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St Mary's University, Twickenham

Physics (Applied)

UCAS Code: F310

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 60 credits

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

UCAS Tariff

104

A minimum of 104 UCAS tariff points including at least a grade C at A Level Physics.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Applied physics

The Institute of Physics (IOP) recognised BSc (Hons) Physics (Applied) degree is run in collaboration with the nearby National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington. The NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world leading centre of excellence in Applied Physics. The Applied Physics Team are nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their fields of expertise, ranging from nanotechnology and biophysics to astrophysics and nuclear physics. Students will be taught by professional physicists in a research-led environment.

Modules

Year one is your introductory year where you will explore the physics of electromagnetism, particles and waves, heat, nanotechnology and the environment together with (i) mathematical methods used in physics and computing and (ii) experimental techniques and data analysis. In your second year you will develop your experimental skills via longer experimental investigations culminating in a short project (either an individual or a group project) commenced towards the end of year and completed in the first semester of your third year in preparation for the final year long project. In your final year the emphasis is on choice; there are three core modules (including the Research Project) and a range of options.

The Uni


Course location:

St Mary's University, Twickenham

Department:

Sport, Health and Applied Sciences

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Applied physics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
60%
Male students
40%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate
316

After graduation


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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.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

28%
Teaching and educational professionals
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
5%
Childcare and related personal services
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.

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