Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Benefit from exceptional teaching quality; we are consistently near the top of the league tables. Take the unique opportunity to explore the relationship between physics and music. 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. We are 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.

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. Music Year 1: theory and analysis; practical musicianship; creative composition techniques; practical composition skills; a very short history of music; introduction to historical musicology; introduction to world music; contemporary debates in music; solo performance; creative ensemble performance. Year 2: studies in music analysis; studies in composition; studies in music history; studies in ethnomusicology; studies in music, media and technology; practical performance. Year 3: composition; musicology; theory and analysis; performance.

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 AAA
  • Course specific
  • SQA Higher AAAAB

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%

£16,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

85% Go on to work and/or study

In work 60
Studying 25
Studying and working 0
Unemployed 5
Unknown 10

33% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 59%

Total Coursework: 41%

Total Practical: 0%

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

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