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Bachelor's Degree in Physics

University of Southampton
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Southampton
English
September 2021
Application deadline: 30 June 2021

Program description

Bachelor's Degree in Physics

On this BSc Physics degree you'll study time and space as you explore the physical theories that help us understand our universe. You'll also gain advanced analytical, mathematical and computing skills, valued by recruiters in a wide range of professions.

You’ll immerse yourself in fascinating topics such as quantum mechanics, special relativity and the evolution of galaxies.

You'll develop the skills to become a physicist as you choose from a range of optional modules in every year of study. You'll carry out real research projects. Recent examples have involved making high-temperature superconductors, building a laser and determining the mass of cluster galaxies.

General Relativity is another popular study option - we are one of only a few UK universities to offer this as part of an undergraduate physics degree.

You can also choose a minor subject in an unrelated field alongside your main degree.

The first 2 years of this program are the same as the physics master's, which means you can switch to the 4-year MPhys degree.

Physics offers an academic scholarship scheme worth up to £20,000, plus an unconditional offer based on a competitive exam taken at applicant visit days.

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Admission requirements

A-levels

  • AAB-ABB including grades AA-AB in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical

or

  • ABBC including grades AB in mathematics/further mathematics and physics, with a pass in the physics Practical

International Baccalaureate Diploma

Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 6 points at Higher Level in Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation) and 6 points at Higher Level in Physics

BTEC

  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grade A in A-level mathematics/further mathematics and grade A in A-level physics, with a pass in the physics Practical

to

  • D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus grades AB in A-level mathematics/further mathematics and A-level physics, with a pass in the physics Practical.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • We do not accept the BTEC Diploma
  • Applicants with a BTEC Extended Diploma or the BTEC Diploma should apply for the Engineering/Physics/Mathematics/Geophysics Foundation Year

Other requirements

GCSE requirements

Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)

International Students

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Energy and Matter
  • Mathematical Methods For Physical Scientists 1b
  • Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists 1a
  • Motion and Relativity
  • Physics Skills - Programming and Data Analysis
  • Physics Skills 1
  • Physics Skills 2
  • Waves, Light and Quanta

You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:

  • Introduction to Astronomy and Space Science
  • Introduction to Photonics
  • Linear Algebra for Physics

Year 2

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Physics from Evidence I
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Wave Physics

You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:

  • Galaxies
  • Introduction to Energy in The Environment
  • Introduction to the Nanoworld
  • Medical Physics
  • Practical Photonics

Year 3

  • Atomic Physics
  • BSc Final Year Synoptic Examination
  • Bachelor of Science Project
  • Crystalline Solids
  • Nuclei and Particles

You must also choose from the following modules in year 3:

  • Advanced Quantum Physics
  • Applied Nuclear Physics
  • Coherent Light, Coherent Matter
  • Computer Techniques in Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Galaxies
  • Introduction to Energy in The Environment
  • Lasers
  • Light and Matter
  • Medical Physics
  • Nanoscience: technology and advanced materials
  • Particle Physics
  • Photons in Astrophysics
  • Physics of the Early Universe
  • Practical Photonics
  • Space Plasma Physics
  • Stellar Evolution
  • Theories of Matter, Space and Time

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • UK, Channel Island, Isle of Man and Irish students: £9,250 per year.
  • EU and International students: £22,760 per year.

Qualification

  • Final award: Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons))
  • Name of Award: Physics
  • Interim Exit awards:
    • Certificate of Health Studies (CertHE)
    • Diploma of Health Studies (DipHE)
  • FHEQ level of final award: Level 6

You’ll be able to demonstrate transferable skills such as

  • computation and coding
  • statistical analysis
  • communication skills
  • project management skills.

Career opportunities

Whether you are interested in a physics-related career or want to work in another field, this degree will give you the skills to work in many different sectors.

Alongside your scientific training you’ll develop transferable skills such as computation and coding, complex problem-solving, statistical analysis, and presentation and project management.

Southampton physics graduates have secured roles including:

  • astrophysicist
  • air traffic controller
  • satellite engineer
  • weather forecaster
  • government science policy officer
  • medical physicist
  • web developer

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University of Southampton

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SO17 1BJ Southampton
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