Physics research is helping us to live longer, healthier lives. It is helping us to develop new cures for disease and new ways to quickly diagnose health problems. For example, particle beams and detectors used in physics research have led to the development of proton cancer therapies and new diagnostic imaging technologies.
Combining the study of physics and selected topics in medical applications, this programme provides skills such as numeracy, problem solving, reasoning and communication that are attractive to the general employer, and it is an excellent preparation for a career in medical physics.
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 a project on a medical physics topic in Year Three with involvement from the local hospitals and medical research centres. Staff from these institutions will also be involved with teaching.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
86 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
Ranked 19th for Physics in the Guardian University Guide 2018
93% of our students are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16)
National Student Survey
98% of the students found their programme “intellectually stimulating” (NSS 2016)
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
In each of the programmes you will explore and apply fundamental principles that underpin modern physics. From electrodynamics and semiconductors to the startling conclusions of relativity and quantum mechanics. You can tailor your course to reflect your ambitions, with degree options ranging from Astrophysics to Nuclear Science, including four-year MPhys or three-year BSc courses. We realise that you may still be deciding which aspects of physics are of the most interest to you. Our programmes are designed to be flexible and allow the transfer of students up to the end of Year Two between any of the physics programmes. All of our degrees are informed by the research we do and taught by world experts in their fields.
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. Both the Physics with Nuclear Science and Physics with Radiation Protection courses are designed to provide skill sets necessary for the growing industrial and environmental careers related to nuclear science. The Physics with Medical Applications course is designed for those looking to work within the health care area. The skills developed in all physics courses can be applied in many careers and you will have many options after graduating.
Be at the forefront of modern physics
Our internationally renowned academics carry out, and often lead, research on three continents using state-of- the-art instruments developed and built in the Department. Working alongside them there are opportunities to carry out projects at the LHC at CERN and in many international and national research centres in the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea and many European countries.