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Undergraduate Study

BSc Mathematics and Physics - 2020 entry

Please note: The below is for 2020 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code FG31
Duration 3 years
Entry year 2020

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Entry requirements

A levels: AAA-AAB
IB: 36/666 - 34/665

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Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Mathematics


  • Explore the interplay between mathematics and physics and choose from a wide range of optional modules across both subjects
  • Specialise in areas such as the physics of living systems, observing the universe or geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Learn from staff who are active and internationally recognised researchers across a wide range of applied, pure and theoretical topics
  • Join close-knit and supportive subject societies with regular events throughout the year

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8th in the Russell Group for Mathematics

The Guardian University League Table 2020

Explore the interplay between these two fascinating and complimentary subjects

Active and supportive subject societies with great social events throughout the year

Entry requirements

Qualification Required grades Required subjects
A-Level AAA-AAB GCE AL Maths and GCL Physics grade A or B
IB 36/666-34/665 IB Maths HL6 and HL5 in Mathematics and Physics
BTEC DDD Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require grade A and B in GCE AL Mathematics and Physics
GCSE C or 4 English Language
Contextual Offer

A-Level: BBB
IB: 30

Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.

International equivalences

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NB General Studies is not included in any offer.

Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not participate in an interview.

Applicants offering non-standard qualifications (for example the Access to Higher Education Diploma or Open University credits) may need to pass an A level style mathematics test to demonstrate ability. This test will be undertaken as part of an interview.

Physics interview days

Does everyone get interviewed?

Yes, all shortlisted applicants will be invited to visit the department for an interview.

When are interviews?

Interviews take place between November and March, your interview date will depend on when you submit your application.

What happens at an interview?

The interview process is relatively relaxed and allows us to find out more about what motivates you to study Physics.

What if I can’t attend?

We will make every effort to be as flexible as possible to allow you to attend an interview. Places are not normally offered to applicants who do not attend, however, if visiting the campus is not possible for you please contact us when you receive your invitation letter to discuss alternative arrangements.

What happens next?

All applications are considered on an individual basis and offers will be made shortly after your interview day has taken place.

International Foundation programmes

Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:

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Course content

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

The concepts and phenomena you’ll meet in year one are many and varied.  You’ll develop your understanding of physics while being introduced to core areas of university-level mathematics, consolidating and building on the material you’ll have learned at school or college.

Year 2 builds on the firm foundation in mathematics and physics gained in year one, and the principles that constitute the framework of the two subjects. You’ll take core physics modules in Electromagnetism and Quantum Mechanics while exploring the use of mathematics to give these principles a precise form. The core Algebra module will cover concepts and techniques that are widely used in many areas of mathematics. Optional modules give you the opportunity to learn about more specialised topics, and will inform your third year of study.

In your final year you’ll to apply the core principles of maths and physics in a broad range of important areas. You will take a core module in Nuclear Physics and an advanced Electromagnetism course, as well as undertaking an extended project which may be theoretical or experimental. You’ll also you have the opportunity to choose from a very wide range of optional modules, ranging from Pure Maths (e.g. Combinatorics) to Applied Maths (e.g. Mathematics of Climate Change), and including topics such as Biophysics and Astrophysics.


Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership.


Tuition fees for 2020 entry

UK and EU students: £9,250 per year
International students: £20,950 per year

Please note that these figures may be subject to change.

Global Excellence Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships worth £5000+ are available for International fee paying students studying Mathematics. If you’d like to find out more visit our funding database, or you can apply for this scholarship directly online.

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Learning and teaching

In a typical week you will spend 15 hours in a formal teaching environment, and be expected to spend a further 20 hours in independent study. The contact time is comprised of lectures and seminars, with support from weekly problems classes in physics and small group tutorials. You’ll also have sessions in the physics teaching laboratory and the IT suite.

Virtual learning environment

We are actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching. Through our virtual learning environment you can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes, as well as sets of lecture slides/notes, example and problem-sheets, videos, and interact through activities such as the discussion forums. Video recordings of lectures are normally made available to aid your revision.

Experimental and Theoretical skills

Experimental skills are acquired in the Physics laboratories and astronomical observatory, and here you are introduced to a wide range of apparatus and techniques. Training in mathematical and theoretical techniques are provided by our methods and computational modules. By the time you reach the start of their extended project work, you will have received the necessary preparation to undertake it with confidence in either experimental or theoretical topics, and these projects are tackled with great enthusiasm and energy.

Student support

We will fully support you as a student in a friendly environment: you will receive individual attention and feedback throughout your programme. Further support is available at lunchtime mathematics surgeries run by postgraduate students. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics so coursework is set in each module.

Weekly tutorials and problems in classes complement lectures and form the core of our academic support in Physics. You’ll meet with your tutor (a professor or lecturer) and four or five other students for one hour during every teaching week of your programme. These sessions are your opportunity to discuss any element of your academic studies. Throughout your time in Exeter, your tutor will also be your first point of call for pastoral support and will advise about the availability of University services including wellbeing, disability and financial help.


Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the coursework helps you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important for both Physics and Mathematics, as the subject matter develops logically as the degree progresses. Written examinations for mathematics modules are held in January and May/June of the first and second years and in May/June of each subsequent year. Some modules have tests, essays, presentations and/or project reports that contribute to the assessment.

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Your future

Exeter has an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and a strong employment record. Our graduates excel in specialist mathematical fields and across a broad range of other sectors. We offer a very wide range of opportunities for you to develop the skills employers are looking for.

Industrial experience

As part of your degree, you can choose to take an optional Commercial and Industrial Experience module during the vacation before your third year. This opportunity allows you to gain paid work experience in a commercial setting while earning credits towards your degree programme. Professional experience not only develops your CV but helps you to determine your career aspirations.

Your curriculum has been developed with partners, including IBM, the Met Office, South West Water, Black Swan and Oxygen House. Throughout your studies you will conduct individual and group projects using real world data sets. Modules will use current industry methods, platforms, software and data, to ensure that they are fully reflective of workplace practice.

We’ve designed our degrees with employability firmly in mind. As well as hard skills such as programming and data analysis, you’ll develop important work place skills such as communication, presentation and teamwork.

There is an established strong market demand for suitably skilled data scientists and data science skills are increasingly being sought across many sectors, particularly by the finance and accounting industries, supermarkets, online retailers such as Amazon and the NHS.

You’ll be able to meet with local and national employers who regularly visit the university to engage with students, hosting mock interviews, CV workshops, drop-ins and lectures. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the day to day activities of their business and recruitment opportunities. Our Careers Service also host a wealth of employer activity, such as Careers Fairs, so you’ll never be short of chances to network with potential employers.

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