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MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics
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MPhys Physics with Theoretical Physics

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MPhys
Duration
4 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 contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
Grades A*AA-AAA (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

38-37 points overall.  7,7,6 - 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects (including Physics and Maths).

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
In September 2017, there were 310 places/1700 applicants.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

Lab work
Lab work
Oscillations
Oscillations
  • 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 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £24,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact name
Val Brennan
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 9220
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 4297
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/physics
School/Faculty overview
See: About Us .

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Entry requirements

A-level

Practical skills are a crucial part of science education and therefore there will be a requirement to pass the practical element of any science A Level taken.

Where applicants are applying for science and related degrees, this is likely to be made explicit in the offers you will receive.

AS-level

AS level results are not considered as part of the standard admissions process at The University of Manchester.

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 information where available.  Like all other information provided by applicants this may be taken into consideration when assessing your application.  Unit grades will not normally form part of an offer conditions.

GCSE

Applicants must demonstrate a broad general education including acceptable levels of Literacy and Numeracy, equivalent to at least Grade C or 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE English Language.

International Baccalaureate

38-37 points overall.  7,7,6 - 7,6,6 in Higher Level subjects (including Physics and Maths).

Scottish requirements

Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations: Three Advanced Highers AAB (to include Physics and Maths) or

Two Advanced Highers in Physics and Maths, Grades AA, plus two additional Highers in other subjects with grades AA.

English Language and Mathematics not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5 grade C / Intermediate 2 grade C / Standard Grade Credit level grade 3).

Welsh Baccalaureate

The University welcomes and recognises the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent to be included within this.

We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

European Baccalaureate

The University of Manchester welcomes applicants with the European Baccalaureate. Acceptable on its own or in combination with other qualifications, applications from students studying for this qualification are welcome and all applicants will be considered on an individual basis. Following interview, we normally require: at least 85% overall with 9 in (Advanced/Higher Level) Physics and Maths

AQA Baccalaureate

The University recognises the benefits of the AQA Baccalaureate and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills.

In making offers, the University will focus on the three A Levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate. Students need to check the standard A Level requirements for their chosen course.

The units of broader study, enrichment activities and the Extended Project are considered to be valuable elements of the AQA Baccalaureate and we would therefore strongly encourage students to draw upon these experiences within their personal statement.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries.  For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme   are required to achieve A*A*A  - A*AA to include Physics and Maths and an EAP score of B.  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve grades of A*A*A - A*AA to include Physics and Maths and an EAP score of B.

Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact us to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements: ug-physics@manchester.ac.uk

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

Given that it is not possible to meet our published offer conditions within an Access course, we would not recommend an Access course as the best way of preparing for our courses. However, we would look very carefully at any applications from exceptional Access students who were on track to gain the AAA equivalent (45 credits at level 3 awarded at distinction). We would treat any such exceptional students on a case-by-case basis, looking very carefully at past academic history and the academic reference; promising candidates would be invited to interview to add supplementary information. A decision would be made about entry holistically on the basis of all information (including details of the course undertaken) and would usually be conditional on the above standard.

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.

Core Maths

The University welcomes and recognises the value of Level 3 core mathematics qualifications (e.g. AQA Certificate in Mathematical Studies). 

Core Mathematics is not a compulsory element of post-16 study and as a result we will not normally include it in the conditions of any offer made to the student. However, if a student chooses to undertake a core mathematics qualification this may be taken into account when we consider their application, particularly for certain non-science courses with a distinct mathematical or statistical element.

We advise students to contact the academic School, who will clarify whether their specific portfolio of qualifications is acceptable for entry on to their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you are a student who has followed a non-standard educational route, e.g. you have been educated at home; your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course for which you are applying. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the specified academic entry requirements of the course. We will also require a reference from somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. If you are a home schooled student and would like further information or advice please contact the academic School for your chosen course who will be able to help you. 

