Physics (Study Abroad)

MPhys Hons

  • UCAS code F305
  • Entry year 2025 or 2024
  • A level requirements AAA
  • Duration Full time 4 years


Top reasons to study with us

  • 4

    4th for Physics

    The Guardian University Guide (2024)

  • 6

    6th for Physics and Astronomy

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2024)

  • 8

    8th for Physics

    The Complete University Guide (2025)

This is our flagship degree programme that offers you the flexibility to study the areas of physics that interest you the most. Physics is an exciting subject that underpins much of modern society, and you’ll find yourself exploring matter, forces, and the universe around you. Our courses combine studying fundamental concepts with cutting-edge topics, ranging from understanding sub-atomic particles like the Higgs Boson to exploring how superfluids behave at the lowest temperatures.

We want your degree to work for you! That is why we offer you the flexibility to build your own physics degree by choosing from the broad range of modules that we teach.

How does this take shape?

There are two options:

Option 1

Keep your horizons open and explore your interests by selecting optional modules from across our broad spectrum of topics, subject to prerequisites in later years.

Option 2

We have grouped together a selection of modules to create ‘pathways’ that help guide your choices so that you can focus on your specific area of interest. These pathways are:

  • Quantum Technology
  • Particle Physics
  • Particle Physics with Theoretical Cosmology

We’ll ask you to indicate your preference for one of our pathways from Option 2 near the end of Year 1. The modules recommended for each pathway can be found in our subject brochure.

When do I study these modules?

In Year 1, everybody studies the same core curriculum, which provides a solid grounding in fundamental physics, covering topics such as relativity, quantum mechanics, solid state physics, particle physics, and electricity and magnetism. This is complemented by laboratories where you will perform state-of-the-art experiments with sophisticated equipment and associated software.

The common core continues for the first term of Year 2. In Lent term, your degree really starts to flex in the way you want it to with modules starting to reflect your individual interests.

What if I want to change my choices?

That’s fine! We are happy to guide you in choosing different modules. And, did you know that you can also switch to one of our other degrees at the end of Year 1 if you feel that it would suit you better?

As a study abroad student, you will spend your third year studying at one of our partner universities in Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada or Europe. You study the same subjects at Lancaster as students on any one of our single-major degree schemes, and undertake courses at our partner institutions that are equivalent to those that you would have followed here.

In Year 4 you will spend much of your time working on your independent research project. Our academics are experts in their fields so your project topic will be exciting and explore new research frontiers. In addition, you will take 6 Master’s-level modules to reflect your interests. If you’ve chosen a pathway, then 3 or 4 of your options will be predetermined, with the remaining Master’s-level modules left up to you. If you’ve elected for Option 1, then all 6 modules choices are up to you. Optional modules choices are subject to pre-requisites.

Studying abroad

There are no restrictions with our study abroad scheme, meaning you can study any of our physics degrees with a year abroad by applying to this particular degree programme. For example, if you want to study Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology with a year abroad then you would still apply for Physics (Study Abroad).

Lancaster University will make reasonable endeavours to place students at an approved overseas partner university that offers appropriate modules which contribute credit to your Lancaster degree. Occasionally places overseas may not be available for all students who want to study abroad or the place at the partner university may be withdrawn if core modules are unavailable. If you are not offered a place to study overseas, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent standard degree scheme and would complete your studies at Lancaster.

Lancaster University cannot accept responsibility for any financial aspects of the year or term abroad.


Physics is an exciting subject that is fundamental to developments in modern society. Physicists have advanced problem-solving skills, programming knowledge, critical thinking abilities and project management experience, all of which are honed over the course of your degree. These skills open a wealth of career options from the very pure, such as expanding knowledge through scientific research or very practical like exploring the world of data science and software development. Many of our graduates continue their studies to PhD level and embark on a career in academia. A wealth of additional opportunities also exists, such as teaching or careers within the business and finance sectors. Our graduates are well-paid, with the median starting salary of our Physics degrees being £28,000 (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023).

Here are just some of the roles that our BSc and MPhys Physics students have progressed into upon graduating:

  • Graduate Systems Engineer – BAE Systems
  • Big Data Developer - SanTech UK
  • Graduate Software Engineer – Royal Bank of Scotland
  • PhD Candidate – Manchester University
  • Graduate Transport Modeller – Mott MacDonald
  • Postdoctoral Researcher – Lancaster University
  • Data Technician – S.E Recycling
  • Analyst Programmer – Dorset Software
  • PhD Researcher – University of Nottingham
  • Young Graduate Trainee (Space Weather) - European Space Agency

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Entry requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA

Required Subjects A level Mathematics grade A and A level Physics grade A

IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Interviews Applicants may be interviewed before being made an offer.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and Physics HL

BTEC May be considered alongside A level Mathematics and A level Physics.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via

International foundation programmes

Delivered in partnership with INTO Lancaster University, our one-year tailored foundation pathways are designed to improve your subject knowledge and English language skills to the level required by a range of Lancaster University degrees. Visit the INTO Lancaster University website for more details and a list of eligible degrees you can progress onto.

Contextual admissions

Contextual admissions could help you gain a place at university if you have faced additional challenges during your education which might have impacted your results. Visit our contextual admissions page to find out about how this works and whether you could be eligible.

Course structure

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.


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Fees and funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2025/26 entry fees have not yet been set.

As a guide, our fees in 2024/25 were:

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£9,250 £28,675

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Scholarships and bursaries

Details of our scholarships and bursaries for students starting in 2025 are not yet available. You can use our scholarships for 2024-entry applicants as guidance.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2025/2026 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

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