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University of Aberdeen

Mathematics and Physics

UCAS Code: FG31
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

80%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
Student score
90% HIGH
82% MED
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£20k LOW
Not Available
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-BBB

A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - at least 2 from science or maths subjects. To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from 2 science or maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours).

Scottish Highers
AABB

A minimum of 4 H at AABB (C at AH may substitute for B at H) obtained at a single sitting or a minimum of 5H at AAABB obtained over 2 sittings. Must achieve at least BB from two science or mathematics subjects.

Scottish Advanced Highers
ABB

For Second Year entry a minimum of 3 AH at ABB, a minimum of two must be Science or Maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours).

BTEC Diploma
DDD

Science.

International Baccalaureate
32

A minimum of 32 points, with a minimum of 5 points at HL required from 2 science or maths subjects. For Second Year entry: a minimum of 34 points with a minimum of 6 at HL in the subject(s) nominated for Honours.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 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

80%

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

Not available

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

Modules

Mathematics: Level 1: Calculus; algebra; subsidiary science subjects. Level 2: Advanced calculus and analysis; discrete mathematics and algebraic structures; linear algebra; and either ordinary differential equations or mathematical statistics. Additional courses available are: numerical methods and scientific programming; techniques of operational research. Level 3: Real analysis; complex analysis; rings and fields; groups and geometry; numerical analysis; linear optimisation; mechanics; electromagnetism; operational research; probability and inference. In addition, students undertake a project and present written and oral reports. Level 4: Students choose options from a range of courses; popular topics in recent years, directly reflecting the research work done in the department, include: relativity theory; transforms; topology; number theory; graph theory; applications of algebra; chaos and fractals. In addition, each student undertakes a project (possibly outside the Department in consultation with industry) and presents an individual report. Physics: Level 1: The physical universe: physics; mechanics; electricity; magnetism; experimental physics; physical computing. Level 2: Dynamical phenomena; astronomy, cosmology and modern physics; the solid state; practical optics and electronics; geophysics; space science. Levels 3 and 4: Astrophysics; atomic physics; bio-medical physics; electricity and magnetism; case studies in physics; elementary particles; energy and entropy; nanoscience; nuclear physics and medicine; optical engineering; optics; physics of matter; quantum theory; solid state physics; spectroscopy; statistical physics.

University of Aberdeen

College of Arts and Social Sciences

Founded in 1495 we're one of the oldest UK universities, offering over 600 undergraduate courses. Teaching is organised into three colleges: College of Life Sciences and Medicine, Physical Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A place in halls is normally guaranteed to first-year students on or within walking distance of the main teaching site.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
31%
69%

Year 1

26%
74%

Year 2

24%
76%

Year 3

16%
84%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
68%
32%

Year 1

78%
22%

Year 2

65%
35%

Year 3

55%
37%
8%

Year 4

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 100%
Student score 90% HIGH
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

100%

Library resources are satisfactory

78%

Feedback on work has been helpful

78%

Feedback on work has been prompt

76%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

89%

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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
32% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
23% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
5% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
415 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
68% 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 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

5%

Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals

5%

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 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

73%

Library resources are satisfactory

82%

Feedback on work has been helpful

65%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

92%

Received sufficient advice and support

77%

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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
26% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
50% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
18% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
413 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
62% 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 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary Not Available
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

8%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
The UK still doesn’t have as many maths teachers as we’d like, so anyone wanting to take maths and then go into teaching will be welcome. In fact, there’s felt to be a general lack of maths skills in the population at large, so this is one subject where there's demand for graduate skills. 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. But for research jobs, 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 salaries to match.
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