Non-standard educational routes

Mature students are some of our most well-equipped learners, bringing skills and attributes gained from work, family and other life experiences.  Students come from a whole array of backgrounds, study every kind of course, undertake full-time and part-time learning and are motivated by career intentions as well as personal interest.  There is no such thing as a typical mature student at Manchester.  The application process is the same as for other prospective undergraduates.  If you require further clarification about the acceptability of the qualifications you hold please contact the academic School(s) you plan to apply to.  Further information for mature students can be found here ( http://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/mature-students/ )

English language

All applicants to the University (from the UK and Overseas) are required to show evidence of English Language proficiency.  The minimum English Language requirement for this course is either:

  • GCSE English Language minimum Grade C or Grade 4 in newly reformed GCSEs
  • IELTS 6.0 with no subtest lower than 5.5
  • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

The UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires that every student from outside the UK and the EU must show evidence of a minimum level of English Language in order to be granted a UK visa (Tier 4 visa) to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level. This level is often referred to as the 'B2 level'.

Additionally, our individual Schools may ask for specific English Language proficiency levels that are necessary for their academic programmes. In most cases these requirements are likely to be higher than the B2 level. Further information about our English Language policy, including a list of some of the English Language qualifications we accept, can be found  here .

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

Physics with Theoretical Physics is aimed at students interested in the more mathematical and theoretical aspect of physics. The course provides a solid grounding in all aspects of physics, both theoretical and experimental, although a significant amount of practical work is replaced by lecture courses and project work in theoretical physics. In the first two years, you study the topics of advanced mechanics, advanced mathematics and computational physics. In third and fourth year, you study in more depth topics of particular interest to you, for example, quantum theory, electrodynamics and general relativity.

It is possible to transfer to the 3-year BSc 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:  http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=38162

Special features

  • Students have an opportunity to spend a period of time studying abroad in the second or third year.
  • It is possible to transfer to the 3-year BSc course at the beginning of your third year.

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.

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://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=38188

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
Mathematics 1 PHYS10071 10 Mandatory
Dynamics PHYS10101 10 Mandatory
Quantum Physics and Relativity PHYS10121 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology PHYS10191 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
Random Processes in Physics PHYS10471 10 Mandatory
Advanced Dynamics PHYS10672 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Planetary Science EART10272 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Optional
Physics of Energy Sources PHYS10622 10 Optional
Physics of the Solar System PHYS10692 10 Optional
Introduction to Data Science PHYS10792 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 16 course units for year 1

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
Introduction to Quantum Mechanics PHYS20101 10 Mandatory
Electromagnetism PHYS20141 10 Mandatory
Introduction to Programming for Physicists PHYS20161 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
Statistical Mechanics PHYS20352 10 Mandatory
Lagrangian Dynamics PHYS20401 10 Mandatory
Complex Variables and Vector Spaces PHYS20672 10 Mandatory
Professional Development PHYS20811 0 Mandatory
Theory Computing Project PHYS20872 10 Mandatory
Earth Resources EART10262 10 Optional
The Information Age HSTM20282 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Fluid Mechanics MATH20502 10 Optional
Introduction to Financial Mathematics MATH20912 10 Optional
Entrepreneurial Skills MCEL10002 10 Optional
Physics of Energy Sources PHYS10622 10 Optional
Physics of the Solar System PHYS10692 10 Optional
Introduction to Data Science PHYS10792 10 Optional
Introduction to Photonics PHYS20612 10 Optional
Astrophysical Processes PHYS20692 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 23 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
Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS30121 10 Mandatory
Mathematical Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics PHYS30201 10 Mandatory
Yr 3 Physics Laboratory (One block) PHYS30280 10 Mandatory
Electrodynamics (M) PHYS30441 10 Mandatory
Mathematical Methods for Physics PHYS30672 10 Mandatory
2nd Vacation Essay PHYS30811 0 Mandatory
Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHYS40202 10 Mandatory
Quantum Computing COMP39112 10 Optional
Comparative Planetology EART30232 10 Optional
Meteorology & Atmospheric Physics P511 EART30351 10 Optional
Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
The Information Age HSTM20282 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age HSTM31212 10 Optional
Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Analytic Number Theory MATH41022 15 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30012 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Lagrangian Dynamics PHYS20401 10 Optional
Cosmology PHYS30392 10 Optional
Introduction to Non-linear Physics PHYS30471 10 Optional
Nuclear Fusion and Astrophysical Plasmas PHYS30511 10 Optional
Lasers and Photonics PHYS30611 10 Optional
Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS30632 10 Optional
Stars and Stellar Evolution PHYS30692 10 Optional
Physics of Living Processes PHYS30732 10 Optional
Object-Oriented Programming in C++ PHYS30762 10 Optional
Exoplanets PHYS31692 10 Optional
Particle Physics PHYS40222 10 Optional
Nuclear Physics PHYS40322 10 Optional
Applied Nuclear Physics PHYS40422 10 Optional
Semiconductor Quantum Structures PHYS40712 10 Optional
Physics and Reality PHYS41702 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 3

