MSci Mathematics and Physics (GFC3)

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UCAS code GFC3
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
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 MSci Mathematics and Physics

This four year course is particularly suited to students who have a strong interest in theoretical physics or applied mathematics and wish to study these at an advanced level.

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 years 3 and 4 you can choose options to suit your interests across both mathematics and physics. You will complete a physics project in your fourth year.

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

Second year

  • Mathematics (Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations, Calculus)
  • Core Physics (Classical physics, quantum mechanics, and practical physics)

Third year

  • Core Physics (including Semiconductors and Magnetism, Electrons in Crystals, Quantum Physics)
  • Computational Physics
  • Mathematical Methods and optional units in Mathematics
  • Optional units in Physics

Fourth year

  • Final year research project in Physics
  • Optional units in Mathematics
  • Optional units in Physics.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Mathematics
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics

Typical offer for MSci Mathematics and Physics - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Physics
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB 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 Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 with 17 points at Higher Level including 6 in 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 credit points 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.
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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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Accreditation

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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