BSc Physics (F300)

2016 entry

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UCAS code F300
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applications for 2014/15 1322
Number of places for 2016/17 186

About BSc Physics

You will learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature, and how quantum physics and relativity help us understand the world around us - from the infinitesimal scale of particle and nuclear physics, through to the microscopic level of atoms and molecules.

In year one, you will receive a comprehensive grounding in physics and mathematics. In year two, you will develop a fundamental understanding of the principles of physics, including practical work in the laboratory and computational physics.

In your final year, you will undertake a major project or dissertation, working in a research group and with a member of staff. One final-year option is the Physics Education scheme, in which your project is centred on teaching in a school; or you could choose the Industrial Group Project, based on a real problem set by external clients or industrial partners.

More about Physics

Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Optional third subject

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, cosmology, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computing and science presentational skills

Third year

  • Final-year research project or dissertation, physics education or group project
  • Core physics: semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • Physics and astrophysics options might include:
    • condensed matter
    • nanophysics
    • biophysics
    • galaxies
    • high energy astrophysics
    • stellar structure and evolution
    • methods of theoretical physics
    • modern optics.
Further details about the course structure for Physics

Typical offer for BSc Physics

(including international A-levels)
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
IB Diploma 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Mathematics and Physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
SQASH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:grade C or above in English Language.

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Fees and funding

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International students

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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