BEng

Engineering Physics

BEng Engineering Physics Code 179H

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Key Facts

179H
  • UCAS Tariff

    112 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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 knowledge, skills and training in Physics with the production of engineering solutions in real-world situations. Even though it is one of the oldest academic disciplines, Physics makes significant contributions to modern society, with theoretical breakthroughs that feed into new sciences and foster modern technologies. The degree is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics).

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction in the subject of Physics, 86% for the sector (NSS 2020).

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

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, namely 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 gaining a Masters qualification may be interested in our integrated Masters 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
Modern Physics PH14310 10
Communication and Technology PH19510 10

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Calculus * MP10610 10
Further Algebra and Calculus * MP11010 10
Classical Physics * PH11010 10
Forces and Energy * PH11120 20
Physics Career Planning and Skills Development * PH12910 10
Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (20 Credits) * PH15700
Laboratory Techniques for Experimental Physics (20 Credits) * PH15720 20
Algebra and Differential Equations * PH16210 10
Classical Dynamics * PM14010 10

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Thermodynamics PH21510 10
Optics PH22010 10
Principles of Quantum Mechanics PH23010 10
Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation PH24520 20
Numerical Techniques for Physicists PH26600
Numerical Techniques for Physicists PH26620 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sgiliau Ymchwil Ymarferol FG25720 20
Electricity and Magnetism * PH22510 10
Practical Research Skills PH25720 20
Mathematical Physics * PM26020 20

* 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
  • Meteorologist

Employability is embedded across all of our teaching and ethics. We instill these skills in 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
  • Teamworking, 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 an extended work placement, then BEng Engineering Physics with integrated year in industry is for you. The four-year course is identical to the three-year course, but includes an additional year spent working in industry.

Learning & Teaching

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 

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?

You will be taught through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work.

You will be assessed 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 of Welsh may do so by choosing our Welsh medium modules. 

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 112 - 120

A Levels BBB-BBC to include B in Physics and B in Mathematics

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

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

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in Physics and Mathematics

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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