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Northumbria University

Physics

UCAS Code: F301

Master of Physics - MPhys

Entry requirements


Subjects studied at AS level and not carried forward to A level will be accepted and the UCAS Tariff points achieved will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score.

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

including Mathematics and Physics

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-M1,M1,M1

including Mathematics and Physics

The Extended Project Qualification is welcome and the UCAS Tariff points you achieve from an EPQ will count towards your total UCAS Tariff score.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme is accepted by Northumbria University. Please contact Admissions for more information on specific entry requirements.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H4,H4,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4,H4


including Mathematics and Physics

The OCR Technical Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics also required.

The OCR Technical Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics may also be required.

The OCR Technical Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics also required.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM

in Engineering

The OCR Technical Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics also required.

The OCR Technical Introductory Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics also required.

The OCR Technical Subsidiary Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications. Mathematics and Physics also required.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

in Engineering

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C-B,C,C

including Mathematics and Physics

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,C,C-B,B,B,B,C


including Mathematics and Physics

UCAS Tariff

120-128

including Mathematics and Physics

The Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills challenge Certificate is accepted in combination with other qualifications.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

5 years | Full-time with time abroad | 2018

5 years | Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Physics

Physics is about understanding whats around us, from the smallest particle to the far reaches of the universe. Physicists are problem solvers, future shapers, and at Northumbria we empower our Physics students to think creatively about how to tackle the challenges we put in front of them.The Physics MPhys offers motivated, industrious students an integrated Masters award, meaning that you gain a deeper understanding of Physics as a subject and tackle open research questions in Physics, achieving a higher qualification than many other graduates in the same job market.Research strengths in areas such as quantum devices, smart and nano materials, soft matter, chaos theory and dynamical systems underpin our integrated Masters Physics course.You will learn from world-leading experts, and develop transferable skills including problem solving, data analysis, computer programming, communication and research skills.Northumbria has recently invested more than one million pounds into Physics facilities and learning environments, further enhancing our reputation for innovation and excellence. Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership.

Modules

For a full list of the modules on your course, please access the course pages at www.northumbria.ac.uk

Assessment methods

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods, which may include lectures, seminars, problem-based workshops, case discussions, practical activities, group work and tutorials. Teaching is backed up by a well-designed support system that will underpin your learning journey. You will have access to a Guidance Tutor with whom you can discuss any academic issues. Extensive feedback from both tutors and peers is built into the course.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Northumbria University

Department:

Physics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

86%
med
Physics

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

100%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Physics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Science, engineering and production technicians
15%
Customer service occupations
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

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.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Physics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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