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Heriot-Watt University

Mathematical Physics

UCAS Code: F344
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
75% LOW
% employed or in further study
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£20k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB

Physics and Mathematics.

Scottish Highers
AAAB-ABBBB

Physics and Mathematics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
BB

Mathematics and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
29

to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 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

100%

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

£1,820

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

Heriot-Watt University is ranked in the Top Ten in the UK for Physics (Guardian University Guide 2015). 94% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 95% were in work/study within six months of completing the programme. The programme offers a range of elective courses, as well as a solid grounding in both mathematics and physics, and it is possible for undergraduates to transfer between Mathematics and Physics at an early stage. Considerable computer skills will also be acquired. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Modules

Years 1-3: Topics covered include: environmental physics; complex analysis; differential equations; experimental and computing techniques. Year 4: Topics covered include: optimisation; partial differential equations; quantum mechanics.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
37%
63%

Year 1

33%
67%

Year 2

36%
64%

Year 3

38%
62%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
56%
28%
16%

Year 1

66%
23%
11%

Year 2

77%
17%
6%

Year 3

74%
23%
3%

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 77%
Student score 75% LOW
Able to access IT resources

91%

Staff made the subject interesting

57%

Library resources are satisfactory

90%

Feedback on work has been helpful

54%

Feedback on work has been prompt

71%

Staff are good at explaining things

74%

Received sufficient advice and support

71%

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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
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
1% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
401 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
55% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
4% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

5%

Graduates who are information technology technicians

3%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

3%

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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