|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Full-time International||£14,400 per year|
Physics with Acoustics
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Physics
UCAS Code: F385
Start Dates(s): September
Four years full-time
five years with placement
UK - £9250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options
- The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and benefits from regular lectures from visiting industry professionals with associated case study problems
- World-class acoustics facilities
- International students can apply
In addition to the core focus on physics as detailed under our BSc/MPhys courses, the BSc or MPhys in Physics with Acoustics allows you to study specialist modules in acoustics. The University of Salford has excellent facilities for the study of acoustics, including our anechoic chamber, the quietest place in North West England.
This physics courses at Salford combines a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics, that govern the behaviour of all systems from the very small to the very large, with a specialism in acoustics.
The course is built around a core of physics modules giving a thorough grounding in physics combined with specialist acoustic modules. 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.
In the 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 the second year you will study more 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 whose aims are to design, build and demonstrate a piece of physics related equipment. Specialist acoustics modules include Principles of Acoustics that provides the foundation for other acoustics modules and Digital Signal Processing that provides a grounding in the processing of digital acoustical signals.
In the final year you will study topics including the quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids, nuclear physics, particle physics, relativity, electromagnetic theory and wave optics. Specialist acoustics modules include Speech and Signal Processing, Psychoacoustics and Musical Acoustics. You will also undertake a project in an acoustics related area that can be practical, theoretical or computational in nature (or a mix).
In the final year you will take further advanced modules in subjects including quantum mechanics and solid state physics as well as courses reflecting physics 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 in acoustics, this can be theoretical, computational or practical and is undertaken in collaboration with active acoustics researchers utilising research equipment such as the anechoic chamber and associated equipment.
You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your second and third year of your degree course. You will arrange your placement with our support. This has a number of benefits: you will improve your employment prospects after graduation, you get to see the physics you have learned in action, they are often paid positions, and many of our industrial placement students ultimately improve their degree classification over their second year results to receive top class degrees.
Please note, exact modules may vary in order to keep content current. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the modules you will study on or before the start of the programme.