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F300 BSc Physics (3 years)

Our three-year BSc Physics degree will provide a thorough grounding in the key areas of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism. This course will allow you to push the boundaries of design of materials and technology, from nanotechnology and superconductivity to photonics, while developing problem solving skills highly sought after by employers.

Introducing your degree

A degree in physics is not just about learning facts – physicists are skilled at studying new systems and understanding how to explore them and model their behaviour.

Problem-solving skills are greatly valued by employers and are firmly embedded in our undergraduate teaching.

Programme Overview

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Our distinctive BSc Physics programme will provide you with a rigorous education in modern physics.

You will learn the core tools of relativity, quantum mechanics and electromagnetism, and how these theories can describe the universe precisely, from galaxies to subatomic particles. You will also push the boundaries of design of materials and technology, from nanotechnology and superconductivity to photonics.

You will develop problem-solving skills through problem-solving classes and micro-projects, in which you will design your own experiments.

Key areas of study include: 

  • planetary dynamics
  • relativity
  • light as an electro-magnetic wave
  • quantum mechanics
  • quantum theories of matter and atoms
  • nuclear and particle physics

View the programme specification document for this course

Accreditation

Our BSc Physics is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

To Apply

All undergraduate applications for Physics and Astronomy should be made online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Find out how to apply and get further details about UCAS' website, phone and contact details.

Key Facts

Southampton is ranked in the top 20 universities for Physics and Astronomy in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2016, The Times Good University Guide and The Complete University Guide 2015

We are in the UK top 10 and top 100 in the world for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings 2016)

100 per cent of our Physics and Astronomy research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)

97 per cent of students were satisfied with the quality of their course (NSS 2015)

Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:
QualificationGrade
GCSE

GCSE Mathematics and English at grade C or above

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB, including AA in Mathematics and Physics

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate

If you are taking IB, we require 36 points, 18 at Higher Level including 6 in Mathematics and Physics.

Alternative Qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant.

International applicants:

We welcome applications from international students. Visit our international site for more information about our international student community, support and how to apply.

Mature applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application and an invitation to visit the department.

Modules

Year 1

Year 1, Semester 1

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Year 1, Semester 2

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Year 2

Year 2, Semester 1
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS2003
Quantum Physics
PHYS2022
Physics from Evidence I
PHYS2023
Wave Physics

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Year 2, Semester 2
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS2001
Electromagnetism
PHYS2006
Classical Mechanics
PHYS2024
Quantum Physics of Matter

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Year 3

Year 3, Semester 1
Compulsory Core Modules
PHYS3018
Bachelor of Science Project
Compulsory Modules
PHYS3004
Crystalline Solids
PHYS3008
Atomic Physics

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Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture.   We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching. 

Our degrees are a passport to vocational and non-vocational careers alike, with recent graduates employed in roles ranging from medical physics, scientific journalism, teaching, law and medical research.

Costs

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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