BSc/MPhys Physics with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

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Course description

Physics with an Integrated Foundation Year is a one-year programme designed to improve your mathematical and scientific understanding and skills to a level where you will be able to start a degree in the  Department of Physics and Astronomy  in one of the following subject areas:

This one-year course provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to flourish on Manchester's prestigious Physics degree course. In addition to studying modules in physics and mathematics, you'll study academic skills and ICT (information and communications technology). You'll be taught by our expert physics academics, who will help you develop your understanding of fundamental mathematical and physical principles alongside topics including relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. In addition, you will carry out a project in the undergraduate physics labs, all of which will ensure you are ready to seamlessly begin your degree studies upon successful completion of the Foundation year.

Special features

  • Students accepted from a wide range of educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • High levels of academic and pastoral support.
  • Successful completion guarantees a place on first year of your chosen degree in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Teaching by highly experienced University academics, with a proven track record.
  • Integrated Foundation Year students have full access to all University facilities.
  • Teaching and learning

    The programme embraces a variety of approaches to teaching and learning, including lectures, small group tutorials, seminars and project work. Particular strengths are the high level of staff contact and individual learning support, individual pastoral support, project work in natural science-based Departments and associated disciplines within the Faculty.

    Your focus is the Foundation Studies Office, where staff provide day to day support. The dedicated Common Room offers you a place to study, prepare coursework, carry out work using the computers, or simply socialise. There is a strong sense of community within the student body and excellent tutorial support. Physics with an Integrated Foundation Year is delivered on the University campus by University staff.

    With strong links with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the environment for study is essentially the same as for undergraduate study on degree programmes in natural science and associated disciplines. You will find that this assists greatly in easing your move into first year of your chosen degree programme on successful completion of the foundation year.

    Coursework and assessment

    Assessment is based primarily on formal examinations at the end of each semester (in January and June). A smaller proportion of the overall assessment is based on coursework carried out throughout the academic year.

    Course units for foundation year

    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
    Information and Communications Technology FOUN10011 10 Mandatory
    Foundation Year Project FOUN10022 10 Mandatory
    Academic Skills FOUN10031 10 Mandatory
    Matter and Energy Phys 1 FOUN10061 10 Mandatory
    Waves and Particles Phys 3 FOUN10072 10 Mandatory
    Further Physics Phys 4 FOUN10082 10 Mandatory
    World of the Electron Phys 2 FOUN10111 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B1 MATH19801 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0B2 MATH19812 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0F2 MATH19842 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0J2 MATH19852 10 Mandatory
    Mathematics 0N1 MATH19861 10 Mandatory
    Displaying 10 of 12 course units for foundation year

    Scholarships and bursaries

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