Typical A-level offer
BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
The career enhancing Physics degree, at Aberystwyth University, is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and designed for you fulfill your potential in a supportive learning environment.
Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, but one which makes significant contributions to modern society, with theoretical breakthroughs feeding into new sciences and fostering modern technologies.
The concepts of Physics form the basis of most scientific language and the subject finds its way into most modern science and technology, enhancing the scope for your future employment prospects.
Department of Physics: 90% student satisfaction for subject of Physics and Astronomy (NSS 2018)
93% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, in line with the figure for Physical Science graduates nationally, also 93% (HESA 2018*)
Why study Physics at Aberystwyth?
- On completion of this degree you will leave with accreditation by the IOP (Institute of Physics)
- Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since its foundation and it continues to be an innovative learning experience for all
- You will be taught by experts in their field
- Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene).
Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Algebra and Differential Equations *
- Classical Dynamics *
- Classical Physics *
- Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (20 Credits) *
- Forces and Energy *
- Further Algebra and Calculus
- Modern Physics
- Physics Career Planning and Skills Development *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Our graduates have discovered career paths in:
- Medical Physicist
- Radiation Protection Practitioner
- Research Scientist
Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:
- Systems Developer
- Product Development
- Technical Author
Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills to our students:
• Research and data analysis skills
• Enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• Effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• Ability to work independently
• Time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• Ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• Self-motivation and self-reliance
• Team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying?
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Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the three year degree scheme.
In the first year you will discover:
- Classical and modern physics
- Computational and experimental physics
- Basic principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields
- Energy Sources and their environmental impacts
In the second year you will explore:
- Thermal physics
- Quantum mechanics
- Experimental analogue electronics
- Data handling and statistics
- Instrumentation systems
In your final year you will investigate:
- Semiconductor physics
- Condensed Matter
- Atoms and Molecules
- Numerical Methods
How will I be taught?
We teach our students through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.
We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations.
You will be assigned a personal tutor throughout your degree course, who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or personal issues. You should feel free to contact them at any time for help and advice.
You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.
Everyday Physics enhances your understanding of the universe and everything we experience. Passionate scientists inform you of their contributions to science at the forefront of physics. Your time is split between gaining hands-on laboratory experience using exciting equipment including lasers, oscilloscopes and spectrometers, and lectures that will inspire and interest you. Each module challenges your intelligence and allows you to gain knowledge that most people benefit from but do not know exists. Students achieve excellence, and stretch their minds. It requires time and effort, but the skills and understanding you gain are second to none. Sarah Chandler
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subject and B in A level Mathematics
28 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level
Pass overall with 60% in Physics and 60% in Mathematics
The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact email@example.com