Physics at UCLan provides a wide variety of engaging learning methods and through classroom teaching, practical and group work, plus final year projects, you will gain the skills required to apply your knowledge to a diverse range of problems.
Full time and Part time
Full-time: BSc(Hons) is three years; MPhys takes four years. Part-time: Typically six years depending on rate of study. Students who demonstrate the ability can choose between the BSc(Hons) or the four year MPhys at the end of Year 2.
School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
No Partner College
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.
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.
• Introduction to Physics
• Introduction to Laboratory Physics (including the “Physics Challenge”)
• Introduction to Astronomy
• Applied Physics and Linear Systems
• Functions, Vectors, and Calculus
• Electromagnetism and Waves
• Measurement, Instrumentation, LabVIEW, and Interfacing
• Thermal and Quantum Physics
• Astrophysics II
• Scientific Computing
• Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics
• Ordinary Differential Equations
• Vector Calculus
• Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
• Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
• Nuclear and Particle Physics
• Condensed Matter (Solid State and Soft Matter)
• Formation, Structure, and Evolution of Stars
• Relativity and Cosmology
• Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics
• Fluid Dynamics
• Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms
• BSc(Hons) Project (compulsory and core to the Honours degree)
Note that if a BSc(Hons) Project is not taken, or not passed, then an “ordinary” BSc degree will be awarded (i.e. a non-honours, or “pass” degree).
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.
The Alston Observatory, which is based 15 kilometres outside Preston, has two large telescopes, the Multiple Aperture Telescope and the Wilfred Hall 15-inch astrographic refractor, in addition to two 12-inch Meade telescopes fitted with CCD cameras and several 8-inch telescopes used by students to make real astronomical observations. It is also the site of the Astronomy Teaching Centre which houses a lecture room, planetarium and other facilities for indoor laboratory exercises. The Alston Observatory is used weekly by all year groups.
Assessment is by written examinations, assessed problem sheets, logbooks, scientific reports, and seminar presentations.
Ian Butchart (Academic Lead)
Brett Patterson (Course Leader)
Derek Ward-Thompson (Director)
• To provide sufficient in-depth subject knowledge to enable students to embark on future employment or further study (eg. MSc) or academic/industrial research.
• To provide experience in a variety of working styles such as group, collaborative and independent working essential for the modern workplace.
• To provide the opportunity to develop skills and techniques used in physics which have wider applications (eg. independent working, scientific problem solving, data analysis, computational techniques, preparation of scientific reports and communication of scientific ideas).
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
UCAS Code: F300
Short Form of Course: BSc/Phys
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Site: U
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United KingdomF300