Dr David Townsend
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This Mathematical Physics degree will give you a solid understanding in both mathematics and physics. The course offers a wide range of mathematical and physics topics, and also gives you the option to transfer between Mathematics and Physics at an early stage. Our Mathematical Physics degree will also give you an extensive range of computer modelling skills.
This honours degree in Mathematical Physics is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
“My projects in Physics were a fantastic motivation and gave me the opportunity to see cutting edge research. This helped me shape my future decisions; to return to Physics at Heriot Watt for research studies.”
Course contentDetailed course guide
Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as: calculus, differential equations, classical mechanics and classical fields.
Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as analysis and statistical mechanics. There will also be courses in experimental and computing techniques.
Involves core mathematics and physics and includes topics such as: advanced differential equations, solid state and quantum physics. Practical work introduces an emphasis on mathematical modelling of systems.
Advanced-level topics are introduced such as Optimisation; Partial Differential Equations and Quantum Mechanics. Project work is designed to take advantage of additional mathematical and modelling skills developed in earlier years of study.
Work and study
This is what our BSc (Hons) Mathematical 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
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Customer service occupations
- Elementary occupations
- Highers AAAB or ABBBB with A in Maths or Physics
- A-Levels BBB to include Physics and Maths
- Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
- Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
- HNC B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
- 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
- Advanced Highers BB in Maths and Physics plus Highers
- A-Levels AAB with AA in Maths and Physics
- Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with BB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics
- 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.
- 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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