Course content for year 4

Course units for year 4

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
MPhys Project PHYS40181 20 Mandatory
MPhys Project PHYS40182 20 Mandatory
Quantum Computing COMP39112 10 Optional
Comparative Planetology EART30232 10 Optional
Meteorology & Atmospheric Physics P511 EART30351 10 Optional
Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
The Nuclear Age HSTM31212 10 Optional
Climate Change & Society HSTM33201 10 Optional
Reactor Systems MACE31642 10 Optional
Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 10 Optional
Analytic Number Theory MATH41022 15 Optional
Tools and Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30001 10 Optional
Tools & Techniques for Enterprise MCEL30002 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30011 10 Optional
Advanced Technology Enterprise MCEL30012 10 Optional
Interdisciplinary Sustainable Development MCEL30022 10 Optional
Enterprise Strategy and Marketing MCEL30051 10 Optional
Cosmology PHYS30392 10 Optional
Introduction to Non-linear Physics PHYS30471 10 Optional
Nuclear Fusion and Astrophysical Plasmas PHYS30511 10 Optional
Lasers and Photonics PHYS30611 10 Optional
Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS30632 10 Optional
Stars and Stellar Evolution PHYS30692 10 Optional
Physics of Living Processes PHYS30732 10 Optional
Object-Oriented Programming in C++ PHYS30762 10 Optional
Exoplanets PHYS31692 10 Optional
Particle Physics PHYS40222 10 Optional
Nuclear Physics PHYS40322 10 Optional
Frontiers of Solid State Physics PHYS40411 10 Optional
Nuclear Structure and Exotic Nuclei PHYS40421 10 Optional
Applied Nuclear Physics PHYS40422 10 Optional
Superconductors and Superfluids PHYS40451 10 Optional
Quantum Field Theory (M) PHYS40481 10 Optional
Frontiers of Particle Physics I PHYS40521 10 Optional
Advanced Statistical Physics PHYS40571 10 Optional
Radio Astronomy PHYS40591 10 Optional
Frontiers of Photon Science PHYS40611 10 Optional
Nuclear Forces and Reactions PHYS40622 10 Optional
Laser Photomedicine PHYS40631 10 Optional
Atomic Physics PHYS40642 10 Optional
Gauge Theories (M) PHYS40682 10 Optional
Semiconductor Quantum Structures PHYS40712 10 Optional
Frontiers of Particle Physics II PHYS40722 10 Optional
Biomaterials/Biophysics PHYS40732 10 Optional
Soft Matter Physics PHYS40752 10 Optional
Gravitation PHYS40771 10 Optional
Early Universe PHYS40772 10 Optional
Galaxy Formation PHYS40992 10 Optional
Physics and Reality PHYS41702 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 52 course units for year 4

What our students say

The best thing about studying Physics is the variety of teaching styles and course content - it appeals to a wide audience. (Simon Lewis, BSc Physics with Theoretical Physics)

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

Because the course covers a wide range of physics and mathematics topics, graduates are well placed to pursue research in experimental or theoretical physics, teaching or science-related jobs in industry or the Civil Service. Computing related careers are well suited to students with the highly developed mathematical and analytical techniques acquired through this course.

Accrediting organisations

Institute of Physics.

Associated organisations

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