What students say about physics
My typical week consists of 20 or more hours in uni, about half of which are normal lectures, the rest consisting of tutorial lectures where you are in smaller groups, focusing on work you don't understand or find difficult. My course includes three maths modules and three physics modules. All the modules are OK-going if you put the time in to attend ALL lectures and partake in private/ group study out of uni. The type of work I do consists of written assignments, reports, lab reports and written homework questions.1st year, University of Central Lancashire
For my course I easily have 20 to 25 hours of contact time a week, not including external work. You are expected to, and often need to do, at least double the lecture time on your own work. My physics course is very broad and has some really interesting content, from quantum mechanics to cosmology. Most of the work is questions sheets.2nd year, Loughborough University
I came to this course kind-of liking physics... I have been at this university for two years now and I have fallen in love with it. Most of the modules are fascinating, and the ones somewhat-less-intrinsically-gripping (e.g. statistics) are well-taught and useful. The type of work is problem-based worksheets and sometimes labs.2nd year, Queen Mary University of London
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Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
- Further maths
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- Medical physicist
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Students on a physics degree will gain subject-specific skills including knowledge of specific physics topics, such as electromagnetism and quantum and classical mechanics. Transferable skills you’ll develop include data investigation, high-level numeracy and good research skills. Physics graduates get jobs across the economy, and are in demand from employers as diverse as banking, health, IT, defence, the electronics industry and education. If you’re aiming for a career in research, you will usually need to take a postgraduate qualification (probably a Doctorate) after your first degree.