What Will You Study
Lancaster’s particle physicists work at state-of-the-art particle accelerators to investigate and identify the nature of space and time. Our resident cosmologists employ all of their creative and mathematical abilities to explain the early history of the universe in a way that complements and supports observational and experimental data. All this expertise is translated into an exciting, modern Physics course based on the foundation of our core Physics programme.
You will take a range of subjects including Quantum Physics and Electromagnetism in the first year, as well as Astronomy, Detection and Acceleration of Particles and Introductory Cosmology in the second year. In your third year, your modules include Big Bang Cosmology, Flavour Physics and Particle Physics Laboratory studies.
- Physics : BSc Hons
- Physics : MPhys Hons
- Physics (Study Abroad) : MPhys Hons
- Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology : MPhys Hons
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology : BSc Hons
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology : MPhys Hons
- Theoretical Physics : BSc Hons
- Theoretical Physics : MPhys Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics : BSc Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics : MSci Hons
- Theoretical Physics with Mathematics (Study Abroad) : MSci Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Basic Physics Skills / Communication Skills
- Classical Mechanics
- Complex methods
- Electric and Magnetic Fields
- Electrical Circuits & Instruments / Practical Lab II
- Functions and differentiation
- Optics & Optical Instruments / Practical Lab III
- Oscillations & Waves / Practical Lab I
- Quantum Physics
- Series and Differential Equations
- The Physical Universe
- Thermal Properties of Matter
- Vector Calculus
- Vectors & Vector Algebra / IT Skills
- Cosmology I
- Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics
- Experimental principles of particle detection
- Maths I
- Maths II
- Quantum Mechanics
- Relativity, Nuclei and Particles
- Scientific Programming and Modelling Project
- Thermal Properties of Matter
- Atomic Physics
- Cosmology II
- Flavour Physics
- General Physics Examination Paper
- Groups and Symmetries
- Particle Physics
- Solid State Physics
- Statistical Physics
- Computer Modelling
- Cosmology Group Project
- Lasers and Applications
- Matter at low temperature
- Particle Physics Group Project
- Physics of Fluids
- Physics of Living Systems
- Space Physics
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-level: AAA (Physics and Mathematics)
General Studies: Accepted as one of 4 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
Scottish Highers: AAABB 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: 36 pts overall with 16 pts from three HL subjects including Mathematics and Physics.
New UK 'Diploma' & Cambridge Pre-U: Contact us for information
Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to the developments in modern society. Applications of the subject range from the very pure to the very practical, and a physics degree opens up a wide range of rewarding careers in scientific research and technological development, as well as in a variety of other professions. A substantial number of our graduates continue onto postgraduate education, or enter employment that directly relies on their specialist skills. Our students also find employment in careers where they are valued because of general skills gained during the course such as logical thinking, problem solving, numeracy and computer literacy. Examples include consulting, finance, computer programming, and accountancy, as well as managerial and administrative positions.
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.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lectures, tutorials, interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using various methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions and oral presentations. Formal examinations include basic and in-depth questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supervised in the production of final year project reports and dissertations, while students in laboratory classes are supported by demonstrators. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to 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 2015, 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 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per 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 qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students taking Part I of the course are charged £10 for a bound copy of the lab manual. There are a number of optional one-day visits to places of interest and students pay travel costs.
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.