St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Applied Physics focuses on the engineering aspect of physics, meaning that greater emphasis is given to the real life applications of what you are taught.

The course is based on active, problem-based. learning. You will learn about a range of topics that are considered important to future technology and - more importantly - humanity. The degree aims to equip you with all the skills needed to be highly employable.

Collaborations with local industries (such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) in areas ranging from nanotechnology to medical physics, will aid your development and ensure you're well prepared to pursue a career in academia or industry after graduating.

The Institute of Physics (IOP) recognised BSc (Hons) Applied Physics degree is run in collaboration with the nearby National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington. The NPL is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world leading centre of excellence in Applied Physics. The Applied Physics Team are nationally and internationally renowned researchers in their fields of expertise, ranging from nanotechnology and biophysics to astrophysics and nuclear physics. Students will be taught by professional physicists in a research-led environment.

Course Modules

Year one is your introductory year where you will explore the physics of electromagnetism, particles and waves, heat, nanotechnology and the environment together with (i) mathematical methods used in physics and computing and (ii) experimental techniques and data analysis. In your second year you will develop your experimental skills via longer experimental investigations culminating in a short project (either an individual or a group project) commenced towards the end of year and completed in the first semester of your third year in preparation for the final year long project. In your final year the emphasis is on choice; there are three core modules (including the Research Project) and a range of options.

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Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) Other Fees