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Physics (with integrated year in industry)

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Key Facts

Code F304
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

  • Course Length

    4 Years

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Kick start your career prospects with our MPhys course. 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. 

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Student Experience for the subject of Physics & Astronomy (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

Department of Physics: 90% student satisfaction for the 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

Institute of Physics - Juno Practitioner

Why study Physics at Aberystwyth?

  • Enhance your employability with our year in industry programme
  • 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.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Algebra and Differential Equations * PH16210 10
Calculus * MP10610 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10
Classical Physics * PH11010 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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Astronomy PH18010 10
Communication and Technology PH19510 10
Energy and the Environment PH19010 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Mathematical Physics * PM26020 20
Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation PH24520 20
Thermodynamics * PH21510 10
Electricity and Magnetism PH22510 10
Experimental Physics * PH25520 20
Numerical Techniques for Physicists PH26620 20
Optics PH22010 10
Principles of Quantum Mechanics PH23010 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Year In Industry PHS0160 60
Year in Industry PHS0060 60

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Concepts in Condensed Matter Physics * PH32410 10
Modern Optics and Photonics PH34510 10
Numerical Methods PH36010 10
Structure Determination of Condensed Matter PH33510 10
Materials Physics PH33810 10
Probing Atoms and Molecules * PH32710 10
Project (40 Credits) * PH37540 40
Semiconductor Technology PH33610 10

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

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
  • Meterologist

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

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during 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 year, you will study:

  • Thermal physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Experimental analogue electronics
  • Data handling and statistics
  • Instrumentation systems
  • Experimental physics

In your third year, you will embark on your Year in Industry

In your final year you will investigate:

  • Semiconductor physics
  • Electromagnetism
  • Optronics
  • 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.

 

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.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in Physics and B in Mathematics. Candidates taking a science A level with an associated practical skills assessment will also be required to pass the practical component.

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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