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Lancaster University

Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology

UCAS Code: F372
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

75%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
86% MED
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£21k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

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

75%

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

Lancaster's particle physicists work at state-of-the-art particle accelerators to investigate and identify the nature of space and time. Our resident cosmologists employ all of their creative and mathematical abilities to explain the early history of the universe in a way that complements and supports observational and experimental data. All this expertise is translated into an exciting, modern Physics course based on the foundation of our core Physics programme. This is a 3 year degree.

Modules

Year 1: The physical universe; classical mechanics; electric and magnetic fields; thermal properties of matter; quantum physics; functions and differentiation; integration; series and differential equations; complex methods; vector calculus; vectors and vector algebra / IT skills; basic physics skills / communication skills; oscillations and waves / practical lab i; electrical circuits and instruments / practical lab ii; optics and optical instruments / practical lab 3. Year 2: Maths 1; maths 2; quantum mechanics; thermal properties of matter; programming and modelling; electromagnetism, waves and optics; relativity, nuclei and particles; electromagnetism; waves and optics; relativity, nuclei and particles; experimental principles of particle detection; astronomy; cosmology 1. Year 3: Particle physics; general physics examination paper; atomic physics; statistical physics; physics of fluids; groups and symmetries; flavour physics; space physics; solid state physics; particle physics/cosmology short-projects; physics of global warming; energy; computer modelling; quantum information processing; matter at low temperature; lasers and applications; solid state physics 2; short project 3 (phys); cosmology 2; cos lab.

Lancaster University

Grizedale College at dusk

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

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
38%
62%

Year 1

29%
71%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
50%
50%

Year 1

67%
33%

Year 2

62%
38%

Year 3

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 90%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

92%

Staff made the subject interesting

80%

Library resources are satisfactory

88%

Feedback on work has been helpful

88%

Feedback on work has been prompt

94%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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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
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
10% 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 91% MED
Average graduate salary £21k MED
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

10%

Graduates who are engineering professionals

8%

Graduates who are natural and social science professionals

6%

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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