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University of Reading

Physics of the Environment with Placement Year

UCAS Code: FH30

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

including B in Mathematics and B in Physics

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

including at least 15 level 3 credits in Mathematics and at least 15 level 3 credits in Physics

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers, our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

Higher Level Mathematics at grade 5 and Higher level Physics at grade 5

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

Mathematics at grade B and Physics at grade B

UCAS Tariff

128-147

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Atmospheric physics

This four-year degree course includes an industry placement or a year's study at a university abroad.

Apply your knowledge of maths and physics to the natural world to examine the inner workings of today's environmental issues, and kick-start your career with a professional placement year.

Explore the physics behind the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and the Earth's crust, as well as space weather and the Sun. You will also develop an understanding of key environmental issues, including atmospheric pollution and climate change, from a physics perspective. This knowledge is essential for tackling many of the problems facing the planet today.

Across the three years, you will gain a thorough grounding in key mathematical and scientific principles, such as nuclear physics and environmental chemistry, and be able to select optional modules according to your interests. These will enable you to specialise in areas such as earth sciences, oceanography, hydrology, space weather or atmospheric science.

Our small, specialist department offers an enviable 1:2 staff to student ratio. You will be taught by world leaders in their fields, some of whom are Nobel Prize winners, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaders and Fellows of the Royal Society. Take advantage of the Department's close links to industry and a range of other opportunities to enhance your employability.

Teaching is divided between lectures and practical work - with the ratio depending on options selected. You will have the opportunity to carry out a range of experiments using our extensive fluid dynamics and instrument labs, and atmospheric observatory. You will also carry out an independent research project, working closely with a member of staff on a topic of your choice.

In your final year, you will have the option of attending a summer field study trip to the Isle of Arran.

The Department benefits from a specialist placement officer and strong links with industry. Many students carry out work experience during the summer vacation with popular destinations including the Met Office and EDF Trading.

**Careers**

In our greener economy, graduates who can understand, model and predict environmental changes are increasingly in demand. Move into areas such as water resource management, environmental consultancy, energy supply, flood modelling, pollution predication or terrestrial and space weather forecasting.

Major employers of environmental physics graduates include government agencies (e.g. UK Met Office and Environment Agency), and the power, utilities, transport, agriculture and health sectors.The finance, management consultancy and insurance sectors will be another option, given your problem-solving and numeracy skills. Or, you could choose to enter teacher training.

The degree is also a stepping stone to PhD study, and your solid grounding in fundamental physics will enable you to research topics beyond those linked to the environment and climate.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

* Atomic and nuclear physics
* Global environmental chemistry
* Physics of the natural world
* Weather and climate fundamentals
* Calculus

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£20,315
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physical sciences

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
58%
Male students
42%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


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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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Natural and social science professionals
11%
Science, engineering and production technicians
9%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

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