(2018 Entry)

BSc (Hons)

In 2017, Keele’s Physics and Astrophysics graduates have given us a 100% 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.

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3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: F300

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Physics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017

Physics was voted 1st for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017

Course Overview

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.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. 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.

Indicative modules

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 
  • Polymer Physics 
  • Particles, Accelerators and Reactor Physics 
  • Life in the Universe 
  • Data Analysis and Model testing 
  • The Physics of Galaxies 
  • Quantum Mechanics II 
  • Physics of Fluids