Our degree structure provides great flexibility for choosing or changing between different courses. In addition to lectures and laboratory work, you will participate in tutorials and problem classes, which offer the opportunity to practise solving physics problems in a less formal environment. The teaching structure culminates in the final year of the MSci degree, where you will use your scientific skills for an original research project.
At the same time as learning exciting new concepts in physics and astronomy, all students will be tutored to develop highly valued skills in problem-solving. You will become proficient at using advanced mathematics to describe the universe and all it contains, from fundamental particle physics, through nonscience, our everyday world, all the way up to the structure of the universe.
The 'synoptic' aspects of our courses will help you understand how the diverse areas of physics fit together, and you will undertake small-group projects and short dissertations to develop scientific skills. One of the unique features of the course is the MSci project, which provides the option to undertake cutting-edge research projects or to act as consultants to industry.
BSc or MSci?
A BSc degree will give you an excellent grounding in physics and prepare you for a wide range of careers. An MSci degree will teach you a broader range of high-level skills: in most courses, the final year of the course is different in that the emphasis will be on student-centred learning and assessment is by coursework rather than exams.