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Coventry University

Physics

UCAS Code: F301

Master of Physics - MPhys

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

to include Mathematics and one from Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics. Excludes General Studies.

Considered on an individual basis.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at grade 4 / C or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

31

to include 5 points in Physics at Higher Level and a minimum of Standard level Mathematics.

Considered on an individual basis.

UCAS Tariff

128

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Theoretical physics

Studying a physics degree at Coventry University will provide you with the opportunity to delve into the laws governing the universe, from a microscopic (particles and atoms) to an astronomical scale (planets and galaxies), and much more. A degree in physics may also open the door to a huge range of rewarding careers.

Technological advances such as the current digital revolution, quantum computing, and holographic screens were driven by the curiosity of generations of scientists investigating the fundamental principles of physics. Future advances, will likewise, depend on our evolving understanding of physics. Since ancient times, critical thinking has been at the heart of all physical theory. It is a tradition in physics to question everything, to take nothing for granted, to test theory against experiments until one reaches a coherent and satisfying model of the world around us.

Studying this exciting subject will provide you with the opportunity to develop practical, experimental and strong problem-solving skills. This may open the door, not only to careers in all areas of science, engineering and teaching, but thanks to the transferable nature of the skills developed, physics graduates are also much appreciated in areas as diverse as data science, actuarial science, finance and banking.

Coventry University has long-standing research in many areas of theoretical and experimental physics: Fluid Mechanics, Magneto Hydrodynamics, Materials Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, Nanophysics, Cosmology and Lasers, to mention a few.

**Key Course Benefits**

* You will be taught by staff who have a passion for science and a strong desire to share their knowledge (please note, staff are subject to change).

* Research staff - 86% of our research outputs were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

* Coventry University currently has extensive industry links with potential future employers and placement opportunities with companies that have previously included National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals and Morgan Stanley financial services.

Modules

The course is built around the following main themes:

* Statistical Mechanics: including Critical Phenomena and Phase Transition, Soft Condensed Matter Fluid Dynamics: including Advanced Fluid Mechanics, Scientific Programming: including Programming for Physics, Intermediate Programming and Computational Physics.

The current research and teaching teams have strong expertise in all keys areas listed above. Through the study of those modules you will have the opportunity to develop important transferable skills including both group and individual work, time management, critical reflection of your own and others work as well as written and verbal presentation to both experts and non-experts.

For more information about what you will study, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Coventry University

Department:

School of Computing, Electronics and Maths

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Physics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A*
B

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.

£18,720
low
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
47%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Other elementary services occupations
13%
Science, engineering and production technicians
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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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