|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
|Full-time International||£14,400 per year|
Pure and Applied Physics
School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering
Subject area - Physics
UCAS Code: F310
Start Dates(s): September
BSc Three years full-time
four years with placement
UK - £9250 per year
International - £14,400 per year
- Ideal for students who need extra maths tuition
- 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
- International students can apply
The 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 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. This course is specially designed for students from a non-standard mathematics background.
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. Students on this course also attend additional small group tutorial classes in mathematics allowing tailored study plans to further support understanding and learning. The mathematics assessment regime will be based on continuous assessment including short tests designed to let students learn at their own pace. 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. Optional modules include astrophysics, acoustics and a foreign language.
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. 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 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.
This course is built around a core of compulsory modules that will give a thorough grounding in physics. In addition there are option modules that allow you to add a specialism to your portfolio of knowledge and skills, such as astrophysics and 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 choose to follow any of the physics degree courses within the first year of this degree. For example, you may opt to pursue the single-subject Physics degree. The only difference with Pure And Applied Physics is the additional mathematics help you will receive during your first year (and a more relaxed assessment regime - to let you catch up without worrying about end-of-semester mathematics exams).
You can opt to take an industrial placement year between the second and third years 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.
Select one optional module from below:
Select one optional 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.