Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options
Regular lectures from visiting industry professionals
Third year of study in the US
This course is built around a core of compulsory modules that will give a thorough grounding in physics. In addition to the core focus on physics as detailed under the BSc/MPhys, this course will offer you the opportunity to study at either the University of Toledo in Ohio or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We have been sending students to North America for their third year for over 10 years, and all have found it a positive and rewarding experience that helped them build confidence and widen their cultural experience.
This course is built around a core of compulsory modules that will give a thorough grounding in physics, in addition there are optional modules that allow you to add a specialism to your portfolio of knowledge and skills, such as astrophysics or PC interfacing. 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.
For the third year of your degree you will have the choice of studying at either the University of Toledo in Ohio or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We have been sending students to north America for their third year for over 10 years, and all have found it a positive and rewarding experience that helped them build confidence and widen their cultural experience.
You can also opt to take an industrial placement year in between the second and third year of your 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 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.
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||300-320 points|
|GCE A level||300-320 points including grade B in Mathematics and Physics|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDD|
|Scottish Highers||320 points; Advanced Mathematics and Physics.|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||300 points including Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Higher level.|
|International Baccalaureate||30 points 5 points each from Mathematics and Physics at Higher level|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.
We are looking for students who have solid results in physics and mathematics, and have a keen and enquiring mind. You will be eager to broaden your horizons and cultural experience by taking this study abroad option in North America.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Jos Hirst the Director of Admissions for further information.
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.
Recent employers of graduates from this course include: ADT, British Nuclear Fuels, European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) Astrium, Gabriel Scientific Consultancy, and the Royal Air Force.
The following companies are partnered with Salford Physics courses. They not only consult on the development of the course but contribute annual seminars, research project opportunities and work placements: Atkins Global, Technium OpTIC, Pilkington, Nuvia, Royal Navy, Astrium, BPD Acoustics, Nanoco Technologies, Salford Royal Hospital, BAE Systems, Centre for Alternative Technology, IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing, NPower, Serco and TDA (Training and Development Agency for Schools)
These companies give added value to the course, making industrial skills and knowledge from a wide range of industries available to you from the very start of your degree. An industrial placement, usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, is an excellent way to improve your employability after graduation.
90% of students say they believe they have improved their career prospects as a result of their courseNSS 2010
|Type of Study||Fee|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Four years full-time
five years with placement