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BSc Physics / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
3 years
Typical A-level offer
A*A*A-A*AA (to include Physics and Maths). We would normally require a pass in the Practical Assessment in the newly reformed science A levels.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer
7,7,6 - 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects (to include Physics and Maths), with a minimum of 32 points overall.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
For entry in September 2016 there were 270 places/1200 applicants.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
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UCAS course code
UCAS institution code

Course description

In Years 1 and 2, the course provides a foundation in classical physics including dynamics, waves, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. At the same time newer concepts are introduced including the unification of space and time, the meaning of wave-particle duality and the relation between entropy and disorder. This introduction is taught through course units in special relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. These modern concepts and the techniques of classical physics lay the foundation for study in Year 3 during which you may choose from a wide range of options designed to develop your expertise in diverse topics including: atomic and molecular structure, solid state electronic devices, electro-magnetic radiation, lasers, stars and cosmology, particle and nuclear physics and the more advanced aspects of theoretical physics.

It is possible to transfer to the 4-year MPhys course at the beginning of your third year.

Please follow the link below to our undergraduate handbook (also known as The Blue Book). Here you can find out more information about the course content of your chosen degree programme:


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2017 will be £9,250, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases. Tuition fees for international students will be £21,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact name
Val Brennan
+44 (0)161 306 9220
+44 (0)161 275 4297
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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