School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Physics
UCAS Code: F303
Start Dates(s): September
Four years full-time
Five years with placement
UK - £9,250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options
- This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and benefits from regular lectures from visiting industry professionals
- You will be taught by active researchers ensuring that course content is robust and current
- International students can apply
Physics underpins much in our everyday lives from the structure of the universe to your digital watch. Basic magnetism has led to life saving equipment such as CAT and MRI scanners and photonics research has led to CFDs, LEDs and barcode scanners. In fact, much of today’s technology is founded in physics.
Our physics courses combine a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics that govern the behaviour of all systems from the very small to the very large, with applications in modern technologies underpinned by these laws. The course is built around a core of compulsory modules giving a thorough grounding in physics. You will also take part in group projects that will allow you to develop your team working, problem solving, communication and presentation skills; all desirable within the industrial and research communities.
Physics is widely considered to be a challenging subject and so here at Salford we place great emphasis on small group teaching so that you feel fully supported and able to ask questions, after all, all the best physicists have enquiring minds.
A unique part of our physics degree is our emphasis on employer engagement. We consulted professional physicists from industry when we designed this course to ensure that the content we are teaching you is robust and will prepare you for the world of work. Additionally, physicists working in industry also drop by to give guest seminars and set real life problems for you to work on. Due to the analytical and problem solving nature of physics, this degree opens doors to a wide range of careers. Previous graduates have commonly found employment in the following sectors: medical physics, defence, finance, research, education, engineering and nuclear. As a Salford graduate you will have no shortage of skills to take you into a successful, exciting career.
Choosing this pathway means that you will study for 4 years (5 with placement year) and you will graduate with a Masters level degree.
In your first year you will be introduced to the whole breadth of physics including classical physics, quantum physics, particle physics and relativity. In addition you will study further mathematical techniques and the use of computers to solve mathematical problems. Lectures and tutorial classes are complemented by practical laboratories used to reinforce an understanding of the laws of physics and their application. This teaching is further complemented by exposure to possible careers in physics through weekly seminars delivered by employers of physics graduates. These seminars are complemented by a problem based learning laboratory where you will embark on open ended group based exercises designed to enhance problem solving skills.
In your second year you will study topics in physics at an advanced level including classical and quantum wave phenomena, statistical physics and the properties of matter and electromagnetism. You will learn how to use computers to solve problems in physics as well as interfacing computers to experiments. In the practical laboratory you will undertake experiments linked to the curricula as well as undertaking a group project with the aim of designing, building and demonstrating a piece of physics related equipment. Optional modules include astrophysics, acoustics and a foreign language.
In your third year you will study topics including the quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids, nuclear physics, particle physics, relativity, electromagnetic theory and wave optics. Optional modules include photonics, nanotechnology, theoretical physics, musical acoustics and a foreign language. You will also undertake an individual project that can be practical, theoretical or computational in nature (or a mix). Projects can be tailored to your interests or career ambitions and can be carried on into the fourth year.
In your final year you will complete advanced modules in subjects including quantum mechanics and solid state physics, as well as courses reflecting research specialisms at Salford including Thin Film Technologies and Materials Characterisation. These modules have lecture, tutorial and laboratory based components. A significant part of the final year is a Research Project; this can be theoretical, computational or practical and is undertaken in collaboration with active researchers utilising research equipment.
You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between the second and third year of your degree course. You will arrange your placement with our support. Placements have a number of benefits:
- You will improve your employment prospects after graduation
- You get to see the physics you have learned in action
- Positions are often paid
- Many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.