BEng

Engineering Physics

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Key Facts

Code 179H
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    3 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Engineering Physics, at Aberystwyth University, applies physical principles and techniques to engineering and technology. The degree combines the knowledge, training and skills of a discipline in Physics to the production of engineering solutions in real-world situations.

The degree is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics) and even though one of the oldest academic disciplines, it makes significant contributions to modern society, with theoretical breakthroughs that feed into new sciences and foster modern technologies.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

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*)

Overview

Why study BEng Engineering Physics at Aberystwyth?

  • Focus on a strong practical and IT component
  • Gain specialised knowledge in topics such as: micro and nano-electronics, applied photonics, materials design and production, quantum technology, robotics, solar energy and space instrumentation
  • Prepare for a career as an engineer or scientist in areas such as industrial Research and Development, product development and work in national research laboratories
  • Our Researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene).
  • The Department offers a number of modules through the medium of Welsh. Further details are available from the Department.
  • Students who are interested in undertaking a Master's qualification will be interested in our sister course MEng Engineering Physics. 
Our Staff

Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.

Modules

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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra and Differential Equations * PH16210 10
Calculus MP10610 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10
Classical Physics * PH11010 10
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
Forces and Energy * PH11120 20
Further Algebra and Calculus MP11010 10
Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (20 Credits) * PH15720 20
Modern Physics PH14310 10
Physics Career Planning and Skills Development * PH12910 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Electricity and Magnetism PH22510 10
Experimental Physics * PH25520 20
Numerical Techniques for Physicists PH26620 20
Optics PH22010 10
Principles of Quantum Mechanics PH23010 10
Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation PH24520 20
Thermodynamics * PH21510 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Concepts in Condensed Matter Physics * PH32410 10
Engineering Control Theory PH33310 10
Numerical Methods PH36010 10
Probing Atoms and Molecules * PH32710 10
Professional Issues in the Computing Industry CS38220 20
Semiconductor Technology PH33610 10
Systems Engineering Concepts CS33210 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Machine Learning CS36110 10
Modern Optics and Photonics PH34510 10
Space Robotics CS36510 10
Structure Determination of Condensed Matter PH33510 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

What can I do with a degree in Engineering Physics?

This course is designed to allow students to progress and pursue a career in Engineering, Research and development.

But other graduates from the Physics department have discovered other pathways:

  • Medical Physicist
  • Radiation Protection Practitioner
  • Research Scientist
  • Systems Developer
  • Product Development
  • Technical Author
  • Meteorologists

Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instill 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? 

If you are interested in undertaking a work placement, then our sister course BEng Engineering Physics with integrated year in industry will be for you. This course is identical to its sister course, however you will have an additional year to undertake this placement.

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 your first year you may explore:

  • Calculus
  • Classical Dynamics
  • Classical Physics
  • Introduction to Computational and Experimental Physics
  • Algebra and Differential Equations 
  • Communication Technology
  • Forces and Energy
  • Modern Physics 
  • Introduction to Computational and Experimental Physics

In your second year you may discover:

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Data Handling and Statistics
  • Instrumentation, Electronics and Sensors
  • Opitcs
  • Electricity and Magnetism 
  • Experimental Physics 
  • Quantum Mechanics

In your third year you may research:

  • Concepts in condensed matter physics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Systems Engineering 
  • Engineering Control Theory 
  • Semiconductor Technology
  • An individual project
  • Probing Atoms and Molecules
  • Professional issues industry
  • Modern Optics and Photonics
  • Condensed Matter Structure Determination 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Space Robotics

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.

Further information:

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.

Students wishing to study through the medium welsh may do so with our welsh medium modules. 

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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

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
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 ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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