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Pure and Applied Physics

BSc (Hons)

School - School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Subject area - Physics

UCAS Code: F310

Start Dates(s): September

Duration:

BSc Three years full-time
four years with placement

Fees:

UK - £9250 per year

International - £14,400 per year

In Brief:

  • 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

Course Summary

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.

Foundation Year available

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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 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.

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 104-112 points including A level grade C in physics. You must have some post GCSE study of maths. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma DMM
International Baccalaureate 25 points, 5 points from Physics at higher level and 4 points from Mathematics 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 with a keen and enquiring mind.

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.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Tuition fees for Home/EU students beginning their course in September 2018 will be announced as soon as they are confirmed by the UK Government. Tuition fees for 2017 were £9,250 per annum for Home/EU students; we expect this figure to rise slightly for 2018.

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

Additional costs

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study including:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • Salford Student Bursary

For more information please see our funding section.

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.

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.

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