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Mathematics and Physics (4 Years) [MMath&Phys]

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UCAS course code
FG3C
UCAS institution code
M20
Degree awarded
MMath/Phys
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

Grades A*A*A-A*AA to include Physics and Maths)

Full entry requirements

Typical International Baccalaureate offer

Overall score of 39 - 38 with HL grades of 7,7, 6 - 7,6, 6 (to include Physics and Maths) 

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to study both mathematics and physics in depth. Students attend lectures, tutorials, examples classes and laboratory sessions covering a broad range of topics in mathematics and physics. Teaching is greatly strengthened by the wide variety of research interests pursued by the staff and there are large and lively groups active in both applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Topics of study from applied mathematics may include: hydrodynamics, waves, elasticity and modelling of industrial processes. The research interests of the theoretical physics group cover, amongst others, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics and quark matter and field theory in curved space-time.

It is possible to transfer to the 3-year BSc course at the beginning of your third year.

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Scholarships/sponsorships

Faculty Academic Excellence scholarship.

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Contact details

Academic department
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact name
Val Brennan
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9220
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4297
Email
Website
www.manchester.ac.uk/physics

Academic department overview

See: About Us .

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

A-level

A*A*A - A*AA (to include Physics and Maths)

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

General Studies

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.

Key Skills qualification

The University warmly welcomes applications from students studying the Key Skills qualification. However, as the opportunities to take these modules are not open to all applicants, currently this is not an essential requirement of the University.

International Baccalaureate

Overall score of 39 - 38 with HL grades of 7,7, 6 - 7,6, 6 (to include Physics and Maths) 

Alternative entry requirements

Irish Leaving Certificate

AAAAAA in Irish Leaving Certificate including Physics and Maths.

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grade A in Mathematics plus grades AA

Welsh Baccalaureate

We will typically accept a pass in the Core plus one of the following possibilities:

A (Mathematics) plus A

or A* (Mathematics) plus A

We do not accept General Studies A-level.

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 University for further information.

Other international entry requirements

The University of Manchester has a rich academic heritage and is one of the world¿s leading research-intensive universities. It also has a long history of welcoming international students and seeks to continue this tradition by admitting excellent students from across the world. Details of country specific entry requirements are available from the University website.

BTEC Extended 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.

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.

Advanced/Progression Diploma

 Any Advanced Diploma is acceptable at grade A with the ASL as Mathematics A-level at grade A or A*

Non-standard educational routes

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

Other entry requirements

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.

Academic entry qualification overview

A level Grades A*A*A - A* AA or equivalent (to include Physics and Maths)

English language

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

TOEFL iBT overall score of 80 with the following minimums in sub-tests: Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 17

TOEFL overall score of 550 with TWE OF 5.0

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.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS.

Advice to applicants

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.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on the basis of the information on the UCAS form. Promising candidates are invited for a visit day which includes an academic interview.

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 determine the details of any offer that might be made and to add information in borderline cases.

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 wish to transfer from other courses.

Course description

This course is designed for students who wish to study both mathematics and physics in depth. Students attend lectures, tutorials, examples classes and laboratory sessions covering a broad range of topics in mathematics and physics. Teaching is greatly strengthened by the wide variety of research interests pursued by the staff and there are large and lively groups active in both applied mathematics and theoretical physics. Topics of study from applied mathematics may include: hydrodynamics, waves, elasticity and modelling of industrial processes. The research interests of the theoretical physics group cover, amongst others, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics and quark matter and field theory in curved space-time.

It is possible to transfer to the 3-year BSc course at the beginning of your third year.

Special features

  • It is possible to transfer to the 3-year BSc course at the beginning of your third year.

Teaching and learning

The course is run jointly by the School of Physics and Astronomy and colleagues based in the School of Mathematics. The workload is divided approximately equally between the two subjects. Students have, for physics, weekly small group tutorials (three or four students at most) and attend lecture courses; there is a reduced laboratory workload throughout the course.

Coursework and assessment

Course units are normally assessed formally at the end of the semester via examinations. Laboratory or computer-based course units also employ assignments and other methods of continuous assessment.

Scholarships and bursaries

The University of Manchester has a range of scholarships and bursaries which is one of the most comprehensive and generous of any UK university.  Full details of the various schemes can be found at:

http://www.manchester.ac.uk/undergraduate/funding/

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk

Career opportunities

Career prospects mirror those suited to mathematics graduates and physics graduates. Many go on to do research whilst others choose a career in teaching or science-related jobs in industry or the Civil Service. Some graduates use their mathematics skills to pursue employment in finance, actuarial work, management and accountancy.

Accrediting organisations

Institute of Physics.

Associated organisations

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