University of Nottingham Physics

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University of Nottingham Physics

University of Nottingham Physics

Physics BSc

Fact file – 2018 entry

Physics | BSc Hons
UCAS code
3 years full-time (available part-time)
A level offer
Required subjects
Maths and physics
IB score
36 (6 in maths, plus 6 in physics and 6 in a third subject at Higher Level)
Course location
University Park Campus
Course places
185 places for all courses in the School of Physics and Astronomy


This degree provides you with a broad knowledge of physics, while developing a range of skills that are highly valued by employers.

Building on the core physics programme, you will study a range of specialised optional modules delivered by research scientists who are at the forefront of developments. You can further tailor your degree by taking modules in areas such as languages or business skills.

Year one

You will build up your knowledge of the subject through modules in the core elements of physics. You will also develop the mathematical skills needed to speak the language of advanced physics, and carry out laboratory work to provide the background you need in experimentation and computation. In addition, you’ll have the flexibility to select options offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy or by other schools and departments in the University in each semester.

Year two

The first-year modules lead into more advanced areas of the subject such as statistical physics and quantum mechanics. Similarly, you will have the opportunity to develop the core practical skills learned in the first year to undertake more advanced laboratory work, making frequent use of computer control in your experiments. Once again, you will be able to select options in each semester.

Year three

In the first half of the third year, you will finish off the core physics syllabus. Almost the entire second semester is then available for you to pursue those areas of the subject that interest you most, with options offered in everything from theoretical particle physics to medical imaging. You will also undertake an extended project supervised by a member of staff.