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Physics MPhys Hons

What will you study?

This degree offers you a broad-based experimental Physics programme which forms the basic training for the professional physicist. It also provides a strong foundation for many other career opportunities.

In your first year, you study subjects including Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism and develop your understanding through lectures, laboratory classes and small group tutorials.

You will move on to modules such as Quantum Mechanics, Properties of Matter and Laboratory work in your second year and subjects including Particle Physics, Solid State Physics, Atomic and Nuclear Physics in your third year. The third year also includes project work connected to our industrial partners, which involves solving a 'real' problem posed by a company or other external organisation as part of a team.

In the fourth and final year of the MPhys programme, you will complete an extended investigative project alongside several optional courses, all of which are related to our research expertise. Examples of recent project topics include vortices in superfluids, single photon photodiodes, nanoscale probe microscopy of graphene, quantum dots and other novel quantum nanostructures.

Where could it take you?

Our degree programmes provide a strong underpinning for a wide range of careers. They have proven popular with employers who require advanced research in sectors such as geophysics, meterorologies, finance and computing. Our students have a wide range of possible employment opportunities with the potential of a good salary. Many of our students undertake careers in teaching, research or industry, where they carry on using their Physics knowledge. Others make the most of the transferable skills they have acquired and take up employment in, for example, the financial service industry, the military and the police. Our Physics degree schemes, F300 and F303 include project work which is connected to our industrial partners.

A substantial number of our graduates stay on to undertake research degrees at Lancaster and top research intensive universities elsewhere. For example, recent graduates are now studying Physics, Theoretical Cosmology, Gravitational Physics, Space Plasma Physics, Particle Physics, Experimental and Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics, Ultralow Temperature Physics, Biomedical Physics, Accelerator Physics and Mathematical Physics to PhD level.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Typical entry requirements

For courses starting in 2014:

A-level: A*AA(Physics and Mathematics). We normally expect three A-levels.

General Studies: Accepted as one of 4 A-levels.

Preference: A-levels

Key skills: Not included in offer

Scottish Highers: AAAAB or equivalent, with Advanced Highers in Physics and Mathematics.

Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher Level subjects. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information.

International Baccalaureate: 38pts overall with 17 pts from three HL subjects including Mathematicss and Physics.

New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information

IELTS: 6.0

Financial Support

Lancaster University has committed£3.7m in scholarships and bursariesto help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2014, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2014 we will have the following financial support available:

AnAcademic Scholarship of £2,000for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualificationsAnAccess Scholarship of £1,000per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualificationsALancaster Bursary of £1,000per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600As part of the National Scholarship Programme, a£1,000 Bursary,a£1,000 Fee Waiverand a£1,000 Accommodation Discountin the first year of study, for students from England with a household income of less than £25,000. Plus a Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 in subsequent years.

Please note that the National Scholarship Programme is currently under review. An update on the support available, as part of the National Scholarship programme, will be available by Monday 16 December 2013.

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

View details of our current Undergraduate fees.