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Durham University

Theoretical Physics

UCAS Code: F344
MPhys 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

160

% applicants receiving offers

78%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
82% MED
% employed or in further study
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£26k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
A*A*A

The A* may alternatively be in Furhter Mathematics, if taken. (Mathematics at grade A* or Physics at grade A*).

Scottish Highers
Not Available

Must include Physics and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

AAA in Advanced Higher to include Maths and Physics Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
38

Twenty points (7, 7, 6) at Higher Level to include Mathematics and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

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.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

78%

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.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

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
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

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

Course description

Modules

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).

Durham University

Queen's Campus

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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
41%
59%

Year 1

35%
65%

Year 2

27%
73%

Year 3

37%
63%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
83%
14%
3%

Year 1

83%
14%
3%

Year 2

83%
14%
3%

Year 3

45%
41%
14%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

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.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 88%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

93%

Staff made the subject interesting

81%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

71%

Feedback on work has been prompt

73%

Staff are good at explaining things

88%

Received sufficient advice and support

78%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

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
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
565 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
70% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

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?

% employed or in further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £26k HIGH
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

6%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

17%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

13%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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 nearly a quarter of physics graduates go on to take doctorates when they finish their degree. 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. IT and engineering – also commanding decent salaries - are other popular industries for physics graduates.
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