Physics (2016 Entry)

Course type: Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Physics and Astrophysics, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Course Overview

In recent years, Keele’s Physics and Astrophysics graduates have given us a 97% rating for overall satisfaction with their courses.

Study Physics at Keele and you’ll learn to apply mathematics and computing to formulate and solve a wide range of physical problems. You’ll use mathematics to describe the physical world, and learn to plan and conduct investigations before reporting your results. Your course will be informed by the research interests of your teaching staff: primarily astrophysics and condensed matter physics. Regular laboratory sessions will enable you to investigate unfamiliar phenomena and acquire specialist techniques, but you’ll also develop invaluable transferable skills such as communication, IT and interpersonal skills. We operate an open-door policy which enables you to have excellent and flexible access to staff to seek advice or feedback on your work. Take this course as a dual honours or a major route and your degree will be accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Physics. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Physics Project
  • Electromagnetism
  • Dissertation and Communication Skills

Optional core modules: 

  • Cosmology
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • The Physics of Compact Objects
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules
  • Polymer Physics
  • Particles, Accelerators and Reactor Physics
  • Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  • Life in the Universe
  • Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics
  • Data Analysis and Model testing
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major honours Physics. 

First year 

Core modules: 

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Second year

Core modules: 

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics 

Third year

Core modules: 

  • Physics Project
  • Electromagnetism
  • Dissertation and Communication Skills

Optional core modules: 

  • Cosmology
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • The Physics of Compact Objects
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules
  • Polymer Physics
  • Particles, Accelerators and Reactor Physics
  • Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  • Life in the Universe
  • Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics
  • Data Analysis and Model testing
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 45%
  • Guided independent study – 55%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 46%
  • Guided independent study – 54% 

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 29%
  • Guided independent study – 71% 

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A Physics degree from Keele will prepare you for many different careers, which need not be directly related to physics. You could take up all sorts of roles in industry, management, and public services. You might work as a research scientist, medical physicist, software engineer, geophysicist or radiation practitioner, or you might branch out and become a science writer, chartered accountant, patent lawyer, IT consultant or air traffic controller. Many graduates go on to study at master’s or doctorate level.

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Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Physics with Foundation Year: F303 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Physics programme you have the potential opportunity to spend a semester abroad in their second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from their destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Accreditation

This subject/programme is accredited by: The Institute of Physics (IoP). 

Graduates with accredited BSc degrees are eligible for Associate Membership of the IoP. After a period of relevant post-degree experience and professional development they may apply for full membership of the IoP and for Chartered Physicist status. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Our typical offer for 2017 entry is ABB-BBB.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Mechanics, Gravity and Relativity
  • Nature of Matter
  • Oscillations and Waves
  • Electricity and Magnetism

Second year

  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Optics and Thermodynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics and Solid State Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

Third year

  • Physics Project
  • Electromagnetism
  • Dissertation and Communication Skills
  • Cosmology
  • Physics of the Interstellar Medium
  • The Physics of Compact Objects
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms and Molecules
  • Polymer Physics
  • Particles, Accelerators and Reactor Physics
  • Binary Stars and Extrasolar Planets
  • Life in the Universe
  • Computational Methods in Physics and Astrophysics
  • Data Analysis and Model testing
  • The Physics of Galaxies
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Atmospheric Physics
  • Plasma Physics

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.