astronomy F3F5).  There are two optional modules available on these programmes that will provide you with experience of working with school aged audiences.

Programme Year One

As per F303, F521, F3F5 and F300.

Optional Module

Working with Physics for Education I (PHYS165).


Programme Year Two

As per F303, F521F3F5 and F300

Optional Module

Working with Physics for Education II (PHYS265).

Applications, interviews and entry tests will happen in year two of the programme.


Programme Year Three

The academic year starts early and is split between two Universities. The specialist Initial Teacher Training modules (EDUCxxx) are taught at the Department of Education, Liverpool John Moores University and through mentored placements at local schools. The Physics department at University of Liverpool will teach the Physics (PHYSxxx) modules.

Compulsory Modules <+links to programme planner>

EDUC601 - Subject Pedagogy in Physics (LJMU 6001ITT) – 20 Credits and Level 6

EDUC602-  Professional Practice (LJMU 6002ITT)  20 Credits and Level 6

EDUC603 Inclusion (LJMU 6003ITT) – 20 Credits and Level 6 

PHYS488 Modelling Physical Phenomena 

PHYS370 Advanced Electromagnetism

PHYS363 Condensed Matter Physics

Optional Modules

PHYS382 Physics of Life

PHYS375 Nuclear Physics

PHYS388 Physics of Energy Sources

PHYS384 Radiation Therapy Applications


Programme Year Four

The academic year starts early and is split between two Universities. The specialist Initial Teacher Training modules (EDUCxxx) are taught at the Department of Education, Liverpool John Moores University and through mentored placements at local schools. The Physics department at University of Liverpool will teach the Physics (PHYSxxx) modules.

Compulsory Modules

PHYS468 Physics Education Project

EDUC701  Developing Professional Reflective Practice (LJMU 7126SREF) 20 Credits and Level 7 

EDUC702 Learning, Teaching and Assessment in the 11-16 Context (LJMU 7136SLTA) 20 Credits and Level 7

EDUC703 Pedagogy in Practice (LJMU 7226SPRAC) 20 Credits and Level 7

PHYS361 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics

Optional Modules

PHYS470 Classical Mechanics

PHYS497 Magnetic Structure

PHYS481 Accelerator Physics

PHYS491 Research Skills


Teaching and Learning

Each year of study comprises 120 credits and normally 60 credits are taken in each semester.

PHYSxxx modules

These modules are delivered by University of Liverpool. Lectures cover the overall framework and basic information on the various areas of Physics and related subjects. Tutorials and problem-solving workshops are another crucial element in the learning process. They help you to develop a working knowledge and understanding of Physics.

Most work takes place in small groups with a tutor or in a larger class where staff provide help as needed. Practical work is an integral part of the programmes, and ranges from training in basic laboratory skills in the first two years to a research project in the third or fourth year. 

Assessment in PHYSxxx is mainly through a written examination at the end of the semester and partly through the satisfactory submission of solutions to question sheets during the programme. In the case of practical work, laboratory demonstrators continuously assess the work on the basis of entries in practical laboratory workbooks and reports on each assignment. Project work is assessed on the basis of the work completed, the written report and the oral presentation.

EDUCxxx modules

These modules are delivered by Liverpool John Moores University. Study for these modules is divided between taught elements, private study and completion of work-related activities (Placements).

Placements are organised in our Partnership schools in the Greater Merseyside area. For the majority of the training you will gain your teaching experience in a “Home School” in year 3 and an “alternative” school  in year 4. This innovative model ensures that you feel genuinely part of the staff whilst on school placement and can monitor and gain satisfaction from your impact on your pupils’ progress over time. 

You will also be allocated a Teacher Mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your Mentor will be supported by your LJMU Tutor who will visit your school several times to monitor your progress. Additional professional development sessions are organised in school during placements.

Tutorial support is an important part of the LJMU learning process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve your potential. Your Personal Tutor will support your academic and professional development and will meet with you formally during the year.

You will undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation to support your course assignments and school-based work and should be prepared to work some evenings and weekends.

University-based training takes place at the IM Marsh campus just four miles from the city centre. Here you will find independent study spaces with IT facilities, a library, access to student welfare and support, a gym and other sports facilities plus a café and shop.

The IM Marsh Library houses the main collections linked to this course and is open from 8am until 11pm during term time. You will also have access to the 24 hour, city centre Aldham Robarts and Avril Robarts libraries.