The teaching on Salford's Physics degrees is recognised to be of outstanding quality. A unique element is the high level of employer engagement involved. Courses are informed by the internationally excellent theoretical and applied research undertaken by Physics staff who lead the theoretical and applied research groups of the Materials and Physics Research Centre.
Physics degrees at Salford are highly careers-focused. Physics was awarded a score of 23/24 points in the last official UK University Subject Review by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education for the Quality of its Teaching. This score means that our courses, our teaching, and the learning environment that we provide are amongst the best in the country.
In the 2010 National Students Survey Physical Sciences at the University of Salford gained an outstanding 96% score in Student Satisfaction.
Physics courses and accreditation
We run undergraduate courses in Physics, Physics with Acoustics, Physics with Studies in North America, and Pure and Applied Physics, with pathways including the Open University's Open Plus scheme and entry via a Foundation Year. Our Physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics, and so lead to recognised qualification as a physicist; 3 or 4 year options are available.
Careers in Physics
Career opportunities for physics graduates are many and varied, and are typically available in sectors including Physics and Technology research, the Aerospace industry, Information Technology, the Optics and Laser industries, Acoustics and Teaching. Many graduates work in fields where a numerate background is required, such as banking, stock dealing, other parts of the finance industry, and development of various types of automated systems.
Recent employers of graduates from Salford physics degrees include: ADT, British Nuclear Fuels, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Astrium, Gabriel Scientific Consultancy, and the Royal Air Force.
For a more detailed description of physics graduate employment opportunities, career paths and working life, please visit: Career Directions and Working Life from the Institute of Physics; Typical Job Sectors and Careers Using Physics from physics.org.
Why study physics? Why study physics at Salford?
Physics underpins much in our everyday lives: basic magnetism led to CAT, PET and MRI scanners, photonics led to CD's, LED displays and barcode scanners. In fact much of technology today - mobile phones, solar panels, hydrogen cars, computer technology, music technology and many more - is founded in physics. As a result physicists are in great demand in almost every walk of life.
Whether you will eventually run your own business, or play a vital part in an established institute or company, there is a diverse range of employment sectors to choose from. For example, here is how Alex Seeley - a Tax Adviser at Ernst & Young - described the skills that a physicist develops:
"Physicists are excellent strategic thinkers because they can successfully interpret complex information into actionable results that can positively affect organisations. Data collection, extraction and outcomes are core functions for business and such skills are inherent in physics."
Physics at Salford
A unique part of the Salford physics degrees is our emphasis on employer engagement. Professional physicists from employer organisations - like Salford Royal Hospital, the Royal Navy, BDP Acoustics, Atkins Global, and OpTIC Technium - come in to talk about real-life situations of working in industries where physics graduates are sought after. Students are also given problems to solve related to the industry of the guest speaker.
As a Salford physics graduate you will have no shortage of skills. Our teaching methods and physics courses provide you with skills that are relevant in any working environment. As well as being highly numerate, analytical and logical, the chances are that you'll also be a creative thinker - capable of communicating effectively, managing projects and excellent at problem solving and negotiating.