UCAS codes

  • F300 -

Course contact

Dr Gregory Morozov
0800 027 1000 (44 141 849 4101 outwith UK)


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 years
  • BSc Hons - 4 years
  • BSc Hons (Sandwich) - 5 years


Start date(s)

  • September

Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

Accredited 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.

BSc Physics - University of the West of Scotland

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.

Guest 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 year students.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

You will branch out to other areas including electronics, vibrations and waves, and mathematical modelling. Practical and professional skills are also developed.

Year 3

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.

Year 4 (Honours)

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. The Honours 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).

IOP, Institute of Physics - UWS