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Physics

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

112-128 points to include 32 points from an A level in Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics, or equivalent.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Science).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, 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,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


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

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

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

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

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

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

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

112-128 Tariff points to include Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics at grade D.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points to include 32 points from an A level in Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics, or equivalent.

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 | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

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.

**Accredited by:**
This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

**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

Year 1
Core modules include:
- Electricity and magnetism
- Introduction to computational physics
- Introduction to laboratory and field physics
- Introduction to mathematical physics 1
- Introduction to mathematical physics 2
- Space science and applications of physics

Year 2
Core modules include:
- Introduction to modern physics and astrophysics
- Mathematical Physics
- Thermodynamics and statistical physics

Optional modules include:
- Computational physics
- Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
- Mechanics and Dynamics
- Practical laboratory and field physics
- Universe: Planetary systems, stars and galaxies

Placement year (optional)

Year 3:
Core modules include:
- Quantum mechanics and quantum information
- Solid state physics and detectors

Optional modules include:
- Group project
- Health physics
- Introduction to general relativity and cosmology
- Introduction to multiferroic materials and their applications
- Mathematical methods for physics
- Nanoscale surface physics
- Particle physics
- Project
- Undergraduate ambassador

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of 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

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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.

83%
med
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

72%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
62%
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

72%
Library resources
62%
IT resources
69%
Course specific equipment and facilities
55%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

Physical science

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.

£21,164
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
med
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

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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