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University of Plymouth

Mathematics with Theoretical Physics

UCAS Code: G1F3

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


112 to 128 UCAS points to include a minimum of 2 A levels including Grade B in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination

Interview and diagnostic test required. Standard offer would then be to Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction and to include at least 12 credits in Mathematics units with Merit.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

27-29

27 - 29 overall to include Grade 5 in Higher Level Mathematics. English Language accepted within.

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

H2,H2,H2,H3,H3

including Mathematics.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered following Interview. Standard offer would be in the range of DMM to DDM and to include a Distinction in a Mathematics unit.

Considered in combination with A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

120 points including a Grade B in Advanced Highers Mathematics.

Considered in combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

112-128

To include a minimum of 2 A levels, including grade B in Mathematics or Further Mathematics. Excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination alongside A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Considered in combination

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

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Mathematics

Theoretical physics

Acquire a deep insight into modern theories of nature using powerful mathematical techniques. This degree will provide you with the necessary mathematical language to be able to describe, analyse and predict natural phenomena. Final year modules include classical and quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and relativity, fluid dynamics and partial differential equations. A particular highlight of the degree is the choice of project modules to explore aspects of modern physics in depth.

We have strong links with CERN and the European Light Infrastructure. We’re very proud of being top in the Guardian Mathematics University League Table for 2019 for satisfaction with the course. We are also fourth for satisfaction with mathematics teaching. This is part of a record of students regularly saying that they enjoy our degrees and teaching.

* Study the foundation of modern theoretical physics in modules such as classical and quantum mechanics and electrodynamics and relativity.

* Carry out a project in theoretical physics on topics such as quantum computers, black holes, teleportation and the quark model, supported by a leading academic.

* Be inspired by a large group of theoretical physicists who have strong research connections across the globe including with CERN and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Two of our lecturers are Associate CERN staff members, another leads the Lattice QCD/BSM group at CERN, two are members of the UK’s Central Laser Facility user group and one is a theory consultant to the European Light Infrastructure project.

* Pure and applied mathematics, modules in probability and options in statistics: get to grips with the foundations of modern mathematics.

* Benefit from outstanding teaching: in the 2018 National Student Survey 99% of our final year students said that 'Staff are good at explaining things’.* This is part of a proud track record of success in the National Student Survey (NSS). We are top of the 2019 Guardian Mathematics League Table for satisfaction with the course.

* Leading research experts teach you: 68% of our research papers were classified as ‘World Leading’ or ‘Internationally Excellent’ in the latest UK government survey of research (REF 2014).

* Expand the ways you study with access to an extensive set of online support materials, including podcasts and eBooks.

* Become a confident, effective communicator, able to present your ideas visually, verbally and in writing. Small group tutorials help you acquire these skills. In the 2018 National Student Survey 99% of our final year students agreed that 'I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of my course’.

* We have an open door policy, a dedicated study space, the Maths Lab, clickers for immediate feedback in class, online podcasts – in short, we support you to reach your full potential.

* Learn high-level programming skills and master industry software including Matlab and R.

* Increase your employability with a strongly-recommended paid industry placement between the second and final years. Typically students are paid around £17,000 and recent employers include GlaxoSmithKline, the Department of Communities and Local Government, VirginCare, Visteon and Jagex.

* Progress, like our previous graduates, into careers in research, work in the Met Office, GCHQ, finance, industry and medicine or postgraduate degrees in applied mathematics and theoretical physics.

* Distinguish yourself professionally with a degree accredited by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and recognised for membership by the Institute of Physics.

Modules

In year one, build strong mathematical foundations to support future investigations in theoretical physics. Topics include probability and randomness, which are key ideas in quantum theories, and tools such as group theory, which are used to describe fundamental symmetries in nature. Calculus and analysis plus linear algebra, essential for studying higher dimensional theories are also introduced along with an introduction to programming.

In second year you will review the evidence for the existence of dark matter and describe Newtonian cosmology using vector calculus. Acquire the mathematical language of quantum mechanics by learning about real and complex analysis. A case studies module introduces the powerful Monte Carlo technique which lies at the heart of statistical mechanics and is used to extract precision results from the Standard Model of particle physics.

In your final year the focus is on modern physics and you have a choice of modules. Topics include classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and special relativity. The mathematical language of the core partial differential equations module is essential. You can conduct a final year theoretical physics project with a supervisor from our theoretical physics research group. Projects have included general relativity and black holes, the gravitational super highway, quantum algorithms, quantum field theory and the quark model.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

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
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics

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%
high
Mathematics

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.

Mathematics

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
99%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
89%
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

92%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
67%
Male students
33%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
C

Physical sciences

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
70%
Male students
30%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
8%
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.

Mathematics

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
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to feel needed? This is one of the most flexible degrees of all and with so much of modern work being based on data, there are options everywhere for maths graduates. With all that training in handling figures, it's hardly surprising that a lot of maths graduates go into well-paid jobs in the IT or finance industries, and last year, a maths graduate in London could expect a very respectable average starting salary of £27k. And we're always short of teachers in maths, so that is an excellent option for anyone wanting to help the next generation. And if you want a research job, you'll want a doctorate — and a really good maths doctorate will get you all sorts of interest from academia and finance — and might secure some of the highest salaries going for new leavers from university.

Physical sciences

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.

£18,500
low
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
99%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Natural and social science professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Engineering professionals
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.

Mathematics

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

£20k

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£25k

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£24k

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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.

Theoretical 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.

£17k

£17k

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

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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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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