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Train for a career in nuclear technology

The BSc Physics with Nuclear Technology course is the only one of its kind in Scotland, and is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP).

The programme develops your understanding of the fundamentals of physics as a core science, and will build your knowledge and professional skills to prepare you for a career in any area of physics, including industrial applications and academic research.

As the course has a focus on nuclear technology, you will be prepared for a career in the nuclear power industry, or in the use of nuclear technology in the healthcare sector.

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.

Placement Opportunities

Specifically designed for students with an interest in nuclear physics and its applications, the course offers options for placements in the UK and Europe, ensuring wide-ranging career opportunities. In recent years students have undertaken placements with Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and CERN Accelerator in Switzerland.

In addition to work-based learning the Honours sandwich programme also offers you the opportunity to complete a year’s paid work experience with an industrial or scientific employer in the UK or abroad.

Study Abroad

Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.

Science at UWS

Science courses at UWS have been developed in collaboration with industrial, professional and educational partners. Underpinned by research that is judged as “internationally excellent” and “world-class”, our degrees enable students to make a real world impact.

Our students graduate ready for a successful career or further study in their chosen scientific field.

94%

of all UWS students in work and/or further study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need? 

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Accelerated Entry 

Entry into year 2 and 3 is possible.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC including Maths and Physics or BBBC including Higher Maths at B grade and National 5 Physics at B grade (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD including Maths and Physics (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4 including Maths and Physics 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (4, 4 at HL)
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to Specialised Programme BBB
  • African WASSCE (WAEC): a pass in 5 subjects (minimum of 3 at Grade B) including Maths and Chemistry at Grade B

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Maths and Physics (112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: BCC including Maths and Physics (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points 
  • Scottish Baccalaureate in Science: Applications considered on an individual basis  
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Physics or Applied Sciences or other relevant discipline (all with an A in the Graded Unit)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM 

Year 3

  • SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: Physics or Applied Sciences or other relevant discipline (all with a B in the Graded Unit)

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

The BSc Physics with Nuclear Technology is designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of physics to an advanced level. You will study core topics in physics and specialise in nuclear  technologies 

As part of your degree you will take part in practical classes which 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 and to explore potential career options

Year 1

Five core modules include physics and mathematics. One optional module can be chosen from a range of science, engineering or computing-related modules. The physics modules cover the Scottish Advanced Higher syllabus. Aspects of atomic physics and thermodynamics are also taught.  

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 27% 
  • Independent study: 73% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Practical: 15% 
  • Coursework: 85% 

 

Year 2

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

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 28% 
  • Independent study: 71% 
  • Placement: 1% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written Exams: 48% 
  • Practical: 9% 
  • Coursework: 43%

Year 3

Core modules include electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic, applied and fundamental nuclear physics, and statistical physics. Some optional modules can be chosen from advanced calculus, advanced optics, imaging and nuclear medicine.  

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 25% 
  • Independent study: 75% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written Exams: 60% 
  • Coursework: 40%

(Optional) industrial placement

You will have the option of spending a year working in industry or a relevant scientific research laboratory. 

Year 4

Subjects are more advanced developments of those undertaken in Year 3, with additional topics including nuclear and particle physics, solid state physics, ultrasonics and nanotechnology, surface analysis and detectors.  

You will also complete a research dissertation where your knowledge can be applied to an original research problem relating to nuclear physics. 

Learning and teaching: 

  • Scheduled learning: 21% 
  • Independent study: 79% 

 

Assessment: 

  • Written Exams: 50% 
  • Practical: 17% 
  • Coursework: 33%

Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and workshops. 

You will also have the opportunity to take part in group work and independent learning to develop your transferable skills such as research, presentation, communication and working as part of a team. 

This degree is assessed using a variety of assessment methods including: 

  • Written examinations 
  • Coursework 
  • Practical assessment

Learn a Language (optional)

This course also gives you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover multiple languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. The cost of your language module is included in the tuition fees. Find out more

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career prospects

Jobs

There is significant worldwide investment in the nuclear industry, which means job opportunities are plentiful. High demand for physics graduates – combined with your specialist knowledge in nuclear technology – enhances your employability in the nuclear energy sector, and nuclear medical imaging.   

 

Graduates have gone on to work in roles including Nuclear Engineer, Nuclear Safety Consultant, Nuclear Waste Advisor and Radiological Consultant. 

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study at MSc, MRes and PhD level. Others go on to complete a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) to become a physics teacher at secondary school level.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,100 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Part-time / online study lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.

In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.

Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.

You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

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Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Other Financial Support

Discretionary & Childcare Funds

UWS administer a range of discretionary and childcare funds. These are designed to support students who are experiencing financial difficulty or struggling to meet the costs of childcare.

Find out more.

Benefits & Tax Credits

Becoming a student can have an impact on your entitlement to certain benefits. It may mean you are no longer eligible to claim a benefit you have been receiving, or your new income from student funding may affect the amount you are able to receive.

Find out more.

Additional Financial Support

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, or you are in need of additional financial support, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more.

Money & Debt Advice

Choosing to become a student can have a big impact on your budget and you may need to reassess your spending to account for a reduced income. We’ve put together some guidance to help you manage your money and make the right financial choices for you and your family.

Find out more.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The deadline for the 2018/19 entry was 15 January 2018, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it is  still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications with UCAS course choices is 30 June 2018, 18:00 (UK time). If you have missed the last deadline, you might be able to apply via ‘Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places for this session.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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