Physics (2017 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, 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

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Physics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Physics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

Course Overview

Physics/Astrophysics at Keele was ranked #1 in 2016 for student satisfaction amongst UK Physics and Astronomy courses, achieving the highest rankings specifically for the ability and accessibility of staff, the quality of feedback on student work and the course organisation.

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.

Physics can be taken as part of a programme with another science or non-science subject for three years (the Dual Honours route), or you may choose to specialise in Physics or the other subject in your third year (the Major route). We also offer a three year Single Honours programme in Physics that allows a greater breadth and depth of study; there is a special focus on the applications of theoretical, mathematical and computational techniques to solving problems ranging from the physics of galaxies to the properties of graphene, and additional opportunities for independent research and projects.

Course content

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) Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF)

Looking for a more complete list of modules? You can view the module list for 2016 entry on our Module Catalogue. Please note this is not a guaranteed module list for future intakes:

Module Catalogue

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 

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

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Physics with Foundation Year: F303 View Unistats for this course
Single Honours Physics : F300 View Unistats for this course
Single Honours Physics with Science Foundation Year : F306 View Unistats for this course

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

can be combined with:

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Study abroad

Subject to good performance in year 1, it is possible to undertake one semester of study during year 2 as part of your degree or to take an "International Year" as an additional year between years 2 and 3, 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

Both Dual Honours and Major BSc degrees in Physics/Astrophysics at Keele are accredited by the Institute of Physics (please see 'Combinations and Codes' for details of second subjects to study with Physics).

The Institute of Physics accreditation for the Single Honours programme is currently being processed. Please refer to the 'Single Honours Course Information Document' for full details.

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.