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.

Professional recognition

Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership. As a supporter of the Institute of Physics Project Juno, we're committed to addressing the under-representation of women in physics and gender equality in higher education and research.

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.

What you'll study 

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

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

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

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

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

  • Introduction to Modern Physics and Astrophysics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Computational Physics
  • Institution-wide Language Programme
  • Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Practical Laboratory and Field Physics
  • Universe: Planetary Systems, Stars and Galaxies

Optional 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.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

  • Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information
  • Solid State Physics and Detectors

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Group Project
  • 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
  • Undergraduate Ambassador

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

  • Advanced Physics Research Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Computational Techniques
  • Contemporary Theoretical Physics
  • Microwave and Highspeed Digital Design
  • Modern Astrophysics 2
  • Observational Astronomy and Cosmology

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.

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 modules 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

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Physics degree?

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.

MPhys (Hons), MPhys (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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