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BSc Physics / Overview

Year of entry: 2021

Degree awarded
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 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 with 7,7,6-7,6,6 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: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches only.

Full entry requirements

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

Course overview

Physics Holograms
Physics Holograms
  • Consistently high record of student satisfaction, averaging 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 for entry in 2021 have not yet been set. For entry in 2020 the tuition fees were £9,250 per annum for home/EU students, and are expected to increase slightly for 2021 entry.

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).


Information on undergraduate scholarships for entry in September 2021 will be updated here shortly.

Contact details

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Contact name
Val Brennan
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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