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University of Bristol

Chemical Physics

UCAS Code: F322

Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

AAA in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Contextual offer: AAB in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (in any order) Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science) with at least 30 credits at Distinction, including Chemistry, Physics an Mathematics and 15 credits at Merit. Not all level 3 mathematics modules are acceptable for our degree courses. Please contact choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk for further information.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

C

AAB at A-level in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and C in Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Core.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D2,D3,D3

Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Standard literacy GCSE profile requirement. To find out more please visit, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/gcse/

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

36-34

36 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 6, 6, 6 at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. Contextual offer: 34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (in any order) Please visit: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/entry-requirements-qualifications/#contextual for more information about contextual offers.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

DDD in Science plus grade A in A-level Mathematics.

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in two of Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.

UCAS Tariff

144-159

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

100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Chemical physics

The four-year MSci course is ideal for those considering scientific careers that will make direct use of their subject-specific knowledge and skills.

Our degrees incorporate units in chemistry, physics and mathematics. The first year gives you a comprehensive grounding in these subjects, while later years focus on atomic and molecular science and its interdisciplinary applications.

You will also focus on areas at the interface between chemistry and physics, so there is less organic and synthetic chemistry and more physical and inorganic chemistry. Similarly, there is very little nuclear and particle physics after your first year, but an emphasis on materials science and nanoscience.

As well as lectures and practical classes, small-group tutorials and workshops help to develop your understanding of challenging and exciting concepts. You will undertake a project or scientific dissertation working in a research group with a member of staff.

The course is accredited by both the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£10,750
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bristol

Department:

Physics

TEF rating:

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What students say


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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
468

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.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Engineering professionals
6%
Sales, marketing and related associate 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.

£23k

£23k

£29k

£29k

£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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Post-six month graduation stats:

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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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