BSc (Hons)

Industrial Placement
International Students can apply

3 good reasons to study Physics at Salford


Outstanding 100% student satisfaction rate for this course (NSS 2016)


Regular lectures from visiting industry professionals


Wide range of exciting specialisms and career options

Course Summary

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. Photonics research has led to CFDs, LEDs and barcode scanners. In fact, much of today’s technology is founded in physics.

A unique part of the Salford Physics degree is our emphasis on employer engagement. Professional physicists from employer organisations have been consulted on the design of this degree and visit the course to give seminars and set real life problems for you to work on. As a Salford graduate you will have no shortage of skills to take you into a successful, exciting career.

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BSc (Hons) Physics student Daniel talks about life at Salford.

Course Details

This course is built around a core of compulsory modules that will give you 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.

You can opt to take an industrial placement year in between your 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 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 Mathematics for Physics module you will further you 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 of spreadsheets, computing programming and symbolic computing.

Year 2

Select one module from the below:

Year 3

Select one module from below:

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
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C or above.
GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C or above
UCAS tariff points 104-112 points
GCE A level 104-112 points including grade C or above in Maths and Physics. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DMM
Scottish Highers 104-112 points; Advanced Higher Mathematics at grade C and Physics at grade C; Higher CSYS Mathematics and Physics also required.
Irish Leaving Certificate 104-112 points including Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Higher Level.
International Baccalaureate 28 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

If you have solid results in Physics and Mathematics, a keen and enquiring mind and want a wide range of career options available to you on graduation, this is the degree for you.

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 Ian Morrison for more information.


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


  • Exams
  • Continual assessment (tests, coursework and lab reports)


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.

Alumni Profile

Andy Glover - BSc Physics, 2001

Employer: Nuvia Ltd

"I currently work in the field of radiation protection, for five years working in the shielding assessment section of BNFL (now Sellafield ltd) using monte carlo and point kernel codes to simulate the effects of shielding on radioactive sources, and more recently working for Nuvia Ltd at Windscale as a health physicist, part of the Approved Dosimetry Service for the National Nuclear Laboratory facility on site and radiation protection training courses.

The Physics course from Salford University was very interesting and inspiring. As well as giving a common grounding in physics, from electrodynamics, and optics, to nuclear physics, it also presented them in a practical and interesting light. For my final year project I was able to investigate the feasibility of an electromagnetic launcher for space applications, constructing a launcher which could fire projectiles successfully using capacitors discharging through electromagnetic coils. In my current role of radiation protection at Windscale, the principles learnt throughout the course are put to daily use."

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.

Further Study

Fees and Funding

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Full-time£9250 per year
Full-time International£14,400

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.


A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.

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