This programme is intended for those considering a career as a professional physicist in fundamental research or industrial research and development
It covers a wider range of topics than the Physics BSc and provides more research experience. The Department has an excellent track record of securing PhD studentships and, as a consequence, our graduates have a good opportunity to study higher degrees spanning the whole of physics. The research-led teaching will provide a core of experience that will make you an excellent researcher and also prepare you to excel in many other professions.
Programme in detail
Core physics modules include: Newtonian dynamics; Wave phenomena; The material universe; Working with physics; Practical physics; Maths for physics; Electromagnetism; Condensed matter; Quantum and atomic physics, Nuclear physics and Particle physics.
You will also take mathematics, computing and experimental physics modules in support of these studies. There is an advanced computer modelling project in the third year. There may be opportunities to carry out a major project at an international laboratory such as TRIUMF in Vancouver, CERN in Geneva or the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire during the summer vacation between the third and fourth years for three months. These projects are fully paid and can form the basis of a more substantial final-year project at the cutting-edge of research.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
131 Year One undergraduates in 2017
UK league tables
Ranked 11th for Physics in the Guardian University Guide 2018
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 the transfer of students 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.