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
In addition to core physics modules 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.
Work placement/Year in industry
This programme is available with a Year in Industry. Year Three is spent on a paid placement within an organisation in industry, broadly defined. You will be supported by the Department of Physics throughout your placement, and you will be expected to complete a reflexive written account of your experience. If you wish to study this programme with a Year in Industry please put the option code YI in the Further Choices section of your UCAS application form.
Students can also opt-in to the corresponding Year in Industry programme during their first two years of study. 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 once at the University. 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 in Y4.
This degree programme now has a Year Abroad option (Physics with Medical Applications with a Year Abroad BSc, UCAS code: F353). The Year Abroad is an incredible new opportunity to spend one academic year at one our partner universities expanding your academic and cultural horizons. You’ll spend this time abroad in between your second and third years of study and your degree will extend by one year.
During the Year Abroad you’ll take a variety of modules. Some modules will be related to the culture, history and society of the country you’re living and others will be discipline-related modules. This mixture means you have a fantastic opportunity to learn in-depth about your host country as well as learn new and exciting knowledge that will complement your degree studies back in Liverpool. Research from Universities UK tells us that students who spend time studying abroad during their degree programme are more likely to be in further education or employment 6 months after graduating, earn higher than average salaries and are more likely to graduate with a 2:1 or First Class degree.
Take a look at the Study Abroad webpages for more information.
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
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.