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MPhys 5 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

128-144

% applicants receiving offers

48%

Subjects
  • Physics
Student score
74% LOW
% employed or in further study
84% LOW
Average graduate salary
£24k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
ABB-AAA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

Scottish Highers
AABB-AAAA

Mathematics at grade A and Physics.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128-144 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

48%

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

The programme leads either to a BSc degree or to an MPhys degree with Honours in Astrophysics. The overall aim is to provide students with a thorough education in Physics and the associated Mathematics. The Astrophysics degree is intended to give a good general knowledge of Physics and to show how this knowledge can be applied to the problems of Astronomy. A single astronomical problem can involve the flexible use of nearly all branches of Physics, and the ability to do this can be useful in many other fields. The many recent astronomical discoveries make Astrophysics a particularly interesting branch of Physics to specialise in at the moment, giving the student a chance to observe the working out of some major scientific controversies.

Modules

Year 1: you will study two compulsory courses: physics 1a: foundations and physics and physics 1b: stuff of the universe. You will also be able to choose two courses from other academic areas and will complete a selection of mathematics courses. Year 2: you will study modern physics and physics of fields and matter, supporting mathematics courses will cover algebra, calculus, dynamics and vector calculus and you will be introduced to practical physics, including programming, data analysis and experimental techniques. Year 3: you will study thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism, optics and quantum mechanics. we offer a supporting mathematics course covering fourier analysis, probability and statistics, a computing course on numerical algorithms, and an introductory course to research methods. Computational physics students take further computing courses, and theoretical and mathematical physics students take further mathematics courses. Year 4: in this year there are two final compulsory courses covering relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and condensed matter physics. astrophysics students take compulsory courses in astrophysics and cosmology. There is a choice of optional courses ranging from atmospheric dynamics to macromolecular physics to general relativity. you will also take part in project work. Year 5: for MPhys students, your final year is largely devoted to a research project chosen from a wide range of topics. you will also complete a number of advanced-level courses.

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
43%
57%

Year 1

34%
66%

Year 2

40%
60%

Year 3

35%
65%

Year 4

38%
62%

Year 5

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
73%
24%
3%

Year 1

64%
36%

Year 2

61%
37%
2%

Year 3

59%
23%
18%

Year 4

49%
39%
12%

Year 5

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 77%
Student score 74% LOW
Able to access IT resources

96%

Staff made the subject interesting

77%

Library resources are satisfactory

92%

Feedback on work has been helpful

57%

Feedback on work has been prompt

57%

Staff are good at explaining things

84%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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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
34% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
27% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
2% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
526 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
74% 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 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £24k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals

4%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

4%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

2%

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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