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BSc (Hons)


3 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

The laws of physics govern everything in our universe. From subatomic building blocks of matter to galaxies spanning light-years. Discover it all on our BSc Physics degree.

Why study with us

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    in the UK for academic support
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  • 6th
    in the UK for overall positivity
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  • 2nd
    in the North West for student satisfaction
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  • You’ll explore concepts spanning basic theory to discoveries at the forefront of the field, giving you the knowledge, skills and confidence to be a part of future advances and innovations.
  • We have recently invested in our teaching laboratories. Providing a cutting-edge learning environment using equipment to develop your skills ready for industry.
  • Our courses are delivered through engaging lectures, problem-solving tutorials and hands-on laboratory sessions. And our small class sizes means you'll receive lots of support right from the start.
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Physics BSc students investigating the wave-like nature of particles
Physics BSc students investigating the wave-like nature of particles

About our Physics degree

  • This course begins with the same modules as our Physics with Astrophysics and Astrophysics courses. This means you can switch courses at the end of your first year.
  • If you progress well on our BSc Physics course, you can step up to our MPhys route at the end of your second year.
  • With a range of optional BSc physics modules, you can steer your studies toward your interests. In areas like Hamiltonian Mechanics or Solar Physics.

Module overview

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Year 1

Compulsory modules
  • AA1004: Astrophysics I
  • AP1043: Electromagnetic Radiation and Quantum Theory
  • AP1802: Fundamentals of Physics
  • AP1861: Applied and Computational Physics
  • MA1831: Functions, Vectors and Calculus

AA1004: Astrophysics I

This module is an introduction to observational and theoretical astronomy. It will introduce you to the essential concepts, observational techniques, and physical foundations of modern astrophysics.

Course delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


Please note the delivery information for this course is accurate for the academic year 2023/24. The information displayed in this section may not yet accurately reflect how the course will be delivered in 2024/25 but this information will be updated by October 2023.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Visit us this autumn

Discover our facilities, explore campus and talk to academic staff and students about the courses you want to study at one of our autumn Open Days.

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Reaching for the sky

The sky was no limit for our final year students as they sent a high altitude balloon 100,000 ft above the surface of the Earth.

High altitude balloons can be used for many research purposes. With temperatures of up to minus 60 degrees and a very thin atmosphere, this environment offers a platform to test instruments and materials before making the more expensive journey into space itself.

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Physics course facilities


  • This course is accredited by the IOP, the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. On completion of this course graduates can progress towards Chartered Physicist (Phys) status.

What can I do with a Physics degree?

A Physics BSc degree can pave the way for careers in research, technology, finance and more. You'll gain the analytical skills and mathematical knowledge that are in high demand across a range of industries. 

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It was wonderful to have the opportunity to travel to America. During my visit to NASA Goddard I interviewed astronaut Piers Sellers and Nobel physics laureate John Mather.
New UCLan graduate Jasmin Evans
Jasmin Evans
BSc (Hons) Physics graduate
United Kingdom
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Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,385 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14,900 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1,540 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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