MSci Physics with Innovation (F306)

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UCAS code F306
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 This course was new for 2016 entry and applicants accepted data is not yet available

About MSci Physics with Innovation

The innovators of the 21st century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team players with a breadth enabling them to work across specialisms and cultures.

This course combines in-depth subject specialism in physics with interdisciplinary breadth, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. You will study physics to gain a solid discipline strength. Alongside these studies you will acquire the expertise to enable you to innovate and translate your ideas into plans for digital and creative enterprises, both social and commercial.

The course will equip you to use the critical, theoretical and practical skills central to physics, allowing you to develop knowledge and skills across a range of areas as you proceed through the course. You will learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature and how quantum physics and relativity enable us to understand the world around us - from the infinitesimal scale of particle and nuclear physics, to the microscopic level of atoms and molecules.

You will come together with students from other innovation disciplines such as history and psychology to learn and apply design and systems thinking to digital and creative ideas. You will put this into practice working in transdisciplinary teams, ultimately creating new ventures together.

More about Innovation

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

Course structure

First year

  • Physics, including special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Design and systems thinking for innovation
  • Transdisciplinary group project I: Being human

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Classical physics:
    • Thermal physics, oscillations and mechanics
    • Electromagnetism and waves
  • Practical physics
  • Past, present and futures
  • Transdisciplinary group project II: Solving someone else's problem

Third year

  • Core physics
  • Practical physics
  • Computational physics
  • Physics and astrophysics options which might include:
    • Condensed matter
    • Nanophysics
    • Biophysics
    • Galaxies
    • High energy astrophysics
    • Stellar structure and evolution
    • Methods of theoretical physics
    • Modern optics
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Enterprise case
  • Transdisciplinary group project III: Doing something completely new

Fourth year

  • Four physics and astrophysics units which could include:
    • Magnetism and superconductivity
    • Particle physics
    • Advanced quantum physics
    • General relativity and cosmology
    • Condensed matter
    • Nanophysics
    • Phase transitions
    • The physics of radiation
    • Gas and plasma in the universe
  • In the wild
  • New venture creation
  • Transdisciplinary group project IV: Building a demonstrator.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics with Innovation

Typical offer for MSci Physics with Innovation - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
AAA including Mathematics and Physics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a 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-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass 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 offer DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C or above in English Language. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Not accepted

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application and an additional task to assess applicants’ creative and/or entrepreneurial skills/experience.

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