Fundamentals of Physics A
Physics with Studies in North America
School of Computing, Science & Engineering
September 2019Next enrolment
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.
This postgraduate 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 widen your cultural experience.
- 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
- enhance your problem solving skills through leaning laboratory ended group based exercises
- 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
This is for you if...
you have a strong academic background in physics and mathematics
you have a keen and enquiring mind
you want a wide range of career options
you want to take your studies to postgraduate level
you want to experience study abroad
All about the course
We place great emphasis on small group teaching to make you feel fully supported and able to ask the questions.
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 study abroad at the University of Toledo in North America. Here, you will complete modules equivalent to the third year core curricula at Salford alongside specialisms in astronomy and astrophysics which utilise facilities in 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.
Our MPhys pathway with integrated masters is designed to take enquiring minds further. In your final year, alongside your final research project, you can choose to focus on advanced quantum mechanics or films and materials characteristics.
INDUSTRIAL PLACEMENT OPTION
If you are studying full-time, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between years two and three. Although you will be responsible for securing your own placement, we will assign you a placement tutor to monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. By competing a placement year, you can add 'with professional experience' to your degree award.
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.
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 will be given the 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.
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.
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.
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 in Toledo, USA
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:
- Lab activities
You will be assessed through a combination of formats:
- Lab exercises
The School of Computing, Science and Engineering (CSE) seeks to improve lives through proactive collaboration with industry and society. Our stimulating, industry-accredited courses and research programmes explore engineering, physics, acoustics, computing, mathematics and robotics.
Through our award-winning lecturers, world-class facilities and research-led teaching, CSE produces highly employable graduates ready for the challenges of today and tomorrow.
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.
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.
- MSc Audio Acoustics
- MSc Aerospace Engineering
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
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) with regular lectures from visiting industry professionals
Industrial placement year option
International students can apply
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.
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
GCE A level
120-128 points including grade B in Mathematics and Physics. A Pass in the Practical Element of Science A levels must be achieved.
BTEC National Diploma
120-128 points; Advanced Mathematics and Physics.
Irish Leaving Certificate
120-128 points including Physics, Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at Higher level.
32 points, 6 points each from Mathematics and Physics at Higher level
Salford Alternative Entry System (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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£14,400per year|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
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