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University of East Anglia UEA

Physics

UCAS Code: F300

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including Mathematics and Physics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.

Access to HE Diploma

D:0,M:45

Science pathway with 12 level 3 credits of Mathematics and 12 level 3 credits of Physics.

Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

Including Mathematics and Physics at HL 5. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.

Scottish Advanced Higher

C,C,C

Including Mathematics and Physics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.

UCAS Tariff

120

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

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Physics

Physics is concerned with the most fundamental questions about nature. Its an inspiring subject that enables you to cultivate your abstract, creative reasoning and your practical, applied knowledge.During the first two years of this three-year degree, youll explore some major themes in physics. And in your final year project, youll be given the chance to research a specific topic of your choice.Throughout the course you will develop an impressive range of transferable skills in mathematics, communication and collaborative work. You will also build practical professional skills in areas like academic research, analytical problem solving and computing. These are highly sought-after skills for which employers in several sectors specifically prefer physics graduates.Physics is not only a fascinating discipline, but a highly regarded qualification too. Study with us at UEA and youll develop a deep curiosity about the workings of our universe and gain powerful scientific skills to employ in a huge range of areas, so youll leave as a highly employable graduate.**Course Structure**Our three-year degree programme introduces you to many of the major themes in physics in your first year, before providing more advanced teaching in the second and third years, when you can specialise in a particular field. Your course will culminate in a final year project, giving you the chance to research a topic of your own choosing.**Year 1**Your first year will consist of six compulsory modules, giving you a solid grounding in a wide range of topics. Youll be introduced to key physics concepts, start developing crucial mathematical skills, and learn about some of the scientific fields that these skills can be applied to. Modules cover topics including light, atoms, , mechanics, electromagnetism, , the dynamic planet and astrophysics.**Year 2**Your second year will enable you to start selecting modules that interest you. Options will include covering electronics, oceanography, meteorology, geophysics, special relativity and renewable energy.Youll build on what youve learnt in year one, with teaching in intermediate physics topics, mathematics for scientists, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.**Year 3**Your final year is your chance to really direct your own learning, by selecting optional modules from the huge range we offer. Plus youll be taught advanced physics topics and laboratory skills.Your independent research project will form a large part of your final year of study. Working with an expert supervisor, it will enable you to delve deeper into a real problem in physics.**Disclaimer**Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website: **www.uea.ac.uk**

Modules

In your first year, you’ll be given a foundation in a broad range of physics topics, including quantum mechanics, astrophysics, mathematics and relativity. You’ll build on this basis in your second year with teaching in intermediate physics topics and advanced mathematics, while beginning to customise your degree with a number of optional modules in diverse fields. You can choose to complement your compulsory modules with a focus on electronics, energy, oceans, tectonics or meteorology. In your final year, you’ll have an even greater choice of modules to study alongside advanced physics topics and an independent research project.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£19,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of East Anglia UEA

Department:

School of Engineering

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.

Physical sciences

Sorry, no information to show

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
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
5%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

Physical sciences

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
90%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Natural and social science professionals
12%
Science, engineering and production technicians
12%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

Physics

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

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

£28k

£28k

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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