The course

UCAS code
Up to 4 years
Delivery type



The Course

Mathematics and physics are inextricably linked. The comprehensive grounding in mathematics offered by this programme underpins an exploration of key physics topics, including quantum theory, nuclear physics and solid state physics. While a clear understanding of the subject will be a given, employers will also be looking for the other qualities imparted through this programme, in particular numerical, analytical and problem solving skills.

Teaching excellence and student satisfaction

95% of our 2015 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that they were satisfied overall with their course.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Level 1 has been designed to ease the transition from school to university. You will take courses in calculus and algebra which continue the study of these subjects from school, while also taking physics courses on mechanics and waves and fields and forces.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:29%
  • Independent study:71%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:44%
Year 2

Work in mathematics consolidates and extends the first year content, with applied mathematics and numerical analysis being introduced, alongside physics courses in photonics, quantum mechanics and relativity.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:30%
  • Independent study:70%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:75%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:25%
Year 3

Mathematics courses in pure and applied topics are offered along with physics courses in advanced quantum theory, electromagnetism and optics.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:31%
  • Independent study:69%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:71%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:29%
Year 4

Further exploration and specialisation in advanced mathematics is possible with options related to our research expertise, together with a selection of topics in advanced physics.

More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:28%
  • Independent study:72%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written: 85%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework:15%


Work and study

This is what our BSc Mathematics with Physics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 72% are working
  • 11% are studying
  • 2% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £21000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £22000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Skilled trades occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBBB including Mathematics at A and Physics
  • A-Levels ABB including Mathematics at A and Physics
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 5
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics and Physics

Year 2

  • A-Levels AAB including Mathematics at A and Physics
  • Advanced Highers ABB including Mathematics at A and Physics plus excellent Highers or Scottish Baccalaureate
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level 6
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDD including sufficient Mathematics and Physics

Additional information

  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours programmes, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
  • Applications from students studying a relevant HNC/HND or recognised Access Programme who possess a suitable grounding or appropriate qualification in Mathematics and Physics would be welcomed.
  • We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £13,770

* 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

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2017

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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