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Physics BSc (Hons)

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. 

 

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 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry). 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 (Year 3 if you started in the Foundation Entry) , 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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years; Part-time: Typically six years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    F300

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

  • View 2017/18 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 120 UCAS Points including B in Physics and Maths.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC: Considered with Maths and Physics A2.
Pass Access Course: 122 UCAS points including 15 Level 3 credits at Distinction in Maths and Physics.
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 120 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including HL5 Maths and Physics.
IELTS: 6.0
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”)
  • Introduction to Astronomy
  • Introduction to Mechanics
  • Applied Physics and Linear Systems
  • Functions, Vectors, and Calculus

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Scientific Computing

Optional modules

  • Vector Calculus
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Measurement, Instrumentation, LabVIEW, and Interfacing

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics
  • Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Project

Optional modules

  • Relativity and Cosmology
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Condensed Matter (Solid State and Soft Matter)
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

Late Applications

We're Accredited

All of our on-campus courses in Physics and Astrophysics are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and completion leads towards Chartered Physicist (CPhys) status. Graduate IOP members can use the letters MInstP after their name.  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 (FRAS).

Learning Environment

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.

Amazing Opportunities

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.

Fantastic Facilities

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.

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.