Choosing Your Degree

All our degrees provide you with a comprehensive education and cover all the general and specialist skills valued for further study and employers in the private and public sectors. We offer a choice of physics degrees at the 4-year master’s (MPhys) and 3-year bachelor’s (BSc) level.

The different degree specialisations share a common first year, which makes it easy to settle on your preference. In the subsequent years, the degrees share a common physics core which covers all key areas of the discipline. The degree-scheme specific labs and projects, equip you with specialist skills, while the wide range of options lets you explore advanced topics and tailor the degree to your interests.

The additional year in the MPhys degrees contains an extended research project, which is ideal if you are planning to enter into higher research degrees (MSc or PhD).

We also offer a BSc/MSci degree in Theoretical Physics with Mathematics, jointly with the Mathematics Department, as well as one of the best developed Study Abroad exchange programmes, which allows MPhys and MSci students to spend their third year studying at a partner institution overseas.

We welcome applicants with alternative qualifications and offer a unique Open Plus programme for those not meeting traditional requirements. Further details can be found on our website.

Degree Scheme Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Common Core Physics Core I
Electric & Magnetic Fields
Quantum Physics

Maths Core
Series Methods
Complex Methods
Vector Calculus
Physics Core II
Quantum Mechanics
Waves & Optics
Properties of Matter
Special Relativity
Particles & Nuclei
Computer Programming

Further Mathematics
Further Linear Algebra
Partial Differential
Fourier Method
Physics Core III
Atomic Physics
Particle Physics
Statistical PhysicsSolid State Physics
Extended project
Physics Laboratory Advanced Laboratories
Group project (Research or Industry)
2 Optional Courses
6 optional courses
Astrophysics & Cosmology Astronomy
Introductory Cosmology
Stellar Astrophysics
Big Bang Cosmology
Astrophysics / Cosmology Project
1 Optional Course
Advanced Relativity
Current Cosmology
4 Optional Courses
Particle Physics & Cosmology Astronomy
Particle Physics Lab
Introductory Cosmology
Flavour Physics
Big Bang Cosmology
Groups & Symmetrics
1 Optional Course
Advanced Relativity
Current Cosmology
Further Particle Physics
Gauge Theory
2 optional Courses
Theoretical Physics Analytical mechanics
Field Theory
Introductory Cosmology
Complex Analysis
Advanced Quantum Methods
Theory Project
1 Optional Course
Advanced Magnetism & Quantum Nanophysics
Quantum Transport
4 Optional Courses
Theoretical Physics with Mathematics Physics Core I
see above

Mathematics I
Differential Equations
Physics Core II
see above

Mathematics II
Real & Complex Analysis
Linear Algebra
Group Theory
Physics Core III
see above

2 Optional Math Courses
Extended physics project
Topology & Fractals
3 Optional Physics

2 Optional Math Courses

Current optional courses in Year 3&4 include courses from other degree schemes and additional advanced topics, e.g. Astronomy, Cosmology I&II, Space Physics, Groups & Symmetries, Flavour Physics, Gauge Theories, Experimental Particle Physics, Quantum Information, Quantum Transport, Advanced Relativity & Gravitation, Advanced Electromagnetism, Advanced Magnetism, Matter at Low Temperatures, Fluids, Lasers, Semiconductors, Energy, Computer Modelling, Physics of Living Systems.