St Mary's University, Twickenham

Course Introduction

Our four-year degree programmes (including a foundation year) provide an alternative route to undergraduate study at university if you do not have the grades to access higher education in the traditional way.

In the first year of the four-year degree, students will focus specifically on communication (oral and written), critical thinking, research, independent study, and digital and employability skills.

Students will study three core modules and three science modules.

On successful completion of the foundation year, students will automatically progress on to the first year of their chosen undergraduate programme.

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

The Foundation Year modules are Personal Learning Competencies, Taking a Professional Approach, The Individual Project, Foundations of Life, The Chemistry of Nature and Principles of Physics and Mathematics

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science - BSc £9,250 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science - BSc £9,250 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Science - BSc £11,220 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)6.06.0 overall with no element below 5.5