Physics with Nuclear Technology
The only programme
of its kind in Scotland, the BSc Physics with Nuclear Technology is specifically designed for students with
an interest in nuclear physics and its applications. Opportunities exist for placements
in the UK and Europe, ensuring wide-ranging career opportunities.
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
technology has far-reaching applications for our world; in medical imaging,
environmental monitoring, radioactive dating, and nuclear energy generation.
Nuclear physics and radiation detection are also prerequisites in conducting
research in nuclear and particle physics at large laboratories such as CERN, the
European organisation for Nuclear Research.
In the first two years of the programme, you will study the core aspects of physics, covering largely the same content as the Physics programme (see page 110). Year 3 studies include applied nuclear physics, nuclear imaging and the physics of nuclear reactors. Year 4 studies include renewable energy, radiation detection and measurement and research topics in nuclear physics. During Year 4 you will also carry out project work aligned to our nuclear-physics research group. Studies will also include nuclear structure and reactions, nuclear medical imaging, applied nuclear physics, and renewable energy and pollution.
(Optional) sandwich placement
You may undertake a one-year placement between years 3 and 4 in industry or a research institution in the UK or Europe
significant worldwide investment in the nuclear industry, which means job
opportunities are plentiful. There is high demand for physics graduates and
your nuclear technology training enhances your employability to include the
nuclear energy sector, and nuclear medical imaging. Roles include Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear
Safety Consultant, Nuclear Waste Advisor and Radiological Consultant.
Most lectures are complemented by practical work where you will also learn the general principles of experimental physics. We have a large and active research group in experimental nuclear physics at UWS; and in the final year of the Honours programme you will have the opportunity to carry out project work in one of our research groups. Lecturers are world-leading experts in the field of nuclear physics and often incorporate their research into the material taught on the programme. You will also benefit from small class sizes, one-to-one tuition and small group tutorials.
Between years 3 and 4, there is the option to undertake a year’s sandwich placement (see opposite).
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).