Major in Physics

BSc, 3-4 years

This is for you if... you want to combine the study of Physics with another subject.

Course Description

As a Physics student you will acquire an appreciation of the scope and impact of modern physics and the use of mathematics, computing and experimentation to solve important real-world problems.

Our Physics Major includes all of the core physics and maths modules of our (single honours) Physics BSc degrees. All our Physics students study the same core of fundamental physics and mathematics, based on Institute of Physics (IOP) 'core of physics' material. This includes classical dynamics, waves and fields, electromagnetism, special relativity, thermodynamics, quantum and atomic physics.

Key Facts
Typical offer
AAB including Maths and Physics
UCAS code
F301
Start date
September 2017
Contact
Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
seadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 3575
physug@le.ac.uk

Department of Physics and Astronomy website

Why Leicester?

We are a top 5 Physics department [Source: Gaurdian league table 2016, 2017] and our degrees are accredited by the UK Institute of Physics (IOP).

We host a 500 core supercomputer for undergraduate use plus a 3618 core research machine. We also host part of DiRAC, the UK’s supercomputing facility for particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.

We have an excellent staff-student ratio (among the best in the UK) [Source: Guardian league tables 2016, 2017] and we operate an open door policy. This means teaching staff make themselves available throughout the day for you to get the support you need.

In the Physics Challenge module, third year students work in teams to solve problems requiring imagination, estimation or approximation. Like many real-world problems, there are often no right answers but the teams compete to find and present the best answers.

Course Structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

  • Dynamics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Light and Matter
  • Mathematical Physics 1.1
  • Mathematical Physics 1.2
  • Waves and Quanta

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Modules

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Laboratory Physics 1
  • Mathematical Physics 2.1
  • Mathematical Physics 2.2
  • Scientific Inference

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

Year in Industry or Abroad (optional)

If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

NB. A year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

Year Abroad

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Leicester has links with these universities. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships.

Year in Industry

An industrial placement is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience of a professional working environment, between your second and third years of study. By enhancing your degree with an industrial placement, you can make yourself a more attractive proposition to employers after you graduate.

You'll benefit from real-world experience in a commercial setting, enabling you to make an easier transition from studying to working after you finish your degree. You'll gain invaluable insight into a potential career path, as well as strengthening your CV significantly in preparation for entering the graduate labour market. On top of all this, you'll be paid a salary for your placement, which gives you greater financial flexibility as well as offsetting the cost of the extra year.

For further information, please visit the Industrial Placement pages on the College of Science and Engineering website.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

In your final year you will continue to study core areas of modern theoretical and experimental physics while having the opportunity to examine current research issues and to develop skills that are appropriate to your chosen career. You will study modules on the fundamental nature of atomic and sub-atomic matter, quantum mechanics and the quantum nature of light and lasers. In this year you will also partake in more advanced experimental and computation physics projects and you will have the opportunity to choose a research project based on theoretical, experimental or applied physics. 

Modules

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Atoms and Nuclei
  • Radiation and Matter
  • Physics Challenge
  • Experimental Physics 2
  • Workshops and Projects (incl. Skills Elective 1)
  • Skills Elective 2 

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Major/Minor Degrees

    On a Major/Minor degree, 75% of your course will be your Major (in this case Physics) and 25% will be your Minor.

    Restrictions

    There are no restrictions on which Minors you can study with a Major in Physics.

    Now choose your Minor

    Teaching and Assessment

    You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, lab sessions, seminars, workshop classes and project work. Training in scientific computing and programming is built into each degree.

    Assessment includes exams and course work (such as workshop and seminar problem classes). Lab work is primarily assessed in real time and project work is assessed through written reports and oral presentations.

    You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.

     

    Research Stories

    Entry Requirements

    • A/AS-levels: AAB including Physics and Maths
    • Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at level 3, including some credits in Physics and Maths at distinction.
    • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 32 points, including at least 5 in both Physics and Maths at Higher Level
    • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM, plus subject requirements and B at A-level Maths

    Other national and international qualifications considered.

    If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester. 

    Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

    Selection Process

    Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

    International Qualifications

    Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

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    Fees and Funding

    • Starting in 2017

      An inflationary increase (2.8% based on RPIX*) in tuition fees and student support loans has been announced by the Government for 2017. This is still subject to formal parliamentary approval however, if approved, fees for 2017/18 entry could rise to £9,250 in 2017/18. 

      After 2017/18, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation (RPIX) and is subject to government regulations.

      (*RPIX is a measure of inflation in the UK, equivalent to all items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.) 

    • Starting in 2017

      • To be confirmed
      Find out more about scholarships and funding.

    Career Opportunities

    Careers

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    Course Qualification Duration UCAS Code Availability
    Major in Physics BSc 3-4 years F301 Apply Now
    Course
    Major in Physics
    Qualification
    BSc
    Duration
    3-4 years
    UCAS Code
    F301
    Availability

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