Physics with Nuclear Technology

UCAS codes

  • F390 -

Course contact

Dr Klaus Spohr
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.

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. 

BSc Physics with Nuclear Technology - 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:
H3 H3 H3 H3 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
Nuclear 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.

Your Learning

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

    There is 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).

    IOP, Institute of Physics - UWS

    Useful Information

    • Merit Scholarships available. Non-EU applicants who meet or exceed our entry criteria are invited to apply. Applicants who have succeeded despite unusual challenges are particularly encouraged to apply
      Additional costs

      From time to time students are encouraged to attend events of interest such as the Conference for Astronomy and Physics Students.  Students are required to pay their own travel costs if they attend.