The course

UCAS code
F302
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

  • Contact

    Dr David Townsend

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 451 3794

  • Email

    physics@hw.ac.uk

Overview

This Physics degree covers subjects including dynamics, electromagnetic fields and optics. These areas lead onto the quantum world of subatomic particles, the unique nature of laser light, and the philosophically challenging ideas of quantum physics and astrophysics. Mathematics also plays an important part in understand physical concepts in more depth. In later years, the course will offer you various topics, including Laser Physics, Photonics, Semiconductor Physics, Instrumentation, Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles.

Through research projects, you’ll be able to develop skills in experimental design or computational modelling. The course will also help with your practical abilities, initiative and teamwork. The Physics degree is mathematically rigorous and suitable if you’re interested in a career in research.

Accreditation

This integrated masters in Physics (MPhys) is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Susan Chan

As a student I was awarded summer internships in research groups. It was great to be part of the research going on in Physics at Heriot-Watt. I was able to see what research was like and this helped me find my PhD place.

Susan Chan, Physics BSc

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Provides foundations of physics and mathematics and gives the opportunity to look at wider aspects of physics through experimental study in investigative techniques. Also covered are fundamental engineering skills in electronics and mechanics.

Year 2

Important themes of physics are introduced through courses in Thermal Physics, Photonics and Optics and Electronics. Experimental, Programming, and Communication skills are developed through practical laboratory activities.

Year 3

Deals with more advanced treatments of core physics, such as: Electromagnetism; Dynamics and Relativity; and Solid State Physics. Experimental and programming skills are further developed using more in-depth experimental studies.

Year 4

Deals with more advanced treatments of core physics, such as: Advanced Electromagnetism; Laser Physics; Quantum Concepts; and Solid State Physics. Students can choose from specialist topics including Optical Sensing and Optoelectronics.

Year 5

A major part of the final year is the Research Project; this usually takes place in our state-of-the-art research laboratories alongside our research staff. Taught courses include Condensed Matter, Nanophotonics and Material Physics.

Employability

Work and study

This is what our MPhys Physics students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 24% are working
  • 67% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 50% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • 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

Jobs

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

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • 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

Year 2

  • 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.

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Additional information

  • 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

Tuition fees for 2017 entry (by residency status)
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

Featured scholarships

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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