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University of Nottingham

Physics with Nanoscience

UCAS Code: F391
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Physics
Student score
92% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% MED
Average graduate salary
£25.5k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Including Mathematics, Physics and one other academic subject at A level, or equivalent, excluding General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship Studies. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.

Scottish Highers

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Advanced Higher grades AA including Maths and Physics.

BTEC Diploma

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with A level grades AA including Maths and Physics. A pass in the practical element is required for this qualification if assessed separately.

International Baccalaureate

including 6,6,6 in Higher level subjects to include both Physics and Mathematics.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144-152 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


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


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 Nottingham Nanoscience Group is internationally recognised for its research in areas such as self-assembly and self-organisation, single-atom manipulation, and molecular nanostructures. This course, which combines modules from both physics and nanoscience, provides you with the highest quality training informed by the latest developments in of scientific discovery. Furthermore, we understand the importance of the practical application of theoretical knowledge; therefore you will gain hands-on experience during practical classes throughout the course. These will take place in our modern laboratories, including specialist nanoscience land physics laboratories equipped with the latest technological developments to facilitate your study and research.


Your first year will give you a solid foundation of knowledge in physics and nanoscience, with typical modules covering both the fundamentals and frontiers of physics, complemented by mathematics and laboratory modules. Your second year will build upon this foundation: you’ll take the Force and Function at the Nanoscale and Molecular Biophysics modules alongside your study of a range of core topics in physics. The third year involves a major research project where you will gain hands-on experience of experimental, theoretical or computational research problems in nanoscale physics. Similarly, in the fourth and final year, you will have the opportunity to work in a nanoscience research laboratory based within the school and/or with collaborators in other institutions.

University of Nottingham

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A world-leading University attracting some of the brightest minds from the UK and abroad to study on vibrant campuses here, and internationally. Surrounded by an amazing city, University of Nottingham students have an incredible time making friends and getting the best education. The University is ranked in the top 1% of all universities worldwide.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 96%
Student score 92% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



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
9% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
17% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
473 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
84% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
2% 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 91% MED
Average graduate salary £25.5k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


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 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.
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