Dr David Townsend
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Our Engineering Physics degree looks at engineering applications of physics in areas such as Microelectronics, Optics and Electromagnetism. It will help you develop a creative approach to solving engineering-related problems.
The course includes practical, theoretical and skill-based studies in Materials Science, Electronics, and Computer Modelling. This Engineering Physics degree will give you the knowledge and skills required by both the industry and service sectors. You’ll also be well prepared for a career in research.
The honours degree in Engineering Physics is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).
Course contentDetailed course guide
Provides foundations of physics and mathematics, and the opportunity to look at wider aspects through a series of courses in investigative techniques. Fundamental engineering skills in electronics and mechanics are covered in courses delivered by the engineering departments.
Important themes of physics are introduced through courses in Photonics and Optics; Thermal Physics and Properties of Matter.
Deals with more advanced treatments of core physics, such as: Electromagnetism; Dynamics and Quantum Concepts; and Solid State Physics. Experimental and programming skills are further developed using more in-depth experimental studies and simulations.
Physics courses cover Quantum Concepts, Nuclear and Particle physics. There is an increased emphasis on engineering including topics such as Electrical Energy Systems and Energy Studies.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Engineering Physics students are doing six months after graduating:
- 14% are working
- 67% are studying
- 0% are working and studying.
- 50% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £20000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £20000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
- Sales occupations
- Engineering professionals
- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
- Administrative occupations
- Secretarial and related occupations
- Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
- Customer service occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Highers AAAB or ABBBB with A in Maths or Physics
- A-Levels ABB with A in Maths or Physics
- HNC B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
- Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
- Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
- Additional information Entry normally to include Physics and Mathematics Highers or A-Levels at A or B and for Chemical Physics B in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
- A-Levels AAB with A in Maths and Physics
- Advanced Highers BB in Maths and Physics plus Highers
- HNC A in graded unit. Relevant HNC - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
- HND BB in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
- Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with BB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics
- HND AA in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
- A range of alternative qualifications may be accepted including good qualifications in non-scientific subjects. We will also consider mature applicants with appropriate work experience. Advanced qualifications should be in Physics and Mathematics.
Fees and funding
|Status*||Scotland / EU**||England / Northern Ireland / Wales||International|
|Fee||Paid by SAAS||£9,250||£17,440|
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018
In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.
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