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BSc Physics with Philosophy

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
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
37 points overall with 7,7,6 - 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects (to include Physics and Maths)

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

For entry in September 2017 there were 310 places/1700 applicants.

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
F3V5
UCAS institution code
M20

Course overview

Physics students in computer lab
Physics students in computer lab
Physics labs
Physics labs
  • Consistently high record of student satisfaction, with an average score of 93% over the ten years of the National Student Survey
  • Ranked within the top 15 physics departments in the world since 2011 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • Lots of choice and flexibility in a broad undergraduate curriculum covering all areas of physics

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2018 will be announced once confirmed by the UK government. As a guide, the 2017 tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2018 entry. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact name
Val Brennan
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4210
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/physics
Academic department overview
See: About Us .

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Entry requirements

A-level

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.

AS-level

We would not normally accept 2 AS Levels in place of an A Level. Please contact the School over any special circumstances.

Subjects welcomed but not normally included as part of the standard offer

General Studies does not form part of our standard offer.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

Minimum Grade C in English Language (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England).

International Baccalaureate

37 points overall with 7,7,6 - 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects (to include Physics and Maths)

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grades A1,A1,A1 (to include Physics and Maths and one other subject) plus 3 other A grades.

Scottish requirements

We would not normally only accept Scottish Highers in lieu of Advanced Highers. Please contact the School over any special circumstances.

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.  Students will be required to have grade A for Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate and studied A Levels in Physics and Mathematics and achieved a Grade A*/A. 

European Baccalaureate

Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications. Applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all such applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Contact the School of Physics and Astronomy for further information.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

We require D*D*D-DDD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

We require D*D*-DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma

We require D*D*-DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

We require D*/D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We require D*D*D-DDD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We require D*D*-DD plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We require D*- D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We require D*/D plus A Level Maths and Physics at grade A*/A.

Access to HE Diploma

Applicants are advised to apply initially to our Science with a Integrated Foundation Year (UCAS Code F008) . This is a one year programme designed to improve your scientific knowledge and understanding to a level where you will be suitable for a science degree in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. You are guaranteed a place provided you meet the entry criteria for your chosen degree.

In studying the Foundation Year you will take courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry (where appropriate) plus Communication Skills and ICT. Finally, you will complete a project that is specific or closely related to your anticipated degree programme.

Advanced Placement tests

The University welcomes applicants with the AP qualification. Such applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Cambridge Pre-U

We consider applicants offering Pre-U Principal Subjects, or a mix of Pre-U and A Level subjects, provided a minimum of three distinct subjects overall is taken (to include Physics and Maths).

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Return-to-learn students are those who have had a substantial period away from any formal learning. Often such learners have pursued careers or raised a family. The University understands that students come from many different backgrounds, with varying qualifications, careers and skills, but they often bring to their studies a high degree of motivation and experience.

The University recognises that standard selection measures and procedures may not enable these learners to demonstrate fully their suitability for their chosen course. Where appropriate, admissions officers will seek and consider alternative evidence in order to give such learners equivalent consideration. Where they deem this alternative evidence meets entry criteria fully the learner will not be required to meet the standard academic entry requirements.

English language

IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each sub-test

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

Our primary selection criteria are based on academic achievements and potential. The personal statement is not normally used to distinguish applicants as long as it is sensibly written and in good English. Applicants to this course can change to any of our Physics-based degree courses at any time up to the start of the academic year. 

Skills, knowledge, abilities, interests

We would be interested in any work experience, although we realise that this is very difficult to find in relevant areas.

Interview requirements

All promising applicants are invited to a visit day which includes an academic interview. The interview is used to provide additional information in borderline cases and to give applicants the opportunity to talk to one of our academic staff on an individual basis.

Returning to education

We welcome applicants who are returning to education and are as flexible as possible when making offers. 

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We are happy to consider applicants from overseas. We have no quota limitations for overseas applicants.

Deferrals

We are happy to consider applicants who wish to defer. We normally also guarantee a place in the current year should the applicant's Gap Year plans change.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

If you have re-sat individual modules to improve your grades, we will consider your application according to the standard selection process. If you are planning to re-sit the final Year 13 examinations, or have already done so, the University will consider your application, but we may require further information in order to make an informed judgment on your application.

Policy for applicants who take their examinations in more than one sitting

We are happy to consider applicants who are taking their examinations in different sittings.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Transfers

We are happy to consider students who want to transfer from other courses within the University. Transfers from other institutions are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Course details

Course description

This course provides a solid grounding in all aspects of physics, both theoretical and experimental. However a substantial amount of laboratory work is replaced by lecture courses and project work in philosophy. Typical course units forming the Philosophy stream include: Moral Philosophy; Theory of Knowledge; Philosophy of Science and Ethics. The works of Spinoza, Wittgenstein and Aristotle might also be studied.

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. Here you can find out more information about the course content of your chosen degree programme: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatehandbook

Special features

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

Coursework and assessment

Course units are normally assessed formally at the end of the semester via examination. Laboratory and computer based course units may employ assignments and other methods of continuous assessment. Philosophy options may include assessment by extended essay.

Course unit details

Please follow the link below to our undergraduate handbook. Here you can find out more information about the course content of your chosen degree programme: http://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduatehandbook

Course content for year 1

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Mandatory
Mathematics 1 PHYS10071 10 Mandatory
Dynamics PHYS10101 10 Mandatory
Quantum Physics and Relativity PHYS10121 10 Mandatory
Year 1 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS10280 10 Mandatory
Vibrations & Waves PHYS10302 10 Mandatory
Electricity & Magnetism PHYS10342 10 Mandatory
Properties of Matter PHYS10352 10 Mandatory
Mathematics 2 PHYS10372 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 2

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Mandatory
Philosophy of Science PHIL20261 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics PHYS20101 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetism PHYS20141 10 Mandatory
Mathematics of Waves and Fields PHYS20171 10 Mandatory
Fundamentals of Solid State Physics PHYS20252 10 Mandatory
Year 2 Lab Work (One Semester) PHYS20280 10 Mandatory
Wave Optics PHYS20312 10 Mandatory
Thermal and Statistical Physics PHYS20352 10 Mandatory
Professional Development PHYS20811 0 Mandatory
The Information Age HSTM20282 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Physics students
Physics students
Graduates in Physics with Philosophy will be well suited to employment in many areas, from academic research to work in industry. The abilities to identify, analyse and solve problems and to present a solution clearly and concisely are valuable skills in the workplace and provide a good intellectual basis for vocational training.

Accrediting organisations

Institute of Physics.

Associated organisations

All undergraduate members of the School are offered free membership of the Institute of Physics