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Master of Physics - MPhys years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physics
Student score
93% HIGH
% employed or in further study
93% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

A level Mathematics grade A and A level Physics grade A

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and Physics HL

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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


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


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

This is a four year variant of the BSc Physics degree. The third year of this degree includes project work connected to our industrial partners, which involves solving a 'real' problem posed by a company or other external organisation as part of a team. In the final year you will complete an extended investigative project. Examples of recent project topics include vortices in superfluids, nanoscale probe microscopy of graphene, quantum dots and other novel quantum nanostructures.


Lancaster University

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Collegiate, local, global: Lancaster is the ultimate university community. Whoever you are, you're bound to feel at home. At Lancaster you won't just be coming to a top 10 university, you'll be coming to a world of opportunity - Lancaster students can volunteer in Malaysia, India and China. We've had the best uni halls for three years running, according to the National Student Housing Survey.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 97%
Student score 93% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
16% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
452 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
78% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
12% 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 93% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are natural and social science professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


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 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.
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