UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

When we turn on a light or check the weather forecast, we are reaping the practical benefits of physics research. As well as exploring fundamental science, this BSc goes to the cutting edge of technologies that affect everyday life, equipping you with the tools and imagination to address tomorrow's questions.

Course Modules

Modules include: Year 1: Classical mechanics; wave motion, optics and acoustics; electricity and magnetism; modern physics; astronomy and cosmology; thermal physics; mathematics for physics; practical skills (includes: experimental physics, computer skills and programming, data analysis, project work). Year 2: Electromagnetic waves and relativity; quantum physics; physics of the solid state; atomic and molecular physics; mathematical methods in physics; practical skills (includes experimental physics, computer usage, electronics, numerical analysis, project work); options (from pure mathematics; communication of scientific ideas; modern languages; history and philosophy of science; options from other degrees taught within the Department or courses from other departments). Year 3: Major project (of a design, computing, experimental, theoretical or mathematical nature); theoretical physics (topics in electromagnetic and quantum theory); statistical and solid state physics; nuclear and particle physics; options (from further mathematical methods; applied physics; astronomy; medical physics or space science options; 1 may be from the list of options for MSci (Physics) 4th year).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £22,380  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • SQA Advanced Higher AAA
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAABB
  • GCE A-level AAA
  • European Baccalaureate 80%-85%
  • Course specific
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Diploma DDD
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD
  • SQA Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade

Key Course Information

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85% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 87%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 85%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 90%

£25,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

75% Go on to work and/or study

In work 40
Studying 35
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 20
Unknown 5

33% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 66%

Total Coursework: 31%

Total Practical: 4%

£5,337 - £7,371
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,915 - £6,624
Typical cost of private accommodation