by the Institute of Physics, and with opportunities for paid work experience, the BSc Physics teaches the fundamentals of physics as a core science. It will
develop your professional skills and expertise for a career in any area of
physics, from industrial applications to academic research.
SQA Highers: BBBC including Maths and Physics or BBBC including Maths at B grade and Nat. 5 Physics at B grade
GCE A-Levels: CC including Maths and Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate: BBBC including Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
SQA Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths and Physics
GCE A-Levels: BCC including Maths and Physics
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
Scottish Baccalaureate in Science: Applicants referred to the AO
SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Physics, Applied Sciences or a relevant discipline
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM (applicants referred to the AO)
SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Physics, Applied Sciences or a relevant discipline
You will be
taught by academics who are specialists in the field, and UWS is one of eight
Scottish universities that have formed a research alliance with the aim of
placing Scotland at the forefront of physics research.
You will study
core topics in physics, along with option subjects. During the first three
years of the programme, practical classes will enhance your familiarity with
the principles and techniques of experimental physics. You will have
flexibility in your choice of final degree title.
speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your
understanding of the subject. A
representative from Thales Group recently addressed 3rd and 4th
Core modules include physics and mathematics and a choice of other subjects from a range of science, engineering or computing-related topics. The physics modules cover the SQA Advanced Higher syllabus. Aspects of atomic physics and thermodynamics are also taught.
You will branch out to other areas including electronics, vibrations and waves, and mathematical modelling. Practical and professional skills are also developed.
Core topics include electromagnetism, solid-state physics, atomic and nuclear physics, optics and relativity. There is a free option, allowing you to choose from other suitable disciplines.
(Optional) industrial placement
This is an optional year spent in industry or a relevant scientific research laboratory.
Subjects are more advanced developments of those undertaken in Year 3, with additional topics including statistical physics, ultrasonics and nanotechnology. You will undertake a project where your knowledge can be applied to an original research problem.
There is high demand for physics graduates in Scotland and elsewhere, from industries including microelectronic telecommunications, optics and energy. Physicists are also in demand in the public services, including in schools and hospitals, the civil service and research laboratories. Graduates work with major companies including BAe Systems, Fujitsu, Motorola, and Nikon.
sandwich programme also offers you the benefit of a year’s paid work experience
with an industrial or scientific employer in the UK or abroad. In recent years students have undertaken
placements with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and CERN Accelerator in Switzerland.
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP).