Studying Physics at Salford

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Thank you for choosing a physics course at Salford as a study choice. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to make your decision.

To help you make your choice, we’ve got some more information about studying physics at Salford, including a look ahead to your first year of study.

Remember, if you have any questions about your application, you can email our friendly team at or call us on 0161 295 4545.

First year snapshot

Get a glimpse of first year life as a physics student.

Explore the modules you will take, how your weekly timetable might look, plus more about what it's like to study at Salford.

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Will the university help me to find work experience and industry placements?

Whilst students are responsible for securing their own work experience and industry placements, our tutors will guide and support you through the process. Industry experience not only enables you to apply your knowledge in real-world situations but allows you to form those vital connections early on in your career. We have links with a range of leading organisations and, where possible, will assist students in securing placements. Hear from BSc (Hons) Physics student Elizabeth Chard on her recent placement experience.

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How will I benefit from studying an accredited course?

All of our Physics programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP), so you will be educated to the highest  standards. This accreditation also means that upon graduation, you will meet the academic requirements for IOP membership and have a route towards Chartered Physicist status.

What career opportunities will be open to me when I graduate?

Due to the analytical and problem-solving nature of the courses, a wide range of career paths will be open to you. Our alumni have found roles in a variety of sectors, including medical physics, defence, finance, research, education, engineering and the nuclear industry. 

What does a standard week look like?

For Physics students their first year will consist of 19 hours in-contact teaching a week. This will include six hours of mathematics (mixed teaching styles), three hours of physics keynote lectures, four hours of classroom based problem solving, three hours of laboratory and three hours problem based learning. There is also a weekly seminar from an external speaker. The teaching on each module is normally split into two hours of classroom teaching and one hour of seminar.

How much independent study will I need to complete each week?

We would recommend spending about ten hours per week on independent study and homework. There is plenty of support if you need extra help and guidance, both from the physics staff and MathScope - a study space manned by staff to help scientists and engineers with maths.

Will there be practical based sessions for first year Physics students?

First year students spend two half days in the labs. One session will cover laboratory skills and skills based investigations. This will be assessed through lab based observations and a follow up lab report. The second session is a problem based learning laboratory. Students will complete a number of group activities, some will be practical, while others will be research and presentation based.

Are there any fieldwork or external research opportunities?

The University of Salford Physics Society organise an annual trip abroad that typically takes place after the May exams. The location of this trip changes each year, but students have previously been to CERN and Berlin. First year students are also usually taken to Accelerator Science at Daresbury Labs.

For A-level study I use a Casio ClassWiz FX-991EX calculator. Will I need a more sophisticated calculator for the course?

For Physics students any standard scientific calculator is fine, as we will use computers for any more demanding calculations.



Develop skills desired by industry and academia, including team working, problem solving, communication and presentation skills


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Our Facilities

As a physics student, you’re going to spend lots of time in laboratories. So, we’ve made sure that you will learn and study in a tailor-made environment. 

Our Joule Physics Laboratories feature purpose-built open-plan teaching areas. This dedicated space includes specialist laboratories for electronics, optics, lasers, computing and composite materials.

If you’re studying some acoustics modules, you’ll also experience some of Salford’s world-class facilities for exploring sound and vibration.

Need more general information?

If you have any questions, just contact our friendly team at, or by phone on +44 (0)161 295 4545.

You can also join our Facebook group - a space to meet other applicants planning to join Salford in September.