Mathematics and Computing
In a nutshell
Physics underpins everyday life, from the structure of the universe to the smartphone in your hand. A Pure and Applied Physics degree will put you in position to discover the next scientific breakthroughs and innovations. This specially designed course is ideal if you have a non-standard mathematics background but are keen to pursue physics and develop your enquiring mind.
Physics is at the heart of modern life. By having the knowledge to discover future technological advances and find applications for scientific discoveries, qualified physicist are driving our future. Accredited by the Institute of Physics, this course provides you with an advanced knowledge base ready to build a career in teaching, research or industry. The course is delivered using engaging tutorial and laboratory activities. We use small group teaching to make you feel supported.
- Be introduced to the whole breadth of physics including classical physics, quantum physics, particle physics and relativity
- Explore the fundamentals of physics and the connecting mathematical principles
- Benefit from practical laboratories that will reinforce your understanding of the laws of physics and their application
- Participate in learning laboratory group exercises that will enhance your problem solving skills
- Be able to take a placement year to increase your skills within the industry
This is for you if...
You don't have a strong academic background in physics but have an enthusiasm for the subject
You have a keen and enquiring mind
You want a wide range of career options
You want to study a degree accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP)
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.
BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics features a suite of modules that provide a thorough grounding in physics that will also nurture your team-working, problem-solving and communication skills. We know that physics can be a challenging subject, so we use 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 be introduced to the breadth of physics including classical physics, quantum physics, particle physics and relativity. You'll study further mathematical techniques, and use computers to solve mathematical problem. In year two, you'll progress to develop an understanding of specialisms including classical and quantum waves and properties of matter. You'll learn how to use computers to solve problems in physics as well as interfacing computers to experiments.
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 speech and music acoustics or nanotechnology
Placements are a great way to expand you knowledge and apply theory to real-life practice. On this course, you'll have the option to take an industrial placement year between year two and three. Although you'll be responsible for securing your placement,a tutor will support you, monitor your progress and assess your final placement report. Industry placements have a number of benefits. You can improve your employment prospects after graduation, see physics in action and receive a salary. Evidence suggests that many of our students who choose an industry placement year improve their final degree classification.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Project in Physics
This project will allow you to carry out a research or development project individually, under the guidance of a personal supervisor.
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.
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 optional module from below:
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.
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.
You will develop a knowledge and systematic understanding in the area of Theoretical Physics, 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.
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:
- Practical 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
School of Science, Engineering and Environment
The School of Science, Engineering and Environment aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable future. Our research expertise includes the built environment, cancer, data security, dementia, marine conservation, robotics, and sustainability.
We place our students at the heart of everything we do. With over 200 dedicated academic, technical and administrative members of staff we offer a robust support system for our student community. Our expanding suite of multidisciplinary programmes cover acoustics, architecture, biology, biomedicine, chemical sciences, computing, construction, engineering, environment (built and natural), geography, mathematics, physics, property, robotics, surveying and wildlife.
We’re serious about science at Salford, and we have some great facilities to help you get to grips with Physics. Dedicated teaching facilities include specialist laboratories for electronics, optics, lasers, computing and composite materials. The Joule Physics Laboratories include a purpose-built suite of large, open-space teaching space.
We also have a femto-second pump probe facility, fully-equipped for operating our new Raman Scattering facility for use with high pressure diamond anvil cells. A high-pressure gas laboratory is available for investigations of hydrogen absorption and storage applications (automated gravimetric and volumetric instrumentation).
What about after uni?
As a Salford physics graduate, you'll 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 roles in a diverse range of sectors, including medical physics, defense, finance, research, education, engineering and the nuclear industry.
You might find you want to learn more about physics and related subjects, so we offer a range of specialism postgraduate study options to help you take your career and interests even further. Salford graduates and alumni also receive a significant fees discount.
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. We're looking for applicants with an aptitude for mathematics and problem-solving.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
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.
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
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 in Engineering or Science (Science must include Physics and Mathematics)
BTEC Higher National Diploma
DMM in Engineering or Science (Science must include Physics and Mathematics)
112 points, including Advanced Higher in Physics and Higher or Advanced Higher in Mathematics
Irish Leaving Certificate
104-112 points, including Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level.
Pass in Diploma of at least 60% from Science or Engineering
25 points, 5 points from Physics at higher level and 4 points from Mathematics at higher level
Access to HE
104 - 112 in Engineering or Science
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.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019/20||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019/20||£14,820per year|
|Part-time||2019/20||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
Applicants for this course can qualify to apply for one of five scholarships provided thanks to the generosity of the Morson Group. 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 after registration and enrolment in September 2019. More information about the scholarship.
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