What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
The A* may alternatively be in Furhter Mathematics, if taken. (Mathematics at grade A* or Physics at grade A*).
Must include Physics and Mathematics.
AAA in Advanced Higher to include Maths and Physics Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.
Twenty points (7, 7, 6) at Higher Level to include Mathematics and Physics
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 160 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers78%
Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.
Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.
If you live in:
- Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
- Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
- Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses
Year 1: Core modules: foundations of physics 1 (40); discovery skills in physics (20); either single mathematics a (20); and single mathematics b (20); or core mathematics a (20). Year 2: Core modules: foundations of physics 2 (20); mathematical methods in physics (20); thermal and condensed matter physics (20); stars and galaxies (20); laboratory skills and practice (20); computational physics and electronics (20). Year 3: Core modules: foundations of physics 3 (40); key skills a (20); mathematical workshop (20); physics into schools (20); theoretical physics (20); modules to the value of 40 credits to be chosen from the following; condensed matter physics (20); astrophysics (20); theoretical physics (20). Year 4: Core modules: project (60); either advanced theoretical physics (20); particle theory (20); modules to the value of 40 or 20 credits to be chosen from; condensed matter physics 4 (20); atomic and optical physics (20); astrophysics 4 (20); advanced theoretical physics (20); advanced condensed matter physics (20); particle theory (20); advanced astrophysics (20); theoretical physics 4 (20); theoretical astronomy (20).
As one of the only collegiate-style unis in the UK, coming to Durham means that you are part of a close community from the moment you arrive. With huge participation in sport, drama, arts and societies there's something for everyone. After all, where else could you spend your first year living in a castle which was also, incidentally, used as a film set for Harry Potter
How you'll spend your time
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Lectures / seminars||41%||35%||27%||37%|
- Lectures / seminars
- Independent study
How you'll be assessed
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
- Written exams
- Practical exams
What do the numbers say for
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What do students think about this subject here?
Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.
Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.
UK / Non-UK
Male / Female
Full-time / Part-time
Typical Ucas points
2:1 or above
Most popular subjects students studied before attending
Here's an idea of the academic background of students from previous years, to give you a flavour of the type of people who take this subject.
What are graduates doing after six months?
Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?