Physics (Foundation Entry) MPhys

Physics (Foundation Entry) MPhys

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

UCAS Code

P264

Level

Under- graduate

Campus

Preston

Contact UCLan

University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Email: cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk

  • Duration:

    5 Years

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    P264; Short form: F301

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Award Type:

    MPhys

Why study this course?

During your Foundation Entry Year you will study alongside peers from related courses, whilst you gain a broad introduction to the fundamentals of classical and quantum physics, the mathematical ability to express those ideas, and the laboratory experience necessary to perform real physics experiments. A strong understanding of these essentials will allow you to progress on to any of our BSc (Hons)/ MPhys Physics or Astrophysics degrees. You’ll be taught by members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute, a diverse and international community of scientists committed to excellence in teaching and research. This teaching combined with practical experience will prepare you for a variety of careers.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points including A-Level or AS-Level Maths or Physics. 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. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass (BTEC Physical Sciences/BTEC with AS Maths)
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit (BTEC Physical Sciences/BTEC with AS Maths)
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points with 15 Level 3 credits in Maths/Physics
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects including Higher Level or Standard Level Maths/Physics
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths and English. GCSE Maths grade A/7 accepted in place of Maths/Physics study outlined above.

We offer the opportunity to attend a maths diagnostic assessment for applicants who have not demonstrated clear enough evidence of mathematical ability within their application.

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Foundations of Applied Physics
Motion, Forces, and Force Fields
The Road to Quantum Mechanics

Continued

Foundation Mathematics 1
Foundation Mathematics 2
Foundation Mathematics 3
Foundation Mathematics 4

Years 2/3

Compulsory modules

  • Astrophysics 1: Structure of the Universe
  • Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Theory
  • Mechanics
  • Applied Physics and Linear systems
  • Practical physics 1 -  Programming and Experiment
  • Functions, Vectors and Calculus

 

Compulsory modules

  • Electromagnetism and Waves
  • Thermal and Quantum Physics
  • Special Relativity and Solid State Physics
  • Practical Physics 2 - Computing and Experiment
  • Ordinary Differential Equations and Fourier Series

Optional modules

  • Physics Industrial Placement Year
  • Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • Measurement, Instrumentation, LabVIEW, and Interfacing

Years 4/5

Compulsory modules

  • Condensed Matter and Surface Physics
  • Practical Physics 3 - Experiment and Problem Solving

Optional modules

  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Atomic Physics and Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Electodynamics and Plasma and Solar Physics
  • Partial Differential Equations and Integral Transforms

Compulsory modules

  • Project
  • Advanced Laboratory

Optional modules

  • Plasma and Solar Physics 2
  • General Relativity
  • Magnetism
  • Physics for Energy
  • Lasers and Modern Optics

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 (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. 

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 (Hons).  

Handbook

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

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

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

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 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.

Facilities

The University has its own observatory, the Alston Observatory, one of the largest teaching observatories in the UK. It is used weekly by 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.

Opportunities

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.