School of Physics & Astronomy

Selection Process

laser1To study undergraduate Physics at Nottingham you should apply through UCAS. When we receive your application, candidates are normally invited for a visit where we lay on a comprehensive programme enabling you to sample the School and University facilities. We think it is important for you to see the City, University and School in which you will be spending at least three of what could and should be the most enjoyable, formative and informative years of your life. During your visit you will receive detailed information on all aspects of student life (halls, sports, social facilities etc) and academic matters (course content, options, projects, examinations etc). There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and it is a good idea to come with a list of your particular queries. 

As part of the visit you will be taken for a bus tour of the campus: during this you will be given lunch and have "walkabouts" in a Hall of Residence, the Union Building and Sports Centre. A student will lead tour parties round the School showing you both the teaching and research sides of our activities. You will also have an individual meeting with a member of academic staff.

Entry Qualifications

Candidates are required to have at least three GCE Advanced Level passes including Physics and Mathematics with one other subject, excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking. The mathematics course must have involved pure mathematics, eg Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Pure and Applied Mathematics. Candidates for the Chemistry and Molecular Physics Honours course must have three Advanced Level passes in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

A typical conditional A-Level offer for our MSci and BSc Honours Degrees includes grades A or A* in Physics & Mathematics. We are pleased to accept other qualifications such as International, European or French Baccalaureate, BTEC, GNVQ, CSYS etc and the offer grades will be considered individually. An English GCSE qualification is also required with minimum Grade C, alternatively International Students will require an IELTS score of 6.5 with no element less than 6.0.

We welcome applications from Mature Students, whatever their present or future qualifications and will be happy to discuss each case individually. Similarly we will discuss international students’ cases individually.

If you have any further questions which cannot wait until we see you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Specific enquiries should be addressed to the Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the School of Physics and Astronomy, Prof Philip Moriarty.

Telephone: 0115 951 5156

General enquiries about admissions should be addressed to:

Admissions Office
The University of Nottingham
University Park
Enquiry Form

School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham NG7 2RD

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