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University of Portsmouth

Physics

UCAS Code: FF33

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

Entry requirements


104 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, with Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics at grade C.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44, to include a Principal Subject in Physics or Mathematics at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade C or above, or equivalent/GCSE English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above, or equivalent.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics. 4 points from Standard Level English and Mathematics (if not passed at GCSE grade C or above).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

To include Higher Level Mathematics, Physics or Electronics at H3.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

Must be in a Science based subject and contain substantial components of Mathematics and Physics.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Must be in a Science based subject and contain substantial components of Mathematics and Physics.

104 Tariff points to include Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104

104 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from A level Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics.

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Physics

**Overview**
Do you like the idea of applying new technologies to solve complex problems? Are you interested in the how and why of creation?

Physics is the most fundamental of sciences. Quantum Theory and Relativity Theory challenge our imaginations as they reveal the amazing counterintuitive world that lies behind appearances. Advances in physics continue to lead to new technologies that change our world and forge a path to a brighter future.

You’ll graduate with strong mathematical, analytical, problem-solving and computational abilities that are in high demand in sectors like financial services, aerospace development and publishing. You can also go on to postgraduate study or further research.

**On this course you'll:**
- Study topics including the fabrication of new bulk and nano-materials, and the application of fundamental quantum effects in the development of quantum information processes

- Have the chance to do an industry-based major research project under supervision of a leading physicist

- Make the most of our links to industry through the Portsmouth Physics Industry Advisory Board

- Access our newly built laboratory facilities, the home of new advanced testing equipment

- Get support from highly skilled academic, research and technical staff

- Get to grips with exciting technologies including Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM)

- Use LabVIEW software – the same software CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) use to run the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator

- Study at a university where physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the latest Government-backed REF (Research Excellence Framework)

- Contribute to the work of our research groups by taking part in a major final-year project

**Work experience and career planning**
Our Careers and Employability service can help you plan your career and find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies and set you up for your future career.

**Placement year**
After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Previous students have done placements in large organisations such as:
- BAE Systems

- Airbus

- QinetiQ

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

**Careers and opportunities**
After the course you could continue your studies by doing a PhD or other postgraduate qualification, join a graduate training scheme or go straight into employment.

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to roles in areas such as:
- defence communications

- medical physics

- electronics

- energy

- aerospace

- scientific journalism

- teaching

- finance

Whichever path you choose post-graduation, our careers and employability team will provide help and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

Modules

Key subjects covered in the first year include mathematical physics and dynamics, computational physics, electricity and magnetism, space science and modern laboratory techniques and skills. Alongside this you’ll learn the relevant practical and problem-solving skills, such as computational techniques that will be an important tool throughout your course. The second year establishes much of the core curriculum but also allows a choice of energy or astrophysics units. Part of the third year consists of a field or laboratory project that enables you to investigate and find a solution to a well-defined and often environmental problem. In addition, there are a variety of optional units to choose from.

Assessment methods

There is a variety ways in which you are assessed including coursework, practical work (both laboratory and field based), presentations, production of posters and portfolios and a research based final-year project.

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
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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.

77%
low
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
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

87%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

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.

£22,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Engineering professionals
10%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Science, engineering and production technicians
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.

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