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BSc Mathematics and Physics

Year of entry: 2021

Overview

Degree awarded
BSc
Duration
3 years
Typical A-level offer
A*A*A (to include Physics and Maths). We would normally require a pass in the Practical Assessment in science A levels.
Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
WP+ Grades A*AA (to include Physics and Maths with A* in Physics or Maths). We would normally require a pass in the Practical Assessment in science A levels.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

38-37 points overall with 7,7,6 at Higher Level (to include Physics and Maths)

Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL, provided the required grade is achieved.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
For entry in September 2020 there were 330 places/1800 applicants.
How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

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  • Study both mathematics and physics in depth, covering a broad range of topics across each discipline.
  • Make the most of our expertise in both subjects - we're ranked 1st in England for physics and astronomy (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019), and have more than 1,000 mathematics undergraduates.  
  • Learn in our £43 million Alan Turing Building, which has been purpose-built for mathematics study.
  • Benefit from our excellent links with employers, including an annual maths-specific careers fair and an employer interview programme. 

    Open days

    The University holds undergraduate open days regularly, giving you the opportunity to find out more about our courses, the support we offer, and our facilities. Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying at Manchester is all about. Find out about our upcoming open days .

    View the recent undergraduate virtual open week recorded sessions.

    Fees

    Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2021 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £25,500 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).

    Scholarships/sponsorships

    The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

    For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

    Contact details

    Department
    Department of Physics & Astronomy
    Contact name
    Admissions Office
    Telephone
    +44 (0) 161 543 4021
    Email
    Website
    https://www.physics.manchester.ac.uk/
    School/Faculty overview

    Our internationally-renowned expertise across the School of Natural Sciences informs research led teaching with strong collaboration across disciplines, unlocking new and exciting fields and translating science into reality.  Our multidisciplinary learning and research activities advance the boundaries of science for the wider benefit of society, inspiring students to promote positive change through educating future leaders in the true fundamentals of science. Find out more about Science and Engineering at Manchester .

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    Entry requirements

    A-level

    Grades A*A*A including Physics and Mathematics

    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.

    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/iGCSE English Language and Mathematics. GCSE/iGCSE English Literature will not be accepted in lieu of GCSE/iGCSE English Language.

    International Baccalaureate

    38-37 points overall with 7,7,6 at Higher Level (to include Physics and Maths)

    Changes to International Baccalaureate Diploma Mathematics Courses from September 2019, first examination 2021. We are aware of the planned changes to the IB Mathematics curriculum. IB students will be able to choose from: Mathematics: analysis and approaches and Mathematics: applications and interpretation from September 2019.

    For this programme of study we will accept either Mathematics: analysis and approaches or Mathematics: applications and interpretation at HL, provided the required grade is achieved.

    Other international entry requirements

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

    Scottish requirements

    Scottish Advanced Highers are normally required in one of the following combinations:

    Three Advanced Highers with grades AAB (to include Physics and Maths) or

    Two Advanced Highers in Physics and Maths, Grades AA plus 2 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).

    If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the department of Physics and Astronomy.

    Welsh Baccalaureate

     We welcome and recognise the value of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and usually requires two A Levels or equivalent in Maths and Physics  to be included within this We require minimum grade A from the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma/Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

    If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the department of Physics and Astronomy.

    European Baccalaureate

    The Department of Physics and Astronomy 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, we will focus on the three A levels taken within the AQA Baccalaureate, two of which must be Physics and Maths.

    Foundation year

    We recognise 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 grades A*A*A to include Physics and Maths and a B grade in EAP.     INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students will be invited to attend an interview.

    Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year are required to achieve grades A*A*A to include Physics and Maths and a B grade in EAP.

    Applicants studying other Foundation programmes should contact the academic department to check if their qualification is recognised for entry to this programme and for specific entry requirements.

    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

    OCR 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.

    If you require further clarification about the acceptability of this qualification please contact the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 

    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.

    Core Maths

    The University recognises the value of Level 3 Core Mathematics qualifications. 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 we make. Where a course requires applicants to have at least grade 6/B or higher in GCSE Mathematics we would be likely to consider a pass in Core Mathematics at a minimum grade C or B as an alternative way to fulfil this requirement. Core Mathematics will not be accepted in lieu of an A Level.

    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 Department of Physics and Astronomy.

    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 Department of Physics and Astronomy.

    Further information for mature students can be found here .

    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/iGCSE English Language grade 4/C
    • IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each subtest)
    • An acceptable equivalent qualification.

    Please note that if you hold English as a second language iGCSE qualification, we may also require you to offer one of our acceptable equivalent English Language qualifications or achieve a higher grade in your iGCSE than the one stated above. Please contact the the department of Physics and Astronomy for clarification.

    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 departments 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

    Promising applicants based in the UK and the EU will be invited to attend one of our UCAS visit days, to meet staff and current students, take part in an academic interview and find out what it's like to be a student here.

    Due to the current situation, interviews will be held online.

    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 will consider applicants who wish to defer on a case by case basis. We normally 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

    Our BSc Mathematics and Physics degree provides an opportunity to study two key subjects in depth - at a university with a fantastic reputation for both.

    You will study a broad range of topics across both disciplines. In applied mathematics, for example, you can cover hydrodynamics, waves, elasticity and modelling of industrial processes. For theoretical physics you can study, among others, high energy particle physics, nuclear physics and quark matter, and field theory in curved space-time.

    Our physics department is recognised as one of the very best in the UK, and we have one of the largest mathematics departments in the country - so you can explore a huge range of areas.

