MSci Physics (F303)

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UCAS code F303
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 2015/16 174 overall for Single Honours Physics courses

About MSci Physics

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, through the microscopic level of atoms and molecules, to the emergent properties of complex materials.

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. Core and optional units in year three allow for more in-depth study. 

In your final year, options become more specialised to give you the opportunity to follow and develop your interests.  You will undertake a major project or dissertation working in a research group and with a member of staff; MSci final-year projects often lead to publication in a scientific journal. 

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 special relativity, mechanics, oscillations and waves, fields, properties of matter and laboratory work
  • Mathematics
  • Optional third subject

Second year

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

Third year

  • 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

Fourth year

  • Final-year research project
  • Current topics or student seminar and computational physics.
  • Physics and astrophysics options might include:
    • magnetism and superconductivity
    • particle physics
    • advanced quantum physics
    • phase transitions
    • general relativity and cosmology
    • condensed matter
    • nanophysics
    • the physics of radiation
    • gas and plasma in the universe.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics

Typical offer for MSci Physics - 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: 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 fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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