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University of Bath

Physics with Astrophysics with Professional Placement

UCAS Code: 2RT5

Master of Physics - MPhys

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

A*AA including Mathematics and Physics with A* in Mathematics or Physics (or Further Mathematics if applicable). A level subjects that will not be considered in your application A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). Alternative A level offer AAA including Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Access to HE Diploma

D:39

Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. This must include 12 credits achieved at Distinction from Mathematics units and 12 credits achieved at Distinction from Physics units.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D2,D3,D3

D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and Physics with D2 in Mathematics or Physics

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36

36 points overall with 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics. We have a strong preference for applicants who offer Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level. We may be able to consider you if you are studying one of these subjects at Standard Level (but not both). Our offer in this instance would be 7 in the relevant Standard Level in addition to our typical offer.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A

AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.

UCAS Tariff

112-152

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

100%
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About this course


Course option

5years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Physics

Gain in-depth specialist knowledge of how to apply physics to understand the origins and evolution of the universe. Learn about the fundamental theoretical physics describing the intertwining of space, time, matter and energy. Topics covered include exoplanets, galaxies, cosmology, stars and stellar evolution, general relativity and high energy astrophysics.

You’ll study physical systems under conditions that exceed anything we could conceivably create on Earth, such as extra solar planets or the extreme end states of stellar evolution. You’ll learn how to assemble evidence from astronomy to build theoretical models of the cosmos.

You’ll graduate with sound mathematical and experimental expertise. You’ll be able to grasp new concepts and apply them to a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar challenges.

The Master of Physics (MPhys) degree gives you the opportunity to enhance and deepen your knowledge compared to BSc students, particularly in topics at the forefront of research. You’ll study masters-level units and a major research project, preparing you for more technical roles, postgraduate study or a career in research.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Physics

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.

82%
med
Physics

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.

Physics

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
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

81%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A
511

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.

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.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
91%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Engineering professionals
19%
Natural and social science professionals
9%
Information technology and telecommunications 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.

Physical sciences

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

£22k

£22k

£27k

£27k

£31k

£31k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Graduate field commentary:

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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