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4 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

From subatomic building blocks of matter to galaxies spanning light-years, everything in our universe is governed by the same fundamental principles. Discover it all with us.

From theories of relativity to quantum mechanics. From nanophysics to lasers. Our MPhys Physics programme covers it all. This is your chance to develop an in-depth knowledge of the laws of physics and how they apply to real-life situations. Our BSc (Hons) Physics students study for three years. After that you can opt to complete a fourth year to gain an MPhys. We strongly recommend the MPhys qualification if you are planning a career in scientific research.

You’ll study a range of modules, covering topics like electromagnetism, mechanics and relativity – building your knowledge, improving your mathematical skills and gaining laboratory experience. It’s also a course that comes with the chance of spending a sandwich year working in industry or studying abroad, adding career-boosting experience to your CV.

Along the way, you’ll become a seasoned problem solver, adept at tackling challenges with creative thinking. It’s this ability, together with the practical skills that come with planning experiments and processing, analysing and interpreting data, that make Physics graduates so sought after – offering a wide range of career possibilities.

Why study with us

  • This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) – you’ll qualify for student membership, and for Membership as a graduate.
  • We have recently invested in our teaching laboratories, providing a cutting-edge learning environment and equipment to develop your skills ready for industry.
  • Physics and Astronomy is ranked 2nd in the North West for research intensity (CUG, 2022). Research intensity is a measure of the amount of staff involved in high-quality research in the university.

Discover our Physics courses

What you’ll do

  • Because the course starts off with the same modules as our Physics with Astrophysics and Astrophysics courses, you can swap courses at the end of your first year.
  • 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.
  • With a range of option modules, you can steer your studies toward your interests – in areas like Hamiltonian Mechanics, Particle Physics, or Solar and Plasma Physics.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

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


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.

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  • 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.

Future careers

Our BSc (Hons) Physics course provides the analytical skills and mathematical knowledge which are in high demand across a range of industries, paving the way for careers in research, technology, finance and more.

Physics graduates are among the most employable in the world – and are in particularly high demand across various technical and business sectors. Today, you’ll find our graduates working for scientific institutes, overseas laboratories, financial institutions, education and scientific journalism.

If you’re aiming for a career in scientific research, our four-year MPhys qualification offers an excellent route – providing a greater depth of study and a greater focus on research. As the first two years are the same as the BSc programme, you can enrol onto the MPhys course at first, then decide which path to take after your second year.

Of course, there are also a range of other postgraduate study options you could pursue, in a range of topics in physics and engineering, while many graduates choose to train in teaching (PGCE).

The course comes with the chance to take a 48-week sandwich placement between your second and third years. You can choose to go abroad for a year, studying with one of our partner institutions or working on a project within a collaborating research group, such as in Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, or with NASA in the USA. Alternatively, you can arrange a placement in industry, gaining the kind of practical skills and experience that offer a competitive advantage in a busy jobs market.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Part-time£1540 per 20 credits
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information

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