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University of Exeter

Physics with Study in New Zealand

UCAS Code: F308

Master of Physics - MPhys

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A-A,A,B

Excluding General Studies At least one grade A and a grade B in Maths and Physics

Access to HE Diploma

D:36

Pass the Access to with 18 L3 credits at distinction grade in Physics and 18 L3 credits at distinction grade in Maths. An A-level style Maths test may be required as part of an interview and please contact us for further guidance on our equivalencies and specific module requirements. Please also see our GCSE requirements.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38-34

Applicants will be considered with IB 38-34 OR 766 or 665 in three Higher Level subjects. All applicants will be required to have at least Grade 5 in either HL Maths or Physics and Grade 6 in either HL Maths or Physics.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

D*DD-DDD

Distinction*, Distinction, Distinction - Distinction, Distinction, Distinction At least one grade A and a grade B in Maths and Physics required

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A-A,B,B

At least one grade A and a grade B in Maths and Physics required

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,A-A,A,A,B,B


At least one grade A and a grade B in Maths and Physics required

UCAS Tariff

136-168

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

83%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Physics

In the Study Abroad programmes you will broaden your experience by studying physics in a new cultural environment in your third year. The core programme is similar to the physics programmes offered entirely in Exeter (e.g. MPhys Physics), but includes alternative options. We have agreements with physics departments at Iowa State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of New Mexico in the USA; the University of Sydney and the University of Wollongong in Australia; and Massey University and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. You will return to Exeter in your final year, to take further modules and carry out a research project in one of our research groups.

Key Information for your year abroad
•You will undertake your year abroad in pairs
•You will meet with the Study Abroad Co-ordinator to discuss in detail the arrangements for your year abroad by the end of the Spring Term of year 2
•You will have the opportunity to express a preference for which host institution you wish to attend
•Normally you will have ample time for travelling around your host country
•There is a physics co-ordinator at each host institution available to provide academic and pastoral support
•The fees for the third year are charged at 15% of the full fee, i.e. £1350 in 2015 (£9000 normally)
•You will pay your fees to Exeter, and there is no further fee to pay to the institution that you visit
•You will remain in regular email contact with us while abroad
•The courses taken abroad are broadly similar to those that run during the third year for Exeter students
•You will choose your year 4 MPhys project before you leave, undertake a background report while abroad, and your project work is concentrated into Year 4 (normally spread between years 3 and 4)
•The host institutions offer physics options not available in Exeter, such as astronomy practicals: Kansas has a telescope on campus, and New Mexico has one out in the desert which ensures clear skies. Other options include Space Physics, and the physics of weather
•US students are encouraged to take humanities options

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£22,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Exeter (Exeter Campuses)

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.

85%
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

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

94%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A
459

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
85%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
9%
Natural and social science 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

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

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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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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