University of Dundee

Physics BSc / MSci (Hons)

University of Dundee
In Dundee

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Dundee (Scotland)
Duration 4 Years
Start September
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Dundee (Scotland)
  • Duration:
    4 Years
  • Start:

f you think that physics can be about much more than the Higgs Boson and the Large Hadron Collider then the University of Dundee is the place for you. Our focus is on the applications of physics in a wide range of cross disciplinary areas.

Our staff carry out research in biophysics, in medicine, advanced materials and photonics. They help understand how extra-solar planets form, and help build optical diagnostic devices for CERN.

We have a diverse, up-to-date curriculum that offers you all the skills needed to allow you to excel in industry or to progress to postgraduate courses for further study.

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University of Dundee, Nethergate, Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland, UK


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To take into account

· Who is it intended for?

The prospects for physics graduates are excellent. As one of our graduates, you will have analytical and problem solving skills together with practical abilities on state-of-the-art instrumentation. Many of our graduates now work for technology companies involved in the design and manufacture of electronic and optical devices. In addition, it is possible to develop industrial careers in defence, micro-electronics, medicine, semi-conductors, communications, research and development, IT, optoelectronics and education.

· Requirements

BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject for BSc degrees, or mathematics and physics for MSci degrees BSc: BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and physics or an engineering subject MSci: ABB at A-Level including mathematics and physics A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM

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What you'll learn on the course

GCSE Physics
GCSE Mathematics
Astronomical Phenomena
Quantum Properties of Matter
Quantum Mechanics

Course programme

Typical Degree Programme

Level 1

Modules at level 1 are designed to increase your understanding of fundamental physics and give the necessary mathematical skills on which modules in later years depend:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Circuits
  • Light, Waves and Matter
  • Astronomical Phenomena
  • Professional Physics (experimental, writing, data analysis and computer modelling)
  • Mathematics
Level 2

Level 2 will extend your knowledge of classical physics and introduce you to some of the exciting advances made in modern physics:

  • Electromagnetism and Light
  • Classical and Quantum Properties of Matter
  • Electronics and Instrumentation
  • Applied Mathematics and Optics
  • Programming (Students will learn C++ and Matlab related to physical science problem solving)
  • Mathematics
Level 3

At Level 3 you begin a detailed study of the main topics of modern physics together with the acquisition of advanced laboratory skills:

  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Atomic Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Thermal Physics
  • Computational Physics
  • Physics Lab and Transferable Skills (over both semesters)
Level 4

At Honours level, you continue your in-depth studies and carry out a personal project involving practical experience in a research laboratory:

  • Physics Research Project (over both semesters)
  • Thermal Physics
  • Optics and Photonics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity
  • Options from (for example):
    • Environmental Physics
    • Biophysics
    • Wind and Marine Energy
    • Nuclear Energy
    • Statistical Mechanics
    • Advanced Thermal Physics
    • Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
Level 5

This year is only followed by the MSci Honours students. Modules cover selected topics in considerable depth and introduce you to research techniques and mathematical methods encountered by professional physicists.

  • Physics Research Project (both semesters)
  • Independent Study Module
  • Advanced Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Optics and Photonics, Computational Physics and Biophysics
How you will be assessed
  • coursework and laboratory reports
  • examinations
  • discussions
How you will be taught

Physics at Dundee is comfortably small and friendly with a relaxed atmosphere. Our formal teaching methods involve a combination of traditional lectures and tutorials, together with new and innovative multi-media based activities and practical laboratory sessions.

Students also receive IT training to gain maximum benefit from the advanced computing resources, and so enhance their transferable skills.

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