Physics with Foundation Year
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Physics
UCAS Code: F305
Start Dates(s): September
One year foundation plus three years full-time for the degree or
one year foundation plus four years full-time for the degree with placement year
- A bespoke foundation year tailored to develop your skills and understanding in physics and maths in order to succeed in later years
- Strong links with industry and regular seminars from visiting industry professionals
- Problem solving skills developed throughout the course open up diverse career opportunities in research, science based industry, business teaching and finance
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.
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.
This course provides an alternative entry route on to our BSc (Hons) Physics degree and other related physics courses. This Foundation Year will provide you with a broad introduction to physics, maths, laboratory and IT skills. It is ideal for students who may not have reached the required level in A levels or BTEC study or those who have chosen a new direction for their studies.
On successful completion of the Foundation Year you will go on to study the same curriculum as the standard physics degree course. It is possible to transfer to the MPhys course after successfully completing the first year of the full degree.
The Foundation Year of the four-year programme aims to provide understanding of the key subjects in physics to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. The key areas of study will be effective communication and study skills combined with key subjects in physics. Furthermore, you will cover essential mathematics and gain the correct skill set for success on the related physics course. Following completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of your selected degree for the remaining three years of your course.
Full Physics BSc (Hons) Degree
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.
In the first year of the full degree 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 of the full degree 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. Optional modules include astrophysics, acoustics and a foreign language.
In the final year of the BSc you will study topics including the quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids, nuclear physics, particle physics, relativity, electromagnetic theory and wave optics. Optional courses include photonics, nanotechnology, theoretical physics, musical acoustics and a foreign language. You will also undertake a significant final year project that can be practical, theoretical or computational in nature (or a mix). Projects can be tailored to your interests or career ambitions.
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.