Physics is a fundamental discipline which illuminates the physical principles that govern the world around us and whose wider application promotes technological advancement in all its forms. Physics underpins and informs modern technology across areas as diverse as healthcare, defence, energy production and communications. On this degree course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the physical principles that enable, for example, lasers to gauge precise time and space measurements, MRI and ultrasound systems to produce spectacular, life-saving imagery, wifi systems to deliver Gbps communications and solar energy to harness and conserve valuable natural resources. You’ll discover how energy is generated in atomic power stations right through to the use of millimetre waves for security screening.
This course is aimed at students who wish to study physics both at a fundamental, theoretical level and across all its broad and varied real-world applications. Emphasis throughout is on the development of transferable skills of direct interest to a range of employers.
Year of entry 2013
Length 3 years full time · 4 years sandwich
UCAS code(s) F310
Fees UK and EU full-time students: £8,000 · Non-EU full-time international students: £11,000
You can work for a year in industry as part of your degree to gain valuable work experience (Sandwich Year)
Location All Saints Campus, Manchester where is this?
Department School of Engineering
Features & benefits of the course
You will develop transferable skills and knowledge through a combination of extensive applied laboratory and project work, tutor groups, lectures and assessments.
The School of Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University has research strengths in physics that will inform and lead the areas you study and excellent specialist facilities to support it.
Theoretical learning in each unit is complemented by a set of laboratory based experiments and practicals.
An individual project guided by a tutor completes the programme of study in your final year.
Course In Depth
Units you will study
In Year 1 you will study core physics content as per the the Institute of Physics guidelines, including the properties of matter, electrostatics, thermodynamics, mechanics and special relativity, and some optics. Applied mathematics, programming and electronics skills round off the first year. You will undertake a supervised project and take part in a rota of laboratory based experiments designed to underpin lecture material. For example, you may carry out experiments to measure the speed of light, or measure the diameter of a circular path of a beam of electrons in an applied magnetic field and hence determine the electronic charge to mass ratio.
In Year 2, you will further your knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of applied physics, in areas such as electromagnetics and waves, condensed matter, quantum effects, atomic physics statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Furthermore, an industry-informed unit will allow you to apply your knowledge to real-world problems and build up your applied skill set in areas such as data acquisition and analysis, programming and report writing. Experimental laboratory assignments will once again underpin the knowledge you gain in lectures.
Units of study in Year 3 allow you to translate your knowledge into transferrable skills, in areas such as sensor systems (e.g. medical sensors that take 3D ultrasound and NMR images of your body).
The concepts of digital signal processing and image processing, fundamental to the operation of a modern society, are studied in depth; as are energy resources (for example, renewable energy, nuclear and fossil fuels), their distribution and impact on the environment.
An individual project and dissertation, guided by a tutor, forms the final part of this year and completes the programme of study.
As part of our drive to deliver the very highest quality programmes we are reviewing our undergraduate courses to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. Some of the details given here may not yet reflect these improvements and information will be updated as it becomes available.
You will be assessed via a range of laboratory work, presentations, coursework and examinations.
Having a physics degree opens up a very wide range of careers as it is a demanding and numerate subject, with graduates generally known for their expertise in solving complex problems, logical thinking and information processing.
Typical career routes for the physics graduate include scientific fields, engineering, software engineering, mathematics, research and development, electronics, financial services and teaching.
Research by the Institute of Physics has reported that while employment rates amongst science and engineering graduates are excellent across the board, physicists are in the greatest demand.
UCAS Tariff points/Grades required
A2 Mathematics and A2 Chemistry grades BC
A minimum of 240 @ A2
Specific GCSE requirements
GCSE grade C (or acceptable alternative eg Functional Skills) in English Lanugage.
IELTS score required for international students
6.0 with not less than 5.5 in any element
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
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