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Main entry requirements
AAA, to include Mathematics and Physics. EPQ Offer: AAB, to include Mathematics at Grade A and Physics at grade A, and grade A or A* in the EPQ A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking, and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.
AAAAA, including Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher Level.
Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 34, with 18 points required at Higher Level: including 6 points from Mathematics and 6 points from Physics. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering Admissions Office at email@example.com for more information.
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 144 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
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Tuition fee & financial support£9,250
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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Students undertake four years of study, with key topics including practical photonics, light, matter, coherent light, coherent matter, lasers and spectroscopy. Each year there are compulsory modules, but around a quarter of your study will optional modules, enabling you to tailor the degree to your own interests. In your third and fourth year we offer numerous optional modules that reflect the specialist areas relevant to your course and key areas that will be critical in the future within the overall context of Physics and Astronomy. We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment by adding transferrable skills into learning and teaching, right from the first lecture. Our flexible learning programme also allows you to personalise your learning by choosing interdisciplinary modules or modules from other programmes such as modern languages, law and management. For further details on optional modules available: http://www.phys.soton.ac.uk/programmes/f369-mphys-physics-photonics-4-yrs#modules
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