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
125 Year One undergraduates in 2018
UK league tables
Ranked 11th for Physics in the Guardian University Guide 2018
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 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.