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Our range of stimulating and cutting-edge Physics and Astronomy degree programmes will raise you to the frontier of modern physics and ensure you are a step ahead in the global jobs market.

We offer both Single and Combined Honours degree programmes; the former is a state of the art introduction to modern physics whilst the latter is aimed at students wishing to become professional physicists, either by moving onto a PhD or in Industry. In practice there is considerable flexibility to change from single honours to combined honours and vice versa, especially in the first year of your degree.

Single Honours Degrees

All the degree programmes that we offer are based on a core of essential fundamental physics courses supplemented by a range of optional courses (making up 25% of the course). The optional courses can be chosen to cover a broad range of topics such as 'Physics of the Solar System', 'Medical Physics', and 'Energy and the Environment'. Alternatively, options can be chosen to develop a coherent pattern of study in areas in which we have particular strengths either within the School or elsewhere in the University. These include Astronomy, Space Science, Photonics, NanoScience, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics, Computer Science, and Oceanography.

Combined Honours Degrees

For those wishing to specialise in particular areas of study we offer Combined Honours degrees.

Flagship Honours Degrees

We offer a range of flagship degree programmes aimed at our top first-class students. In your final year you pursue a full-time research project in an academic research group here or abroad, or in a local industrial partner. Places are limited and you can compete for a a position at the end of your second year.

Foundation Year Study

If you are interested in joining our Physics courses but do not have A-levels in Maths and Physics we have a 4 or 5 year Foundation Year. The first year consists of introductory courses that will prepare you for entry onto our BSc or MPhys programmes.

BSc or MPhys?

There is really no need to decide between the 3 year (BSc) and 4 year (MPhys) when you first enrol. Unless you are certain from the outset that you wish to study for a 3 year (BSc) degree, we will normally recommend that you enrol initially for the 4-year MPhys which is our `top of the range' offering. If you subsequently wish to transfer to a 3-year BSc degree, at any time up to the end of the second year, this is very straightforward as both degree courses are the same up to this point. The reverse process involving a transfer from a 3-year to a 4-year degree can also be done, but only during the first year.

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