BSc Mathematics and Physics (GFD3)

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UCAS code GFD3
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 267 overall for all Single and Joint Honours courses.

About BSc Mathematics and Physics

This course is particularly suited to students who have a strong interest in theoretical physics or applied mathematics.

Your mathematics will focus on the areas of applied mathematics which are most linked to physics such as the mathematical modelling of physical problems, quantum mechanics, quantum chaos, random matrix theory. You will also cover a range of topics in physics such as thermal physics, electromagnetism and semiconductors.

You will take 70 credit points in mathematics and 50 credit points in physics in the first year. All first year units are mandatory.

Second year units are mostly fixed, but in your final year you can choose options to suit your interests across both mathematics and physics. You will complete a physics project in your third-year (BSc).

More about Mathematics

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

Course structure

First year

  • Core Maths (Calculus, Analysis, Linear Algebra and Geometry)
  • Core Physics (includes oscillations, waves and fields, mechanics and matter)
  • Physics laboratory
  • Probability

Second year

  • Mathematics (Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Calculus)
  • Core Physics (Classical Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Practical Physics)

Third year

  • Core Physics (including Semiconductors and Magnetism, Electrons in Crystals, Quantum Physics) and a Physics project
  • Computational Physics
  • Optional units in Mathematics
  • Optional units in Physics.
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Typical offer for BSc Mathematics and Physics - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Physics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including AA in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall with 18 points at Higher Level to include 6, 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall with 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 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 30 credits at Distinction including at least 12 credits in both Mathematics and Physics and 15 credits at Merit. A further qualification such as A-level Mathematics may also be required; please contact Admissions for advice regarding your Access course's content.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science pathway with Distinction in Mathematics unit; or DDD plus A-level Mathematics at grade A
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA including Mathematics and Physics; AH: AA with A 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 offer88% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics and 8.5 in Physics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
No specific subjects required.
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 E
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Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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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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