Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Physics

School of Computing, Science & Engineering

Full-time

Attendance

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Physics underpins everyday life, from the structure of the universe to the smartphone in your hand. A degree in physics with Salford will put you in position to discover the next scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations that will shape life in the future.

Physics is integral to many modern industries. Our professionally-accredited course features a suite of modules to give you a solid knowledge base, with the opportunity to specialise in your interests.

You will:
  • Explore physics fundamentals, including classical dynamics, static and dynamic charges, quantum mechanics, fundamentals of relativity and atomic and nuclear physics
  • Expand your knowledge and systematic understanding in quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids, including the origin and limitations of the associated laws
  • Build analytical, numerical and computer-based problem solving skills in Maxwell’s Equations and Wave Optics
  • Learn the importance of mathematics in a quantitative description of physics, using symbolic computing and programming
  • Experience computer laboratory sessions to apply numerical methods and techniques frequently encountered in physical and engineering challenges
Placement

options available

International

students accepted

This is for you if...

1.

You have a strong academic background in physics and mathematics

2.

You have a keen and enquiring mind

3.

You are looking for a degree that will lead to a wide range of career options

Course details

All about the course

We place great emphasis on small group teaching to make you feel fully supported and able to ask the questions that satisfy your enquiring mind.

In year one, you'll explore the fundamentals of physics and the connecting mathematic principles. In year two, you will progress to develop an understanding of specialisms such as classical and quantum waves, and properties of matter.

In year three, you'll complete your final project, plus modules in nuclear and particle physics, Maxwell’s equation and quantum mechanics. You can also choose to focus on acoustics or nanotechnology.

Industrial Placement Option

This course can be studied with a year in industry between your second and third year. Search Physics with Professional Experience (UCAS code: FH01). Industry placements provide an excellent opportunity to develop your CV, gain hands-on experience and build connections in your chosen industry. 

Year one

Fundamentals of Physics A

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.

Fundamentals of Physics B

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.

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.

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.

Mathematics

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.

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.

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.

Computing Laboratory

The Computing Laboratory module will help you build computer programming skills, so you can tackle simple non-analytic physical and engineering problems. You will use the numerical methods and techniques frequently encountered in physical and engineering challenges, and learn how to implement these them on the computer. You will also learn about interfacing sensors to computers and computer control of experiments.

Physics Laboratory

Gain breadth and depth in experimental techniques in the Physics laboratory. You will strengthen you knowledge and analytical technique around the physical principles associated with electrons and physics. You will develop your team-work skills within the context of project-based experiments and acquire effective and impactful report writing skills.

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.

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.

Plus one module from below:

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.

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

Maxwell's Equat and Wave Optics

You will develop a knowledge and systematic understanding in the area of Maxwell’s Equations and Wave Optics, including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will also develop expertise in analytical, numerical and computer based problem solving skills in the area of Maxwell’s Equations and Wave Optics.

Project in Physics

This project will allow you to carry out a research or development project individually, under the guidance of a personal supervisor.

Nuclear and Particle Physics

You will receive an overview of Nuclear Physics and gain an understanding of nuclear stability in terms of the Liquid Drop Model and of nuclear reactions involving neutrons, protons, electrons and neutrinos, and major experimental techniques and practical applications. The particle physics element will cover the basic discoveries of modern Particle Physics and introduce the ideas of Grand Unified Theory.

Quantum Mechanics Atoms Mole and Solid

Develop your knowledge and systematic understanding in quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids including the origin and limitations of the associated laws. You will develop expertise in analytical, numerical and computer based problem solving skills in quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids.

Plus one module from below:

Theoretical Physics

You will develop a knowledge and systematic understanding in the area of Theoretical Physics, including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.

Photonics and Nanotechnology

This module will enable you to develop a knowledge and systematic understanding in the area of Photonics and Nanotechnology including the origin and limitations of the associated laws.

Speech and Musical Acoustics

You will be introduced to speech production and modelling, speech analysis and synthesis with particular reference to the application of speech technology in modern communication devices. You will develop a systematic understanding of human perception of sound and its application in a musical context.

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.

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?

Teaching

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Lab activities
Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of formats:

  • Lab exercises
  • Examinations
  • Reports

Physics facilities

The Joule Physics Laboratories include a purpose-built suite of large, open-space Teaching Laboratories.

Physics student facilities also include:

  • Main Joule Physics Teaching Laboratory
  • Secondary Joule Physics Teaching Laboratory
  • Student Laboratory Workroom
  • Electronics Laboratory
  • Optics Laboratory
  • Laser Laboratory
  • Physics Computing Laboratory
  • School Project Laboratory
  • High-Performance Computing & 3D Visualisation Facilities

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

As a Salford physics graduate, you will have no shortage of exciting career options. Due to the analytical and problem-solving nature of physics, this degree opens a wide range of pathways.

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

Further study

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

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.

Requirements

What you need to know

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5 is proof of this.

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 to measure their suitability. Please contact Admissions for further information. 

 

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language and Maths at grade C/grade 4 or above.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below. 

 

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

30 points, 5 points each from Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level

Alternative Entry Requirements

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.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £9,250per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,820per year
Part-time 2019 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Additional costs

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

Scholarship Opportunity

Thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group, applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships. Each scholarship is worth a total of £9,000, paid as two cash award instalments of £1,500 each per annum for a maximum of three years.

The scholarships aim to ensure that talented students starting their first year are not deterred from studying at the University of Salford for financial reasons.  Qualifying students will be encouraged to apply following registration and enrolment in September 2019. Priority will be given to students who:

  • Can demonstrate the scholarship will provide the necessary support during their studies;
  • Would otherwise be deterred from an undergraduate degree by tuition fees and associated living costs; 
  • Live in the North West; 
  • Have at least 112 UCAS points or equivalent. 
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Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID F300

Institution S03