Royal Holloway, University of London

Course Introduction

Four centuries of scientific advancement would have been impossible without experimental discoveries. Even today, we continue to learn from the methods used by luminaries like Galileo, Newton and Faraday, who changed the course of history with the discovery of the moons of Jupiter, the spectral splitting of white light and the uncovering of fundamental electromagnetic effects.

Experimental physics is also the engine behind modern technology; every measuring instrument and device known to humanity, from the wooden ruler to the most advanced high energy particle detection trigger mechanism for CERN was once discovered or invented in the hands of a physicist.

On our three'year Experimental Physics BSc, we continue in this tradition, delving into the thrills and surprises that nature has in store, making challenging experiments work, and convincing others that your observations and measurements are correct.

As long as experiments are performed correctly, you could render the most longstanding, elegant and profound theories utterly obsolete by one simple experimental fact.

While we’ll cover the same core skills and concepts of the Physics BSc programme for the first two years, the focus will later shift to the experimental techniques and methods that drive modern Physics. You’ll take courses like Frontiers of Metrology, Metals & Superconductors, with the key focus on experimental components through our specialist laboratory teaching.

+ You’ll get a deep understanding of physics, so you can decide on, design and conduct the most interesting experiments, develop new apparatus and measurement techniques and convince others of the veracity of your work.

+ We put a real emphasis on small group teaching – a close'knit, friendly and supportive environment with high staff'student ratio and an open door policy.

+ This course is fully accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP)

+ We’ve been awarded IOP Juno Champion and Athena SWAN silver awards for best practice in equality, promoting women in science and welcoming large cohorts of female students.

+ We also have close ties with, and conduct research at major international laboratories such as CERN, ISIS and Diamond, plus collaborations with SEPnet and other major institutions around the world

Course Modules

Mathematics for Scientists 1, Mathematics for Scientists 2, Scientific Skills 1, Scientific Skills 2, Classical Mechanics, Fields and Waves, Classical Matter, Physics of the Universe, Mathematical Methods, Scientific Computing Skills, Quantum Mechanics, Optics, Electromagnetism, Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Classical and Statistical Thermodynamics, The Solid State, Metals and Semiconductors, Superconductivity and Magnetism, Frontiers of Metrology

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) £15,600 Overseas Fees