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University of Bristol

Physics with Astrophysics

UCAS Code: F3FM
MSci (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

144

% applicants receiving offers

86%

Subjects
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
Student score
80% LOW
80% LOW
% employed or in further study
90% MED
90% MED
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
£25k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
AAA

AAA including Mathematics and Physics Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

Scottish Highers
AAAAB-AA

SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics Mathematics and Physics.

Scottish Advanced Highers
AA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics at grade A.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
DDD

DDD in Science including Distinction in Mathematics and Physics units.

International Baccalaureate
36

36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 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

86%

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

Our courses are designed to challenge you and develop your abilities as a critical thinker. Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. Normally, you are able to transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach. A thorough grounding in physics will equip you well whichever degree you choose. You can also choose to spend a year in industry working on a challenging project, or to study physics at a partner university in Europe. In addition to your degree, you can get involved in communicating science via Discover Science days and school visits. Our physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics who also awarded us Juno status in recognition of our best practice and contribution to the representation of women in physics. We are also proud holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award. CHAOS, the very active physics students' society, organises social and educational activities, visits and trips, and a 'parenting' scheme to help make our new students welcome.

Modules

University of Bristol

Inside one of the campus buildings

The University of Bristol is world-renowned with a reputation for academic excellence and has a vibrant student community that's passionate about everything from volunteering to hot air ballooning. Come to Bristol to earn a brilliant degree, develop interests and make life-long friends. It's easy to get involved: our students take part in 192 societies and 52 sports clubs.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
36%
64%

Year 1

32%
68%

Year 2

25%
75%

Year 3

35%
65%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
78%
14%
8%

Year 1

75%
25%

Year 2

66%
17%
17%

Year 3

38%
34%
28%

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 85%
Student score 80% LOW
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Received sufficient advice and support

81%

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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
12% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
469 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 90% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

6%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

15%

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 85%
Student score 80% LOW
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

66%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

86%

Received sufficient advice and support

81%

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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
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
24% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
454 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% 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 90% MED
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are engineering professionals

7%

Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

6%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

15%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Not a lot of people study astronomy as a first degree, and if you want to be one of the small number of people who start work as an astronomer every year, you will need a doctorate – so 40% of graduates go into further study. Astronomy graduates, however, are versatile, going into all parts of the jobs market. If you want to find out more specifically about the prospects for your chosen subject, it might be a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates from your chosen subject went on to do.
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