Physics MPhys (Hons)

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UCAS Code
F302
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
4 years full-time, 5 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019

Overview

Put your passion for physics into practice, develop your research skills and deepen your knowledge on this MPhys (Hons) Physics integrated Master's degree course.

You'll further your understanding of all things physics, from quantum theory to cosmology. When you finish the course you can apply what you’ve learned in roles across various industries or go on to do a PhD.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Expand your knowledge of all aspects of physics, from the minutiae of quantum physics to the expanse of cosmology
  • Investigate new technologies and theories alongside the University's research teams
  • Use specialist scientific software, equipment and facilities to monitor and analyse the weather, pollutants and radiation levels
  • Get to grips with exciting technologies including Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM)
  • Use LabVIEW software – the same software CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) use to run the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator
  • Visit companies such as BAE Systems, Airbus, QinetiQ and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Attend a programme of guest lectures hosted by experts including speakers from the medical physics department at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
  • Study at a university where physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the latest Government-backed REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Work experience and career planning

Our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience and research opportunities during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary opportunities that will complement your studies and match your future ambitions.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work and research experience in the industry.

Previous students have completed placements in well-known organisations such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • Airbus
  • QinetiQ

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Careers and opportunities

After the course you could do further study or a PhD. Or you could apply your skills and knowledge in areas such as:

  • aerospace
  • energy
  • medical instrumentation
  • defence
  • IT
  • scientific journalism
  • finance

Whatever your career choice, our Careers and Employability service will help you to get where you want to be in your desired career. You'll get advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University, to ensure you get the most out of your burgeoning post-academic career.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.
Entry Requirements

  • 112-128 points to include 40 points from A Level Physics and 40 points from A Level Mathematics, or equivalent. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
    See the other qualifications we accept

  • 112-128 points to include 40 points from A Level Physics and 40 points from A Level Mathematics, or equivalent. For A levels which include a separate science practical component, a pass is desirable and may strengthen an application.
    See the other qualifications we accept

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £15,100 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

For compulsory fieldwork on this course, the cost of travel and accommodation is included in the course fee. You’ll need to pay for meals and other subsistence costs while completing fieldwork.

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Space Science and Applications of Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Introduction to Computational Physics
  • Introduction to Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1
  • Introduction to Mathematical Physics 2

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Mathematical Physics
  • Introduction to Modern Physics and Astrophysics
  • Practical Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
  • Waves and Optics

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies
  • Work-Based Learning
  • Computational Physics
  • Energy Resource

Core units in this year include:

  • Solid State Physics and Detectors

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Climate Change
  • Health Physics
  • Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology
  • Introduction to Multiferroic Materials and their Applications
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • Group Project
  • Modern Astrophysics 1
  • Nanoscale Surface Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physical Cosmology
  • Project
  • Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information
  • Solid State Physics and Detectors
  • Undergraduate Ambassador

Core units in this year include:

  • Advanced Research Project

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Computational Techniques
  • Observational Astronomy and Cosmology
  • Contemporary Theoretical Physics

​We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • practical work
  • field work
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • projects

The focus of teaching on this course is on active learning, so you'll have the practical skills you need to succeed in your career.

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 36% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 64% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year 2 students: 30% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 70% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year 3 students: 22% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 78% studying independently and 0% on work placement
  • Year 4 students: 12% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities, 88% studying independently and 0% on work placement

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • coursework
  • practical work (both laboratory and field based)
  • presentations
  • production of posters and portfolios
  • a research based final-year project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 28% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 72% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 47% by written exams, 0% by practical exams and 53% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 33% by written exams, 11% by practical exams and 56% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 17% by written exams, 27% by practical exams and 56% by coursework

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Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.
How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

How to apply

Want to start this course this year?

There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

Want to start this course in 2019?

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – F302
  • our institution code – P80

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

Contact information
  • Admissions
  • +44 (0) 23 9284 5566

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