Mathematics and physics courses
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Physicists observe natural phenomena – the way matter and energy interact – and create laws to explain them. They explore physical matter on every scale, from stars to sub-atomic particles, and energy in all its forms. They're behind the technology of the future, and at the forefront in solving global issues, such as climate change.
Mathematicians are equally vital to keeping the ever-complex modern world moving. Maths underpins the safety and efficiency of our transport and infrastructure. It helps us to analyse and find solutions to society's most-pressing issues, from climate change to crime prevention. In fact, almost every facet of the world relies on the the use and study of numbers, patterns and algorithms.
Our Mathematics and Physics degrees cover fundamental concepts of mathematics such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, fundamental physics, quantum technologies, materials research, particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics.
Mathematical, analytical, problem-solving and computational skills are sought after in many industries including transport, financial services, research and communications.
Why study Mathematics and Physics?
- Access advanced mathematical and statistical software including Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, and industry standard statistical and operational research software.
- For physics courses, you'll use 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.
- You could do also do a paid placement year after your second year to get experience in industry or commerce. Companies where you could do your placement include Airbus, BAE Systems, Disney, QinetiQ, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a number of major banks.
- Our Physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the Government-backed Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.
The variety of topics available and the wealth of knowledge and experience the Mathematics lecturers brought to the course was great -- and the sense of community made my time at Portsmouth really special.
Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics courses (2019/20 entry)
- Mathematics BSc (Hons)
- Mathematics for Finance and Management BSc (Hons)
- Mathematics MMath
- Mathematics with Statistics BSc (Hons)
- Physics BSc (Hons)
- Physics MPhys (Hons)
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology BSc (Hons)
- Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology MPhys (Hons)
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