Undergraduate MPhys (Hons)

Physics with Studies in North America

School of Science, Engineering and Environment



With placement


Four year

Five year

Next enrolment

September 2020


In a nutshell

Physics questions, observes, and experiments, to better understand our world. Put a different perspective on this fascinating subject by taking your studies stateside with our MPhys Physics with Studies in North America degree.

This integrated masters pathway offers you the opportunity to study your third year at the University of Toledo, Ohio (USA). Now in its 10th year, this unique opportunity can help you to build confidence and broaden your academic and personal experiences. Beginning your studies exploring the fundamentals of Physics in our nurturing environment at Salford, you’ll then take your studies stateside at the end of year two.

Alongside great Ohio hospitality, you’ll experience unique facilities on your year overseas, including the world famous Ritter Observatory, the state-of-the-art Wright Center for Photovoltaic Innovation and Commercialisation, and the Ohio Supercomputer Cluster.

In the NSS 2020 survey, Physics courses received 90% overall satisfaction [University of Salford analysis of unpublished NSS 2020 data].

You will:
  • Learn the fundamentals of physics and the connecting mathematical principles
  • Explore the whole breadth of physics including classical physics, quantum physics, particle physics and relativity
  • Understand the laws of physics that govern the behaviour of all systems, with application in modern technologies
  • Develop skills desired by industry and academia, including team working, problem solving, communication and presentation skills
  • Gain a cultural experience and use world-class facilities at the University of Toledo, including the famous Ritter Observatory

options available


students accepted

Course accreditations
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This is for you if...


You're passionate about learning and discovery with a strong academic background in physics and mathematics


You have an enquiring mind and you want to take your studies to an advanced level


You're looking for a rewarding education experience with opportunities to study abroad

Course details

All about the course

Our physics courses combine a fundamental understanding of the laws of physics that govern the behaviour of systems of all sizes, alongside an understanding of their applications in modern industry. The course is built around a core of compulsory modules that give you a thorough grounding in physics. We place great emphasis on small group teaching to make you feel fully supported and able to ask the questions.You'll also take part in group projects that will enable you to develop desirable industrial and research skills in team working, problem-solving, communication and presentation skills.

Our MPhys pathway with integrated masters is designed to take enquiring minds further. In year one, you'll explore the fundamentals of physics and the connecting mathematics principles. As you progress into year two, you'll develop an understanding of specialisms such as classical and quantum waves, and properties of matter.

In year three, you'll study abroad at the University of Toledo in North America. Here, you'll explore modules equivalent to the third year core curriculum at Salford alongside specialisms in astronomy and astrophysics which use world-class facilities, such as the Ritter Observatory (a research grade telescope on campus). You can also apply to spend the summer as a research intern in photovoltaics or medical physics. In your final year, you'll return to Salford to complete your final research project and choose from optional modules in advanced quantum mechanics or films and materials characteristics.

Year one

Fundamentals of Physics A

Delivered through lectures, problem-based learning and laboratory sessions, you'll be introduced to the following subjects: classical dynamics, static and dynamic charges, fundamentals of quantum mechanics, fundamentals of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics.

Fundamentals of Physics B

Delivered through key note lectures, tutorial and problem-based learning classes and practical laboratory sessions, you'll be introduced to the following subjects: thermodynamics, microscopic and macroscopic properties of matter, fundamentals of waves and geometrical optics and wave optics.

Frontiers of Physics and Entrepreneurial Skills

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.

Fundamentals of Physics C

In this module you will develop the knowledge and understanding in the area of Electricity, Electronics, Optics and Optoelectronics including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will also develop analytical, numerical and computer based problem solving skills in the above areas. This module will also develop your practical laboratory skills.


You'll develop an awareness of basic mathematical skills and concepts required to appreciate and succeed in understanding acoustics and audio engineering.

Mathematics and Computing

Building on the subject knowledge from the Mathematics 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 two

Classical and Quantum Waves

You will develop a knowledge and critical understanding in the area of classical and quantum waves including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will also gain analytical and numerical problem solving skills in this topic.

Mathematical Methods and Applications

In this module you will develop a knowledge and critical understanding in the area of Mathematics Methods for Physics including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will also develop analytical, numerical and computer based problem solving skills in the area of Mathematical Methods for Physics.

Physics Laboratory

The aims of Physics Laboratory module will allow you to gain breadth and depth in experimental techniques, it will provide you with good knowledge acquisition and analytical technique, it will develop physical principles associated with electrons and physics, you will gain team-work skills within the context of project-based experiments and you will develop good report writing skills.

Properties of Matter

Through this module you will develop a knowledge and critical understanding in the area of the properties of matter including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will also develop analytical and numerical problem solving skills in the area of the properties of matter.

Computing Laboratory

The Computing Laboratory module will help you build on the training in computer programming at L4, and apply this to the solution of physical and engineering problems. It will introduce you to simple numerical techniques of the kind frequently encountered in physical and engineering problems, and the way in which to implement these techniques on the computer. It will enable you to tackle simple non-analytic physical and engineering problems using the numerical methods previously introduced. It will also introduce you to methods of interfacing sensors to computers and computer control of experiments.

Plus one module from below:

DELETE Principles of Acoustics

You will build on your knowledge and skills from the Introduction to acoustics module, to give you a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of acoustics. Subjects include: Fourier's theorem, solutions of 1-D wave equation, acoustic impedance, reflection factor and absorption coefficient, 3-D wave equation, radiation impedance, and behaviour of sound in 3D enclosures.

