MSci Physics with Study in Continental Europe (F304)

2016 entry

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UCAS code F304
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 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 MSci Physics with Study in Continental Europe

Physics is a truly international venture. This degree generally follows the structure of the MSci Physics course, with language units in years one and two to prepare you for the challenge of your third year in Europe.

You'll study physics at a partner university in Europe for an academic year, and get the chance to experience life as a physicist in a different European culture.

During your year abroad you will study physics units that parallel, as far as possible, the third year of the Bristol degree programme. You will then return in the fourth year to complete your MSci degree.  

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

Course structure

First year

  • Core physics: mechanics and matter, oscillations, waves and fields
  • Mathematics
  • Language
  • Optional units

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computer workshop
  • Language unit

Third year

Study at a partner university in Europe (normally in Germany, Italy, Spain or France)

Fourth year

  • Final year research project (or occasionally dissertation)
  • Study of current topics in science or presentation of a seminar or both
  • Physics and astrophysics options which might include:
    • magnetism and superconductivity
    • particle physics
    • the physics of radiation
    • phase transitions
    • advanced quantum mechanics
    • advanced electromagnetism and plasma physics
    • general relativity and cosmology.
Further details about the course structure for Physics with Study in Continental Europe

Typical offer for MSci Physics with Study in Continental Europe

(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 and 15 credits at Merit with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC DDD in Science including Distinction 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 and a modern foreign language.

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

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

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