Campus, Full-time and Part-time
P264; Short form: F301
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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.
Foundations of Applied Physics
Motion, Forces, and Force Fields
The Road to Quantum Mechanics
Foundation Mathematics 1
Foundation Mathematics 2
Foundation Mathematics 3
Foundation Mathematics 4
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).
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.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
Physics Undergraduate , MPhys, Full-time and Part-time
Physics Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Astrophysics Undergraduate , MPhys, Full-time and Part-time
Astrophysics Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Physics with Astrophysics Undergraduate , MPhys, Full-time
Physics with Astrophysics Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time
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).
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 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.
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.
The staff who deliver the courses are members of the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute within the School of Physical Sciences and Computing. The vast majority hold PhDs and are active researchers in a number of areas of physics and astrophysics. Many of our staff have a national or international research reputation, as assessed by the UK Research Assessment Exercise.
Read our Staff Q&A’S