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  • Duration:

    Full-time: four years; Part-time: Typically six years depending on rate of study.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F303; Short form: MPhys/Phys

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

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Why study this course?

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 MPhys Physics degree course provides a comprehensive 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.   

Entry Requirements 2016/17

320 points at A2 including Physics and Maths at A/B
BTEC considered with Physics & Maths A2. Use of Maths not accepted
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 31P
IELTS at 6 with no score lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

128 points at A2 including B in Physics & Maths (excluding General Studies).
BTEC considered with Maths & Physics A2.
Pass Access To HE with 128 UCAS points.
International Baccalaureate 30P.
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5.
GCSE 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.  

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

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

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

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Electrodynamics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Laboratory Physics and Astrophysics

Optional modules

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

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Project
  • Advanced Laboratory

Optional modules

  • Magnetism
  • Lasers and Modern Optics
  • Renewable Energy Technology

Further Information

The first year of the Physics and Astrophysics degrees are common, and students may move between them up to the end of the first year: Physics, Applied Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, or Astrophysics. BSc(Hons) students study for three years; students demonstrating the ability can complete a fourth year to gain an MPhys. 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. 

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 (Hons).  

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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 for nuclear physics, optics, spectroscopy and electron microscopy support different aspects of the course. A significant fraction of study takes place in these laboratories, ensuring that you gain practical skills to complement their theoretical understanding of the subject.


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.

The course is assessed by a combination of written examinations, assignments, laboratory logbooks and reports, project report and presentations.


Alston Telescope

We have recently invested over £200, 000 to install a new large telescope at Alston Observatory.

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.

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.