The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
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    Dr David Townsend

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Core concepts studied include dynamics, electromagnetic fields and optics, leading to the fascinating quantum world of subatomic particles, the unique nature of laser light, and the philosophically challenging ideas of astrophysics. Mathematics forms an integral part in enabling students to understand physical concepts in depth. There are various options available in later years including Laser Physics, Photonics, Semiconductor Physics, Instrumentation, Nuclear Physics and Elementary Particles.

Research projects allow students to develop skills in experimental design or computational modelling, as well as practical ability, initiative, and teamwork. The MPhys degree is mathematically rigorous and suitable for those wishing to pursue research.


Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

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..

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study: 66%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical:17%
  • Coursework:27%
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

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:35%
  • Independent study: 65%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:68%
  • Practical:11%
  • Coursework:21%
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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:38%
  • Independent study: 62%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:69%
  • Practical:11%
  • Coursework:20%
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.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:75%
  • Practical:20%
  • Coursework:5%
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.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:40%
  • Independent study: 60%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:58%
  • Practical:4%
  • Coursework:38%

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