Physics with Scientific Computing

Study for a degree combining the latest ideas in physics with leading techniques in computing, including machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science at a world-class and friendly physics department with an award-winning student society.

Why study Physics with Scientific Computing at Bristol?

The Physics with Scientific Computing courses cover the same core physics as other physics degrees but, unlike other degrees, have a significant emphasis on computing. 

Computing skills are essential in all areas of physics, whether experimental or theoretical. Computers control advanced instrumentation and computer simulations make predictions from the properties of sub-atomic particles to the formation of stars and galaxies. Importantly, the computing techniques required to study modern physics overlap significantly with current computer science and a student graduating with one of these degrees will be well placed to follow careers in a diverse range of areas, from physics research to computing and data science.

On these courses you will be taught by experts in both physics and computing drawn from every research area of the School of Physics as well as from Bristol Scientific Computing (BriSC), which brings together computing experts from across the Faculty of Science.

For those wanting to gain more applied computing experience during their degree we offer an option of a year spent working in industry.

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What kind of student would this course suit?

If you love both physics and computing and don’t want to choose between the subjects, these courses allow you to combine them in an integrated degree. We will introduce you to programming, software engineering, data analysis and visualization as well as modern hardware and computing methods, with plenty of opportunities to apply this knowledge to problems in physics.  No prior computing experience is needed.

How is this course taught and assessed?

The physics aspects of the courses will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and group work.  The scientific computing units will be taught through a mixture of lectures, workshops and self-paced, continuously assessed material supported by group work and projects.

What are my career prospects?

Modern physics increasingly depends on computers and this course addresses the demand for skilled practitioners in research and industry by developing strong computing skills with a solid foundation in physics, and above all, the knowledge of how to combine these areas to best effect. Our graduates can expect to follow careers in scientific research, applied physics, computing or data science.

Find out more about what our students do after graduating.


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