BSc Physics with Business and Management

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

The Physics with Business & Management Degree is an interdisciplinary programme combining the expertise of two leading departments renowned for their teaching and research. The Physics with Business & Management Degree will introduce you to the broad spectrum of what is arguably the most important of the natural sciences, alongside essential theories and concepts from the world of business and enterprise. In studying for the Physics with Business & Management Degree you will gain a range of transferable skills that are highly sought after by employers.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of Business (NSS 2016)

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)

School of Management and Business: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the School of Management and Business who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

The Physics with Business & Management degree is a major/minor scheme, meaning that you will spend two-thirds of your time studying Physics in the Department of Mathematics and Physics and one-third studying Business & Management in the School of Management and Business. 

Why study Physics with Business & Management at Aberystwyth?

Physics has been taught at Aberystwyth since the foundation of the university in 1872, making the university the first in Wales to teach the subject. Our Physics courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP), a leading scientific society which engages with policymakers and the general public to advance physics education, research and application, giving you a head start when you enter the competitive jobs market.

Our Physics lecturers are also researchers working at the cutting edge of their respective fields, so you can be confident that your learning experience will be informed by the latest specialist knowledge along with advanced instrumentation, modelling and techniques. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment the university was placed in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

The School of Management and Business has an excellent reputation for the quality of its courses and for the success of its graduates across a wide variety of careers and contexts. Our lecturers are actively engaged in academic and policy-oriented research and consulting. Many have a business, as well as an academic, background allowing us to inform you of the latest developments in your subject and pass on a practical awareness of the contemporary business environment. Our programmes are supported by visiting speakers who also bring their professional experience to the classroom.

Research underpins teaching in the School of Management and Business. Our academic staff publish their work in leading academic journals and regularly act as consultants to a range of organizations. We have significant strengths in areas such as entrepreneurship, human resource management, international business and operations and supply chain management.

Our Staff

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

Students at the Aberystwyth University School of Management and Business are taught by lecturers and other teaching staff who are active researchers and expert practitioners in their chosen subject area.

Over 75% of full time members of teaching staff are qualified to PhD level. Most are currently research active, meaning that students benefit from being taught ‘new’ knowledge in their chosen field of study as well as recognized literature. The School also employs part-time and full time staff devoted purely to teaching. Many part-time staff combine teaching duties with consultancy and business activities, ensuring that students have access not only to up to date research but the latest applied knowledge.

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

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.

Year 1 Core (80 Credits) Students must take the following Physics modules. You may choose a Welsh medium (FG or MT) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (PH, MA, MP) module:

Semester 1

Calculus MA10610

Classical Dynamics MP14010

Classical Physics PH11010

Algebra And Differential Equations PH16210

Semester 2

Forces Of Nature PH11120

Modern Physics PH14310

Laboratory Physics PH15510

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language. You must pass a minimum of 100 credits overall to proceed to Part 2

Semester 1

Introduction To Management MM11000

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10500

Semester 2

Introduction To Management MM11020

Cyflwyniad I Rheolaeth MR10520

Year 1 Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Environment MM11200

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10600

Semester 2

Business Environment MM11220

Cyflwyniad I'r Amgylchedd Busnes MR10620

Year 1 Options Welsh medium alternative modules:

Semester 1

Ffiseg Glasurol FG11010

Algebra A Hafaliadau Differol FG16210

Calcwlws MT10610

Dynameg Glasurol MT14010

Semester 2

Grymoedd Natur FG11120

Ffiseg Labordy FG15510

Year 2 Core (80 Credits) Students take the following core Physics modules. You may choose a Welsh medium (FG) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (MP) module:

Semester 1

Mathematical Physics MP26020

Thermal Physics PH21510

Data Handling And Statistics PH24010

Semester 2

Optics PH22010

Electricity And Magnetism PH22510

Quantum Mechanics 1 PH23720

Year 2 Core (40 Credits) You must pass a minimum of 100 credits to proceed to year 3

