Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Study in a Physics department known for internationally top'class research at the cutting edge of particle physics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, experimental quantum computing, quantum matter at low temperatures, theoretical physics and biophysics. Benefit from exceptional teaching quality; we are consistently near the top of the league tables. Take the unique opportunity to explore the connections between physics and philosophy. The course offers reasonable class sizes with a focus on small group teaching and good access to your lecturers. Enjoy a friendly and informal atmosphere.

Course Modules

Physics Year 1: mathematics for scientists; mechanics and relativity; classical matter; physics of the universe; fields and waves; scientific skills. Year 2: mathematical methods; scientific computing skills; quantum mechanics; optics; electromagnetism; atomic and nuclear physics; particle detectors and accelerators; classical and statistical thermodynamics; the solid state; astronomy. Year 3: experimental or theoretical project; particle physics; semiconductors and superconductor; modern topics of condensed matter; particle astrophysics. Philosophy Year 1: introduction to ancient philosophy; introduction to modern philosophy; epistemology and metaphysics; introduction to aesthetics and morals; mind and consciousness; introduction to logic. Year 2: introduction to European philosophy 1 (from Kant to Hegel); mind and world; introduction to European philosophy 2 (the critique of idealism); philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; modern political thought; contemporary political theory. Year 3: modern European philosophy 1 (from Husserl to Heidegger); modern European philosophy 2 (poststructuralism and its critics); recovering reality; philosophy and the arts; practical ethics; scepticism; philosophy of psychology; modern French philosophy; philosophy of religion; body and soul in ancient philosophy; the good life; literature and philosophy; key thinkers; radical political theory; the politics of toleration; social justice: from theory to practice; issues in democratic theory.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £15,200  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • European Baccalaureate 70%
  • International Baccalaureate 32
  • GCE A-level AAB-AAA
  • SQA Advanced Higher AA
  • Course specific
  • SQA Higher AAABB

Key Course Information

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100% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 94%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 91%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 75%

£18,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

87% Go on to work and/or study

In work 44
Studying 39
Studying and working 4
Unemployed 11
Unknown 3

30% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 56%

Total Coursework: 44%

Total Practical: 0%

£4,300 - £5,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£4,200 - £5,000
Typical cost of private accommodation