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Cardiff University

Theoretical and Computational Physics

UCAS Code: F340

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

To include A Levels in Maths and Physics. All offers will exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate will be accepted in lieu of one A Level at the A Level grades specified, excluding any subject specific requirements.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-30

Including 6 in HL Maths and Physics, or 665 including 6 in HL Maths and Physics.

Grades DD-DM in a BTEC Diploma in Science or Engineering subjects plus grade B in Maths A-Level (some BTEC subjects may also require Physics A Level).

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,B-B,B,B

To include A Levels in Maths and Physics. All offers will exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. For applicants taking Science A-Levels with an English exam board a pass in the separate practical element will be required

UCAS Tariff

120-160

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100%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Theoretical physics

This three-year course combines a solid grounding in general physics with specialised study in theoretical and computational physics.

You will develop a sophisticated understanding of the concepts that form the basis of the physical laws of the universe, as well as the key mathematical and experimental methods we use to understand them. You will also learn why theoretical and computational physics are so integral to making sense of the world around us.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), this course aims to prepare you for a wide range of careers, in areas such as research, teaching, industrial development, business, finance, and other roles that require mathematical or computational skills and an analytical approach.

Theoretical physicists often work in close collaboration with experimental physicists. They may spend much of their time developing and experimenting with computer models of systems that are too complicated to model in any other way. Good examples of this are the Earth’s atmosphere and the modelling of weather systems, areas in which interest has grown rapidly over the last few years.

You will be part of a friendly and welcoming department currently housed in the Queen’s Building complex, which contains a wide variety of purpose-built laboratories, lecture theatres and computing facilities.

You will be able to work alongside internationally respected physicists engaged in world-leading research and have access to state-of-the-art equipment, including our super-computers and parallel processor.

Distinctive features

The distinctive features of the course include:
•The opportunity to learn in a department which has a strong commitment to research
•The involvement of research-active staff in course design and delivery
•An emphasis on computational physics
•Frequent opportunities to conduct practical work in the School’s laboratory facilities
•An emphasis on independent learning
•Effective course monitoring and opportunities for student feedback

The course contains all the core content required for the degree to be accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£10,500
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£19,950
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Cardiff

Department:

School of Physics and Astronomy

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
Theoretical physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

Teaching and learning

75%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
74%
Male students
26%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C
381

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
9%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Engineering professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Although the subject has seen a bit of resurgence in recent years, the UK is still felt to be short of physics graduates, and in particular physicists training as teachers. If you want a career in physics research — in all sorts of areas, from atmospheric physics to lasers - you'll probably need to take a doctorate, and so have a think about where you would like to do that and how you might fund it (the government funds many physics doctorates, so you might not find it as hard as you think). With that in mind, it's not surprising that just over a fifth of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree, and well over a third of physicists take some kind of postgraduate study in total. Physics is highly regarded and surprisingly versatile, which is why physics graduates who decide not to stay in education are more likely to go into well-paid jobs in the finance industry than they are to go into science. The demand and versatility of physics degrees goes to explain why they're amongst the best-paid science graduates.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physical sciences

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

£27k

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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