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BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

136-144

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Music
Student score
80% LOW
83% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
94% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
£18k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAB-AAA

Mathematics and Physics are required at A level. If A level Music is not being taken, a Pass in grade 8 Music Theory is acceptable. Music at grade A.

Scottish Highers
AAAAB

Scottish Advanced Highers
AAA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A and Music at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
32

6,6,6 at Higher Level in Maths, Physics and Music

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 136-144 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

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

£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

Benefit from exceptional teaching quality; we are consistently near the top of the league tables. Take the unique opportunity to explore the relationship between physics and music. The course offers reasonable class sizes with a focus on small group teaching and good access to your lecturers. Enjoy a friendly and informal atmosphere. We are known for internationally top-class research at the cutting edge of particle physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, experimental quantum computing, quantum matter at low temperatures, theoretical physics and biophysics.

Modules

Physics Year 1: mathematics for scientists; mechanics and relativity; classical matter; physics of the universe; fields and waves; scientific skills. Year 2: mathematical methods; scientific computing skills; quantum mechanics; optics; electromagnetism; atomic and nuclear physics; particle detectors and accelerators; classical and statistical thermodynamics; the solid state; astronomy. Year 3: experimental or theoretical project; particle physics; semiconductors and superconductor; modern topics of condensed matter; particle astrophysics. Music Year 1: theory and analysis; practical musicianship; creative composition techniques; practical composition skills; a very short history of music; introduction to historical musicology; introduction to world music; contemporary debates in music; solo performance; creative ensemble performance. Year 2: studies in music analysis; studies in composition; studies in music history; studies in ethnomusicology; studies in music, media and technology; practical performance. Year 3: composition; musicology; theory and analysis; performance.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Founders building

Royal Holloway has one of the most beautiful campus settings in the UK - including the historic Founder's building at the centre of student life and modern academic and social facilities all within easy reach of London. Beyond the buildings there are acres of woodland and open spaces. Over 2,600 Royal Holloway students participate in 100 clubs and societies offered by the students' union.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
41%
59%

Year 1

35%
65%

Year 2

26%
74%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
75%
24%
1%

Year 1

55%
36%
9%

Year 2

50%
49%
1%

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 88%
Student score 80% LOW
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

85%

Library resources are satisfactory

83%

Feedback on work has been helpful

69%

Feedback on work has been prompt

66%

Staff are good at explaining things

91%

Received sufficient advice and support

82%

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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
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
26% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
373 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% 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 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

5%

Graduates who are administrative occupations: finance

5%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

12%

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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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 92%
Student score 83% MED
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

90%

Library resources are satisfactory

80%

Feedback on work has been helpful

77%

Feedback on work has been prompt

69%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

84%

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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
27% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
11% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
523 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
88% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% 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 94% MED
Average graduate salary £18k HIGH
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

10%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

10%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2012. Most were working after six months – but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs in music is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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