    You will have access to an incredible array of facilities - including our £43 million built-for-purpose Alan Turing Building, designed with input from mathematics staff and students alike - and will be taught by teachers with a wide variety of research interests. Our strong links with industry include an annual maths-specific careers fair and an employer interview programme.

    Aims

    • You will study two key disciplines, mathematics and physics, in depth - covering a broad range of topics in both.
    • We will provide access to a fantastic array of facilities, and you will work with leading academics in both mathematics and physics.
    • You will draw on the combined expertise of three centres of University excellence.

    Special features

    A range of study options

    You can extend your degree by a year to undertake an integrated master's: at the beginning of your third year there is the possibility of transferring to the four-year MMath/Phys (Mathematics and Physics) course.

    Excellent facilities

    Learn in the fantastic Alan Turing Building - a modern, £43 million building designed to provide an ideal learning space for mathematics students.

    Teaching and learning

    The course is designed for students who wish to study both mathematics and physics in depth. You will attend lectures, tutorials, example classes and laboratory sessions, covering a broad range of topics in both subjects.

    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

    You can find out more information about the course units included in your chosen degree programme here

    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
    Foundations of Pure Mathematics B MATH10111 15 Mandatory
    Calculus and Vectors A MATH10121 20 Mandatory
    Linear Algebra B MATH10212 15 Mandatory
    Calculus and Applications A (Physics) MATH11222 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

    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
    Real Analysis B MATH20111 10 Mandatory
    Partial Differential Equations and Vector Calculus A MATH20401 20 Mandatory
    2P2: Complex Analysis MATH29142 10 Mandatory
    Introduction to Quantum Mechanics PHYS20101 10 Mandatory
    Electromagnetism PHYS20141 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
    Professional Development PHYS20811 0 Mandatory
    Metric Spaces MATH20122 10 Optional
    Algebraic Structures 1 MATH20201 10 Optional
    Algebraic Structures 2 MATH20212 10 Optional
    Fluid Mechanics MATH20502 10 Optional
    Displaying 10 of 14 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 Programming for Physicists PHYS20161 10 Mandatory
    Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics PHYS30121 10 Mandatory
    Quantum Computing COMP39112 10 Optional
    Comparative Planetology EART30232 10 Optional
    Climate and Energy P607 EART30362 10 Optional
    Information visions: past, present and future HSTM20282 10 Optional
    The Nuclear Age: Global Nuclear Threats from Hiroshima to Today HSTM31212 10 Optional
    Introduction to Logic MATH20302 10 Optional
    Project (Semester 2) MATH30022 10 Optional
    Topology MATH31052 10 Optional
    Group Theory MATH32001 10 Optional
    Commutative Algebra MATH32011 10 Optional
    Hyperbolic Geometry MATH32051 10 Optional
    Algebraic Geometry MATH32062 10 Optional
    Number Theory MATH32072 10 Optional
    Applied Complex Analysis MATH34001 10 Optional
    Green's Functions, Integral Equations and Applications MATH34032 10 Optional
    Viscous Fluid Flow MATH35001 10 Optional
    Wave Motion MATH35012 10 Optional
    Elasticity MATH35021 10 Optional
    Mathematical Biology MATH35032 10 Optional
    Symmetry in Geometry and Nature MATH35082 10 Optional
    Convex Optimization MATH36061 10 Optional
    Mathematical Modelling in Finance MATH39032 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
    Condensed Matter Physics PHYS30051 10 Optional
    Applications of Quantum Physics PHYS30101 10 Optional
    Mathematical Fundamentals of Quantum Mechanics PHYS30201 10 Optional
    Yr 3 Physics Laboratory (One block) PHYS30280 10 Optional
    Cosmology PHYS30392 10 Optional
    Electrodynamics (M) PHYS30441 10 Optional
    Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS30632 10 Optional
    Physics of Fluids PHYS30652 10 Optional
    Mathematical Methods for Physics PHYS30672 10 Optional
    Stars and Stellar Evolution PHYS30692 10 Optional
    Physics of Living Processes PHYS30732 10 Optional
    Object-Oriented Programming in C++ PHYS30762 10 Optional
    BSc dissertation PHYS30880 10 Optional
    Exoplanets PHYS31692 10 Optional
    Advanced Quantum Mechanics PHYS40202 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 48 course units for year 3

    Scholarships and bursaries

    The University of Manchester is committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. We have a focus on nurturing talent and ability and we want to make sure that you have the opportunity to study here, regardless of your financial circumstances.

    For information about scholarships and bursaries please visit our undergraduate student finance pages and our Department funding pages .

    What our students say

    Find out what it's like to study at Manchester by visiting the Department of Physics and Astronomy blog .

    Facilities

    Turing building
    Turing Concourse

    You will benefit from an excellent range of facilities available across both physics and mathematics - including the £43 million Alan Turing Building, which has been purpose-built with input from mathematics staff and students to provide an optimal learning environment.

    The University of Manchester also offers extensive library and online services , helping you get the most out of your studies.

    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

    Career prospects for our BSc Mathematics and Physics students mirror those suited to mathematics graduates and physics graduates. You may, for example, go on to do research, or you might choose a career in teaching, science-related jobs in industry, or with the Civil Service. 

    Alternatively, you might use your mathematics skills to pursue employment in finance, actuarial work, management or accountancy. A BSc in Mathematics and Physics will open up a world of opportunity.

    What's more, graduate with a degree from us and you'll be in demand among the top graduate employers (most targeted university in The Graduate Market in 2020 - High Fliers Research ).

    Accrediting organisations

    Institute of Physics.

    Associated organisations

    All undergraduate members of the department are offered free membership of the Institute of Physics.