Physics at Lancaster University


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About the Pathway

Specific A Level Entry Requirements: Physics and Mathematics

We have a strong reputation for high-quality teaching driven by outstanding research, delivered in a supportive and inspiring environment and accredited by the Institute of Physics. You will develop a working knowledge and understanding of the physics of fluids and solids, especially their thermal and electrical properties, with emphasis also in computing, classical mechanics and quantum physics.

Double Weighted Pathway: This pathway requires a set of first-year maths-based modules, either through the Physics Department (under the heading Physical Systems) or the Mathematics Department (under the heading Single Mathematics). As such, students taking Physics can only take one other pathway in addition to either of the supporting maths pathways.

For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work. The following modules are for entry year 2025.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Core modules Core modules Optional modules
Classical Mechanics Introduction to Experimental Lab Astrophysics II
Electric and Magnetic Fields Optional modules Astrophysics Group Project
Quantum Physics Introduction to Astronomy and Astrophysics Astrophysics Laboratory
The Physical Universe Experimental Lab III Atomic Physics
Thermal Properties of Matter Classical Fields Computer Modelling
Optional modules The Dynamics and Content of the Universe Cosmology Group Project
Students need to take either the Physics Mathematics modules listed below or the Single Mathematics Pathway Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics Cosmology II
Complex Methods Experimental Lab I Energy
Functions and Differentiation Experimental Lab II Flavour Physics
Integration Experimental Lab III Groups and Symmetries
Series and Differential Equations Experimental Principles of Particle Detection Low Temperature Physics Laboratory
Vector Calculus Maths I Particle Physics
Maths II Particle Physics Group Project
Mechanics and Variations Physics Literature Search
Quantum Mechanics Physics of Fluids
Relativity, Nuclei and Particles Physics of Living Systems
Scientific Programming and Modelling Project Semiconductor Physics Laboratory
Thermal Properties of Matter Solid State Physics
Solar System Physics Space and Auroral Physics
Application of Quantum Dynamics and Entanglement Statistical Physics
Theoretical Physics Group Project
Theoretical Physics Independent Study

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and some which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.