DELETE Physics Universe: Introduction to Astrophysics

Gain knowledge and critical understanding of astrophysics including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.

University Wide Language Programme

Choose to study a world language in a friendly, supportive environment. Delivered over two semesters, with additional resources available via Blackboard, you will receive around 50 hours of supported learning to help you progress and consolidate your listening, reading, speaking and writing core skills. Available languages include Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Year three

Placement Year

Year in Toledo, USA

Year four

Research Project

You will apply all of the knowledge and skills you have develop don the course by completing a research or development project, under the guidance of a personal supervisor.

Advanced Quantum Mechanics

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. Topics covered include particle wave functions, quasiparticles, matrix formulation of quantum mechanics, and angular momentum and intrinsic spin.

Thin Films and Materials Characteristics

Module content to be confirmed.

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.

What will I be doing?


You will develop your knowledge and skills through a blend of theoretical, collaborative and practical methods:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Lab activities

Lectures and tutorial classes are complemented by practical laboratories which reinforce your understanding of the laws of physics and their application. 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. You;ll also have opportunities to learn about future careers in physics in weekly seminars delivered by physics graduates and industry professionals.


You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

School of Science, Engineering and Environment


Rising to the challenge of a rapidly changing world, our multi-disciplinary courses will shape the next generation of urbanists, scientists, engineers, consultants and conservationists. Shaped by industry and delivered by supportive programme teams, you can develop the skills to become unstoppable in your career. 



You will experience a modern learning environment, enriched with accessible lecture theatres and AV-equipped classrooms, computing suites and multimedia libraries, with access to industry journals, databases, and simulation software. 

As a physics student, you will use our specialist laboratories for electronics, optics, lasers, computing and composite materials. The Joule Physics Laboratories include a purpose-built suite of large, open-space teaching laboratories.

University of Toledo


At the heart of this course is the year abroad at our partner institution the University of Toledo in Ohio (USA) building on over 30 years of successful exchanges. You will be based in the University's Department of Physics and Astronomy, and have access to world-class facilities, such as the Ritter Observatory. 


Employment and stats

What about after uni?


As a Salford physics graduate, you'll have no shortage of exciting career options ahead of you. Due to the analytical and problem-solving nature of physics, this degree can open up a wide range of pathways.

Previous Salford physics graduates have found employment in a diverse range of sectors, including medical physics, defense, finance, research, education, engineering and the nuclear industry.


We offer a range of specialism postgraduate study paths to help you take your career even further. We even offer a generous fee discount to our graduates and alumni.

  • MSc Audio Acoustics
  • MSc Aerospace Engineering

A taste of what you could become

A research scientist

A science teacher

A nanotechnologist

A software engineer

A physicist

And more...

Career Links

We work with a range of organisations to ensure the course content remains relevant, but they also contribute annual seminars, research project opportunities and work placements. Recent organisations include:

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 organisations add value to the course by sharing industrial skills and knowledge with you from the very start of your degree.


What you need to know


This course is designed for someone who is passionate about physics and science in general, but also looking to broaden their learning experience with study overseas. We're looking for applicants with an aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving.


If English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0, with no band below 5.5, is proof of this.


Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.


Standard entry requirements


English Language and Mathematics at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent). You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below

UCAS tariff points

128 UCAS points, including Mathematics and Physics 

A Level

128 UCAS points including grade B in Mathematics and Physics. You must have a Pass in the Practical Element of Science A Levels.

BTEC National Diploma

DDM in Engineering or Science (Science must include Physics and Mathematics)

BTEC Higher National Diploma

DDM in Engineering or Science (Science must include Physics and Mathematics)

Foundation Degree

128 UCAS points

Scottish Highers

128 UCAS Tariff points including B at Advanced Highers. To include specific subjects: Maths and Physics Advanced Highers.

Irish Leaving Certificate

128 UCAS points, including Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate

Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering.

International Baccalaureate

31 Points including Grade 6 in Physics and Maths at Higher Level

Access to HE

Pass with 128 UCAS points from a QAA-approved Science or Engineering course; including 60 credits overall with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 and Distinctions in numerate modules.

Other Qualifications

128 UCAS points

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We positively 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 receive your application, we'll 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.

Please contact Admissions for further information.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £15,240per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2021/22 £15600per year
Additional costs

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

The major additional costs (as of 23 Oct 2019) for the year in Toledo are as follows:

  • Flights – in recent years has been between £900 and £1,000 return (travel is during the August peak period and the ticket is a flexi return).
  • Visa – currently $340 (approx. £265); in addition all applicants must attend a visa interview in London so travel costs incurred.
  • Health insurance – will vary from one individual to another but probably averages about £500 if purchased in advance.

Housing expenses whilst students are in the USA is approximately the same as the new apartments on campus at Salford.

Most students are able to claim back a reasonable proportion of the above costs from Student Finance England as a grant: “You must pay the first £303 of your travel costs - and your travel grant will be reduced by £1 for each £8.73 of household income over £39,796.” See https://www.gov.uk/travel-grants-students-england/what-youll-get for more information. 

Almost all the general fees that Toledo students have to pay are waived. However, there is a small admin fee (approx. £50) that our students have to pay to Toledo upon arrival.

Scholarships for international students

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000 - both are available for students studying in our 2021/22 intakes.

We also offer the Salford International Excellence Scholarship which offers up to £5,000 discount on tuition fees. As this is a prestigious award we have a limited number of these scholarships available.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID F304

Institution S03

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