MPhys

Physics

Key Facts

Code F303
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBB with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Kick start your career prospects with our MPhys course. The career enhanced Physics degree at Aberystwyth University is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics). 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: 95% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates who graduated from the Department of Physics in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Employability
  • Teaching & Learning
  • Student Views

Overview

Why study Physics at Aberystwyth?

  • On completion of this degree you will leave with a degree and MPhys qualification
  • Enhance your employability with a Masters qualification and the opportunity to study or work for a year
  • This course is accredited 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)
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.

Employability

What can I do with a physics degree?

 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
  • Meteorologist

 

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
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the 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? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer. 

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 four  year degree scheme.

In your first year, you will explore;

  • Classic and modern physics (algebra and calculus)
  • Computational and experimental physics
  • Quantum theory
  • Dynamics
  • The principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields

 In your second and third year you will discover;

  • Thermal physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Experimental analogue electronics
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Instrumentation systems
  • Semiconductor physics
  • Optronics
  • Condensed matter

 In your final year you will study;

  •  Electromagnetic theory
  • Quantum technology
  • Advanced numerical methods
  • And undertake a dissertation and an extended project

You will also get to take part in an intensive residential course, which includes sessions on planning a project, communication, and self-management skills and structured group work on presenting and assessing projects. 

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.

Student Views

Physics F303 is a fantastic course filled with exciting topics ranging from optics to quantum mechanics with a heavy focus on experimental physics for the first 2 years. Generally the course attracts very friendly people who are easy to get on with and share common interests with you. By studying F303 you end up with a deeper insight into the world of physics, and it makes it much easier to carry on research at a PhD level. Scott Bush

Entry Requirements

A Levels BBB with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh, Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject and B in A level Mathematics

International Students

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

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