What do you need to get in?
Main entry requirements
Including Maths and Physics
Including Maths and Physics
Including Maths and Physics
If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 88 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.
% applicants receiving offers77%
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.
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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This programme teaches the fundamentals of physics as a core science and will develop your professional skills and expertise for a career in any area of physics, from industrial applications to academic research. You will study core topics in physics, along with option subjects. Practical classes will enhance your familiarity with experimental physics. The Honours sandwich programme also offers an optional year’s paid work experience with an industrial or scientific employer in the UK or abroad. There is high demand for physics graduates, from industries including microelectronic telecommunications, optics and energy. Physicists are also in demand in the public services, including schools and hospitals, the civil service and research laboratories. Graduates work with companies including BAE Systems, Fujitsu, Motorola, and Nikon. The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Course content You will be taught by academics who are specialists in the field, and UWS is one of eight Scottish universities that have formed a research alliance with the aim of placing Scotland at the forefront of physics research. You will study core topics in physics, along with option subjects. During the first three years of the programme, practical classes will enhance your familiarity with the principles and techniques of experimental physics. You will have flexibility in your choice of final degree title. Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject. A representative from Thales Group recently addressed 3rd and 4th year students Year 1 Five core modules include physics and mathematics. One optional module can be chosen from a range of science, engineering or computing-related modules. The physics modules cover the SQA Advanced Higher syllabus. Aspects of atomic physics and thermodynamics are also taught. Year 2 You will branch out to other areas including electronics, vibrations and waves, and mathematical modelling. Practical and professional skills are also developed. Year 3 Core modules include electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic and nuclear physics, and statistical physics. Two optional modules can be chosen from advanced calculus, advanced optics, imaging and nuclear medicine, and applied nuclear technology. (Optional) industrial placement This is an optional year spent in industry or a relevant scientific research laboratory. Year 4 (Honours) Subjects are more advanced developments of those undertaken in Year 3, with additional topics including nuclear and particle physics, solid state physics, ultrasonics and nanotechnology, surface analysis and detectors. You will undertake a project where your knowledge can be applied to an original research problem.
UWS is among the fastest growing institutions, offering modern, job market relevant degree courses to a wide demographic of students through different learning platforms. The Students' Association is on campus to support, enable and represent all students. It also offers the ultimate recreational and safe spaces in our campuses in Ayr, Hamilton and Paisley.
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