Semester 1

Firms, Markets And Pricing MM33220

Semester 2

Organisational Behaviour MM33120

Year 2 Options Welsh medium alternative modules:

Semester 1

Ffiseg Mathemategol FG26020

Final Year Core (60 Credits) Students take the following core Physics modules: You may choose a Welsh medium (FG) alternative module (see below) instead of an English (PH) module:

Semester 1

Concepts In Condensed Matter Physics PH32410

Experimental Physics (10 Credits) PH35410

Numerical Methods PH36010

Semester 2

Probing Atoms And Molecules PH32710

Project (20 Credits) PH35620

Final Year Core (20 Credits) You must take

Semester 2

Business Leadership And Corporate Responsibility MM34220

Final Year Options This CORE MODULE is offered bilingually: choose your preferred language

Semester 1

Business Strategy MM34020

Strategaeth Busnes MR34020

Final Year Options Students take a further two Physics Level-3 10-credit modules subject to pre-requisites, timetable and approval by Degree Scheme Coordinator

Final Year Options Welsh medium alternative modules

Semester 1

Ffiseg Arbrofol (10 Credyd) FG35410

Semester 2

Prosiect (20 Credyd) FG35620

Employability

Career prospects

A degree in Physics with Business & Management will prepare you for such career destinations as medical physicist, scientific laboratory technician, radiation protection practitioner, and research scientist. Other career paths may include systems developer, product development scientist, technical author, or meteorologist. Your Business & Management minor will create further opportunities for you to enter industries which require functional managers with a clear understanding of systems, efficiency and operational issues. Openings for management and analysis roles will exist with employers in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in Physics with Business & Management will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• research and data analysis skills
• enhanced mathematical and computational skills
• effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills
• a thorough grounding in information technology 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

Year in Employment scheme (YES)
The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES), which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES provides a very rewarding and worthwhile experience, both personally and professionally, and can help you to stand out from the crowd in a very competitive job market. The University’s Career Service will help you to explore your options and secure a suitable work placement.

GO Wales
GO Wales is administered by the University’s Career Service, working with local businesses to create paid work placements of a few weeks’ duration for students. It gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

What will I learn?

In the first year in Physics, you will study classical and modern physics, underpinned by the core mathematical disciplines of algebra and calculus. Further modules in classical dynamics, laboratory physics and the forces of nature will complete your core training in the essential foundations of physics. In Business and Management you will be introduced to some of the key concepts and contemporary issues associated with the study of management and organisations, and to the dynamics of the modern business environment and the main forces largely responsible for shaping and reshaping it.

In the second year in Physics you will study thermal physics, mathematical physics, experimental physics, quantum mechanics, and data handling and statistics. In Business and Management you will examine contemporary issues in human resource management, and explore current and critical thinking in organisational analysis, relating these to recent developments in the contemporary workplace.

In the third year your core Physics modules include condensed matter, electromagnetism, numerical methods, semiconductor physics and applications, and atoms and molecules. You will also undertake a project in which you will investigate a problem of an experimental, theoretical, data analysis, instrumentation or computer modelling nature under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. In Business and Management you will analyse the core concepts and frameworks in business strategy, critically evaluate issues in the business strategy process, and explore the role of business within communities while considering how far innovation and risk-taking is constrained by the environment in which businesses operates.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a complementary set of teaching and learning methods and approaches, ranging from formal lectures, seminars and tutorials to workshops, laboratory practicals and individual and group-based project work.

You will be assessed through a combination of essays, 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.

Student Views

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

Studying Business and Management at Aberystwyth University has enabled me to develop my understanding, and better appreciate the world in which we all live and work. With a limited understanding of Business and Management prior to studying, I have benefited greatly from this course, and the ability to select and choose which route I best want to follow. Through a range of in-class and interactive learning sessions my passion for the subject has flourished. Peter Hamilton-Gray

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