Physics with Studies in North America
MPhys (Hons)

Industrial Placement
Overseas study available
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Physics with Studies in North America at Salford

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Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options

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Regular lectures from visiting industry professionals

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Third year of study in the US

Course Summary

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.

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Course Details

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.

Course Structure

Year 1

Delivered through lectures, problem-based learning and laboratory sessions, in this module you will be introduced to the following subjects: classical dynamics, static and dynamic charges, fundamentals of quantum mechanics, fundamentals of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics.
Delivered through key note lectures, tutorial and problem-based learning classes and practical laboratory sessions, in this module you will be introduced to the following subjects: thermodynamics, microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter, fundamentals of waves and geometrical optics and wave optics.
Being able to apply your scientific knowledge and thinking to unfamiliar problems is a key skill for success in industry and research. By introducing you to this skill, along with other important skills identified by our industrial and academic partners, they will become second nature, giving you a head start in your chosen career.
An understanding of and ability to use mathematics are essential skills for success in physics. This module will review A level mathematics covering the following subjects: algebra, trigonometry, functions, geometry, vectors, complex numbers and calculus, with emphasis on their applications to physics.
Building on the subject knowledge from the Mathematics for Physics module, you will further your knowledge of differential equations and series with emphasis on their applications to physics and develop your awareness of the importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of physics. You will be introduced to the use spreadsheets, computing programming and symbolic computing.

Year 2

Select one module from below:

Year 3

Year in Toledo

Year 4

In this module you will be introduced to use of group theoretic methods in quantum mechanical problems and instructed in formal statement of symmetry properties and their use to label states and formulate selection rules. Subjects include: many particle wavefunctions, quasiparticles, matrix formulation of quantum mechanics, and angular momentum and intrinsic spin.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualification Entry requirements
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

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

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.

English Language Requirements

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.

Applicant profile

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.

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Keynote Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory
  • Problem Based Learning

Assessment

  • Exams - 70%
  • Continual assessment (tests, coursework and lab reports) 30%

Employability

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.

Links with Industry

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

Further Study

Fees and Funding