Physics and Astronomy
MPhys Physics F303 4 years
BSc Physics F300 3 years
Exeter (Streatham Campus)
These programmes will give you an excellent understanding of mainstream physics and develop your physics intuition. You will study topics such as quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, relativity, high-energy and nuclear physics, quantum excitations in condensed matter, thermodynamics and cosmology. There are a variety of applied and theoretical options to choose from and, in the second year, you have the opportunity to take a module from outside of Physics (‘elective’). Module options are outlined in the tables towards the back of this brochure.
In the third and fourth years the programmes involve substantial project work. For the MPhys programmes this takes place within our research groups. Throughout your project you will meet once a week with your project supervisor to discuss progress and plan future work. If you opt for a BSc programme, you will work on two shorter projects in your third year. One of these can be team-based work on a real-world problem proposed by a local industrial company. As well as developing your research skills, you’ll learn to present and defend your work and ideas in a variety of ways. The experience and skills developed during this project work not only forms a valuable basis for a research career, but is also highly-valued by employers. Some project work has been of such a high standard that it has been published in major scientific journals.
Pre-University Physics Course
We run a three-day Pre-University Physics Course early in July each year which is open to anyone considering a physics course at any university. It provides a unique opportunity to get a feel for the subject at this level and for university life, before you make your choices on the UCAS form. Further information can be found on the Physics website.