Physical Sciences entry route leading to BSc (Hons) (4 year route including a Foundation Year at Carmel College)

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Key information

  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F308
  • Year of entry: 2023

This programme offers a four-year route to the BSc (Hons) degree programmes offered by the Department of Physics.

You follow the Foundation Year at Carmel College, St Helens, about nine miles away from the main University campus. It offers small class sizes and high academic standards. You then opt to follow any of the Physics programmes.

Programme in detail

At Carmel College, you will take three foundation modules chosen from physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology or geography, depending on which degree route you want to follow. In your second year, you will attend the University of Liverpool and take the same modules as other students on your chosen programme from the following:

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Work placement/Year in industry

Students who want to gain work experience to enhance their employability can transfer to our Year in Industry option available to all physics-related degree programmes. Candidates should apply to their programme of choice, e.g. BSc Physics (F300) or MPhys Astrophysics (F521), and then can opt-in to the corresponding Year in Industry programme during their first two years of study.

All our programmes have a common mathematics and physics core in the first two years which provides a good measure of flexibility while laying a solid ground for a wealth of choices to work in all most all kind of industrial settings. After those two foundation years, students then work in their chosen industrial setting, learning on-the-job training and experience, before returning to complete their remaining programme of study.

The department of Physics and the University will provide the necessary support and guidance for this optional Year in Industry programme, however, it is the responsibility of the student to secure an appropriate industrial placement. Applicants should note that industrial placements are highly sought after and the process as well as the competition to be accepted is a rewarding and real-life challenge. Students who couldn't find a suitable placement offer or like to withdraw from the option will transfer back to the standard version of their programme.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

125 Year One undergraduates in 2018

UK league tables

Ranked 5th in the Guardian University League Tables in 2019

Graduate prospects

93% are employed or in further study six months after graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Facts and figures

The Department of Physics has produced three Nobel Laureates. 
Our programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics which means they satisfy the academic requirements for Chartered Physicist status.

Why this subject?

Create a degree to suit you

Explore and apply fundamental principles that underpin modern physics, from electrodynamics and semiconductors to the startling conclusions of relativity and quantum mechanics. Our flexible programmes allow students to transfer up to the end of Year Two between any of the physics programmes.

Be part of a supportive community working together to do great science

Our open-door approach enables us to offer you a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Prepare for your professional career

All of our BSc and MPhys programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics, and our specialist programmes such as Physics with Nuclear Science and Physics with Medical Applications provide skill sets necessary for these growing sectors.

Be at the forefront of modern physics

There are opportunities to work alongside our internationally renowned academics at projects at the LHC at CERN and in many international and national research centres in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and many European countries.

Learn in our award-winning facilities

Teaching takes place in our £23 million Central Teaching Laboratories, which have transformed the way in which physical sciences are taught at the University.