BSc Physics (F300)

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UCAS code F300
Application method UCAS
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,250 per year
  • EU students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £22,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £10,750 per year
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

About BSc Physics

You will learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature and how quantum physics and relativity help us understand the world around us.

Year one gives you a comprehensive grounding in physics and mathematics, and year two focuses on the principles of physics. Flexibility and choice are key features of a Bristol Physics degree. You are usually able to transfer between courses in the first two years, and a range of options in the final year means you can specialise in your chosen field or take a more general approach.

Your third year includes a major project or dissertation. Project options include the Physics Education scheme, centred on teaching in a school, and the Industrial Group Project, based on a real problem set by industrial partners. Recent partners include Sellafield, Bristol Zoo, Siemens and The Fat Duck.

You will join a friendly department with a very active, award-winning student society. We provide physics-specific employability sessions and encourage you to develop a broad range of transferable skills, including problem-solving and the ability to communicate complicated concepts. Our graduates have an excellent record of employment, a testament to the value that employers place on these skills.

The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

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See a list of all Physics degrees at Bristol, and find more information about the course, assessment and career prospects.

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 presentation skills.

Third year

  • final-year research project or dissertation, physics education or industrial group project
  • core physics, including semiconductors and magnetism, electrons in crystals, quantum physics
  • physics and astrophysics options that might include: condensed matter, nanophysics, biophysics, galaxies, high energy astrophysics, stellar structure and evolution, methods of theoretical physics, or modern optics.
    • Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics

    Typical offer for BSc Physics - applicants must meet one of the following

    Standard offer
    A*AA including A*A (in any order) in Mathematics and Physics
    Contextual offer
    What is a contextual offer?
    AAB including AA in Mathematics and Physics
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Standard offer
    38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 7, 6 (in any order) at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
    International Baccalaureate Diploma
    Contextual offer
    What is a contextual offer?
    34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level 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 (Engineering, Engineering Science, Maths and Engineering, Science, or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. At least 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (excluding Statistics) and 12 graded level 3 credits at Distinction in Physics.
    BTEC offer D*DD in Engineering or Mechanical Engineering with either Distinction in specified units and A in A-level Mathematics, or A*A in both Mathematics and Physics A-levels (in any order). Students taking Applied Science BTEC should apply for Physics with a Preliminary Year of Study.
    Scottish Qualifications Authority offerAdvanced Higher: AA in Mathematics and Physics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
    Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
    European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
    UK qualificationsFurther information about UK qualifications
    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.
    English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
    Profile E
    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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    Phone: +44 (0)117 394 1649

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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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