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Key Facts

  • UCAS Tariff

    120 - 128

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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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 to fulfil 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

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*)


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Why study Physics at Aberystwyth?

  • On completion of this degree you will leave with a degree and MPhys qualification.
  • Enhance your employability with a Master's 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.


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.


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


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


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Electricity And Magnetism PH22510 10
Mathematical Physics * PM26020 20
Numerical Techniques For Physicists PH26620 20
Optics PH22010 10
Practical Research Skills PH25720 20
Principles Of Quantum Mechanics PH23010 10
Sensors, Electronics & Instrumentation PH24520 20
Thermodynamics PH21510 10


* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh


Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Concepts In Condensed Matter Physics PH32410 10
Materials Physics PH33810 10
Modern Optics And Photonics PH34510 10
Particles, Quanta And Fields PH33020 20
Project (40 Credits) PH37540 40
Semiconductor Technology PH33610 10
Structure Determination Of Condensed Matter PH33510 10



Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Advanced Numerical Methods PHM6610 10
Advanced Quantum Physics PHM3010 10
Advanced Research Topics PHM7020 20
Communicating Topics In Physics PHM4410 10
Electromagnetic Theory PHM2510 10
Major Project PHM5860 60



What can I do with a physics degree?

 Our graduates have discovered career paths in:

  • Medical Physics
  • Radiation Protection
  • Research Science

Other graduates from our department have sought careers in:

  • Systems Development
  • Product Development
  • Technical Publishing
  • Meteorology

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.

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. 

Learning & Teaching

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.

You will also undertake a dissertation and an extended project.

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

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.

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

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 120 - 128

A Levels ABB-BBB with B in Physics and B in Mathematics

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

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

International Baccalaureate:
32-30 points overall with 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75% overall with 7 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

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