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Learn about studying a Maths or Physics degree at university

Enjoy solving problems and working with equations? Big and exciting questions wait for you – in areas like technology, data, the environment and space exploration.

 

If you have an analytical mind and love to explore and investigate how the world around us works, then discover what you could do with a Maths or Physics degree at our Taster Days on 29 June 2022.

Pick to explore either the Maths or Physics Taster Day when you save your place. You'll join us on campus for sessions that will inspire and inform, with thought-provoking lectures, interactive workshops, student chat and pathway planning. Vast and exciting careers await you with a Maths or Physics degree. Your journey of discovery starts here.

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Discover Mathematics and Physics at Portsmouth

At our Maths and Physics Taster Days, you’ll: 

  • Either marvel at the mysteries of the universe or develop new ways of looking at shapes and space
  • Learn how mathematicians and physicists influence and shape important global events
  • Hear from current students about their learning experiences in different maths and physics courses
  • Discover fascinating careers and where a Maths or Physics degree can take you in the future
  • Find out about transferable skills you’ll develop during your studies that will make you highly employable
  • Choose whether to get involved in either the Maths or Physics Taster Day to access the relevant workshops and different lectures that interest you
  • Explore different aspects of Maths and Physics, which you can talk about on your UCAS personal statement

     

Taster day programme

Here's what happened at the Maths and Physics Taster Day in June 2022. Booking and details on future programmes will be available soon.

Maths strand

Check in from 10.00am at The Future Technology Centre, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE and get ready to learn about studying a Maths degree at university.

Here's our Subject Taster Days Guide, should you want to learn a little more about our Taster Days before booking or arrival.

Exciting careers and industries await you with a degree in Maths. Get an intro to the day and find about the different Maths courses available at the University of Portsmouth.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and see all 3 talks over the course of the day:

How Curved is a Cube?

Using props and diagrams, we'll introduce the fascinating and imaginative branch of Mathematics known as Topology, which lets us look at familiar objects like cubes and spheres in a new way.

Rabbits, Dripping Taps and Mathematical Mountains

Look at a simple model of rabbit populations and discover the unexpected chaos that can come from it. We will see how a simple iteration can result in a universal constant and how seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics can link together.

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

Mathematics is more than just number-crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically among other highly employable skills that many employers look for. Explore the careers Maths graduates go on to do, why employers are keen to hire Maths graduates and how Maths is used in every day life.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and see all 3 talks over the course of the day:

How Curved is a Cube?

Using props and diagrams, we'll introduce the fascinating and imaginative branch of Mathematics known as Topology, which lets us look at familiar objects like cubes and spheres in a new way.

Rabbits, Dripping Taps and Mathematical Mountains

Look at a simple model of rabbit populations and discover the unexpected chaos that can come from it. We will see how a simple iteration can result in a universal constant and how seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics can link together.

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

Mathematics is more than just number-crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically among other highly employable skills that many employers look for. Explore the careers Maths graduates go on to do, why employers are keen to hire Maths graduates and how Maths is used in every day life.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

The floor is yours. This session is your chance to ask our students your questions. Quiz them about a maths course, any of the courses you're interested in, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and see all 3 talks over the course of the day:

How Curved is a Cube?

Using props and diagrams, we'll introduce the fascinating and imaginative branch of Mathematics known as Topology, which lets us look at familiar objects like cubes and spheres in a new way.

Rabbits, Dripping Taps and Mathematical Mountains

Look at a simple model of rabbit populations and discover the unexpected chaos that can come from it. We will see how a simple iteration can result in a universal constant and how seemingly unrelated branches of mathematics can link together.

What can you do with a Mathematics degree?

Mathematics is more than just number-crunching. A degree in maths shows that you have the ability to think critically among other highly employable skills that many employers look for. Explore the careers Maths graduates go on to do, why employers are keen to hire Maths graduates and how Maths is used in every day life.

Physics strand

Check in from 10.00am at The Future Technology Centre, Portland Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE and get ready to learn about studying a Physics degree at university.

Here's our Subject Taster Days Guide, should you want to learn a little more about our Taster Days before booking or arrival.

Advances in physics lead to new technologies that change our world and forge a path to a brighter future. Get an intro to the day and find about the different Physics courses available at the University of Portsmouth.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and get involved in all 3 over the course of the day:

Shining galaxies in a dark Universe

The Universe is mostly dark and empty, but 5% of it is made of shining matter, which we can use to investigate the mysterious formation and evolution of our cosmos. In this talk, we provide a brief biography of the Universe and share state-of-art knowledge on what big galaxies are and how they form, including showing how our own Milky Way formed as a 'pizza'.

Cosmic detectives

An interactive session where you'll undertake their own Cosmological investigation from observations. You'll then use and apply the same methods our researchers to explore the Universe.

Lab tour and activity

Learn through supervised, practice-based experiments such as electron diffraction and speed of light measurement. Investigate the physical properties of thin films coated onto flexible substrates with various roughness levels. Study the details of quantum theory, mechanics and optics, and conduct research experiments such as using quantum interference to measure distance. 

Our students have access to specialist facilities during their learning, ready to thrive in the field of physics when they graduate. Take a look at some of the equipment you'll access at Portsmouth and put your skills to the test in some interactive activities across our laboratories.

Quick breather. Take stock of the morning then get ready for the next session.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and get involved in all 3 over the course of the day:

Shining galaxies in a dark Universe

The Universe is mostly dark and empty, but 5% of it is made of shining matter, which we can use to investigate the mysterious formation and evolution of our cosmos. In this talk, we provide a brief biography of the Universe and share state-of-art knowledge on what big galaxies are and how they form, including showing how our own Milky Way formed as a 'pizza'.

Cosmic detectives

An interactive session where you'll undertake their own Cosmological investigation from observations. You'll then use and apply the same methods our researchers to explore the Universe.

Lab tour and activity

Learn through supervised, practice-based experiments such as electron diffraction and speed of light measurement. Investigate the physical properties of thin films coated onto flexible substrates with various roughness levels. Study the details of quantum theory, mechanics and optics, and conduct research experiments such as using quantum interference to measure distance. 

Our students have access to specialist facilities during their learning, ready to thrive in the field of physics when they graduate. Take a look at some of the equipment you'll access at Portsmouth and put your skills to the test in some interactive activities across our laboratories.

Fuel-up. Feel free to bring your own lunch for the day or grab something from the cafeteria.

The floor is yours. This session is your chance to ask our students your questions. Quiz them about a Physics course, any of the courses you're interested in, the city of Portsmouth, moving away from home – and/or whatever you want to know about uni.

*You'll attend any 1 of the following sessions during this particular timeslot, and get involved in all 3 over the course of the day:

Shining galaxies in a dark Universe

The Universe is mostly dark and empty, but 5% of it is made of shining matter, which we can use to investigate the mysterious formation and evolution of our cosmos. In this talk, we provide a brief biography of the Universe and share state-of-art knowledge on what big galaxies are and how they form, including showing how our own Milky Way formed as a 'pizza'.

Cosmic detectives

An interactive session where you'll undertake their own Cosmological investigation from observations. You'll then use and apply the same methods our researchers to explore the Universe.

Lab tour and activity

Learn through supervised, practice-based experiments such as electron diffraction and speed of light measurement. Investigate the physical properties of thin films coated onto flexible substrates with various roughness levels. Study the details of quantum theory, mechanics and optics, and conduct research experiments such as using quantum interference to measure distance. 

Our students have access to specialist facilities during their learning, ready to thrive in the field of physics when they graduate. Take a look at some of the equipment you'll access at Portsmouth and put your skills to the test in some interactive activities across our laboratories.