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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 12 level 3 credits in Mathematics and at least 12 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

Physics

Apply your knowledge of maths and physics to the natural world, and explore the inner workings of today's environmental issues, on our BSc Physics of the Environment with Placement Year course.

Through this degree you can 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.

The first year of the course will provide you with a thorough grounding in key mathematical techniques and scientific principles, such as nuclear physics and environmental chemistry. During your second and final years you will be able to select optional modules, tailoring the course to suit your interests. These will enable you to specialise in areas such as earth sciences, oceanography, hydrology, space weather or atmospheric science.

As part of our small, specialist department, you will benefit from an enviable 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. We also have a Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, appointed by the monarch. The University is 1 of only 19 in the UK to have been awarded one of these prestigious positions. You'll also benefit from the Department's close links to industry and a range of opportunities to enhance your employability.

Teaching is divided between lectures and practical work, but the ratio depends 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. During your final year you will have the option of attending a summer field study trip to the Isle of Arran. You will also carry out an independent research project, working closely with a member of staff on a topic of your choice.

**Placement**

This four-year degree course includes an industry placement or a year's study at a university abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop valuable professional skills and experience. 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 a greener economy, graduates who can understand, model and predict environmental changes are increasingly in demand. You could move into areas such as water resource management, environmental consultancy, energy supply, flood modelling, pollution predication or terrestrial and space weather forecasting. Government agencies, such as the UK Met Office and Environment Agency, are major employers of environmental physics graduates, as are the power, utilities, transport, agriculture and health sectors.

In addition to careers related to the environment, your problem solving and numeracy skills will allow you to move into the finance, management consultancy and insurance sectors. Alternatively, 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, Physical and Computational Sciences

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UK students
12%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students

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B

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