Full-time: three years; Part-time: Typically six years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
F300; Short form: BSc/Phys
Preston (Campus code: U)
Are you inspired by the bizarre worlds of relativity and quantum mechanics? Do you have a passion to understand the fundamental principles that govern everything from atoms to galaxies? Then UCLan’s Physics degree courses provide thorough education in the subject, from nanophysics to lasers, and beyond. You will improve your mathematical skills, backed up by practical laboratory experience, and gain an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics, and how they apply to real situations. You will become highly proficient at problem solving and solving challenges by thinking creatively. These, along with the practical skills gained through planning experiments, processing, analysing, and interpreting data, are skills highly sought after by employers.
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry route:
BA (Hons) Physics (Foundation Entry)
280 points at A2, including B in Physics and B in Maths (Use of Maths not accepted). BTEC considered alongside Mathematics and Physics A'level - GCSE English & Maths at C. International Baccalaureate - HL Maths and Physics required
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In each year, six modules must be studied. The first year of all the Physics and Astrophysics programmes is common, with optional modules and projects in Years 2 and 3 determining the degree title.
All the BSc (Hons)/MPhys courses have a common first year with the opportunity to choose your specialisation at the end of that year: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics. You can choose if you want to continue on to the MPhys route at the end of Year 2. If you are planning a career in scientific research, we would strongly recommend the four-year MPhys qualification.
If you are planning a career in scientific research, we would strongly recommend the four-year MPhys qualification. The MPhys individual project provides an introduction to research and lasts a whole semester in the final year. This takes the place of the normal BSc project. The BSc (Hons) course takes three years, with the undergraduate Masters MPhys course which allows students to study to a greater depth than is possible on the Bachelors course, takes four years to complete. You enrol onto the MPhys course in the first instance and decide between BSc (Hons) and MPhys after Year 2, taking into account your achievements and career aspirations. You will study six modules per year, making a total of 18 modules for the BSc (Hons) and 24 modules for the MPhys.
Graduates of Physics, Astronomy, and Astrophysics are amongst the most employable in the world and are in particularly high demand for technical and business sectors, where analytical and mathematical skills are at a premium. Graduates have found employment in industry, government research institutes, overseas laboratories and observatories, financial institutions, teaching and scientific journalism.
Most of our distance-learning Astronomy students have a passionate interest in the subject, and those completing the degree course can go on to further study, teaching, or work in an observatory. Other possible careers include science communication and public outreach.
To read about the course in more depth, please download the programme specification.
All our courses in Physics and Astrophysics are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and completion leads to Associate Membership of the IOP. Graduate IOP members can use the letters AMInstP after their name and work towards Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. Our distance-learning courses in Astronomy are recognised by the IOP, and courses in Astrophysics are also recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and students are welcome to join and become Fellows of the RAS.
You will learn by a variety of methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars, problem classes, laboratory work, observatory experiments, individual project work and group work. Small class sizes ensure individual attention.
Specialist laboratory facilities include nuclear physics, mechanics, optics, quantum physics, laser physics, spectroscopy and astrophysics, and support different aspects of the course.
The Physics Teaching Laboratories have recently benefitted from an investment of over £40,000 for new equipment.
Assessment is by written examinations, assessed problem sheets, logbooks, scientific reports, and seminar presentations.
You will have the opportunity to study abroad, either a whole year of study with an approved international partner university, or a project within a collaborating research group, such as in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, or with NASA in the USA.
Many of our BSc (Hons) graduates go on to further study, such as MSc degrees in a range of topics in physics and engineering. Some choose to train in teaching (PGCE), but most will find work in industry or government laboratories.
Progression onto the BSc (Hons) programmes is possible from the Physics Foundation (Year 0) programme, or by direct entry from a suitable course.
The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by Year 1 students on all degrees, and throughout the Astrophysics degrees, and enables you to make real astronomical observations.