Durham is one of the leading physics and astronomy departments in the UK, enrolling around students each year. The dedication to our teaching and research consistently puts us high up in all the league tables. While studying here you will benefit from the buzz and creative environment of a large research department and join a dynamic and focused intellectual community. Our research ranges from fundamental elementary particle physics and cosmology to more applied topics in which we collaborate closely with industry. We offer degrees in Physics, Physics and Astronomy, and Theoretical Physics, all of which are accredited by the Institute of Physics. Our course structures have been designed to provide flexibility in your final choice of degree course. The three-year BSc degree is aimed at those mainly interested in a degree in Physics as a preparation for a career not neces.
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Foundations of Physics 1 is the main lecture module in the first year, and is complemented with a practical laboratory module, including an introduction to programming. Two mathematics modules are taken in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. There is a further module of choice, with Introduction to Astronomy proving to be very popular.Year 2
- Foundations of Physics 2A/2B
- Mathematical Methods in Physics
- Laboratory Skills and Electronics (+programming).
Topics also include Theoretical Physics 2 and Stars & Galaxies
At the end of the year you need to decide your degree title, choosing between:
- BSc Physics (F)
- MPhys Physics (F)
- MPhys Physics and Astronomy (FF3N)
- MPhys Theoretical Physics (F).
Besides core courses in Foundations of Physics 3A/3B and Physics Problem-Solving, there is a wide choice of topics, for example in:
- Planets and Cosmology
- Theoretical Physics 3
- Maths Workshop
- Physics into Schools
- A Team Project
- Laboratory Project.
- A module taken in another department (subject to approval)
A research-based project is undertaken in one of the Department’s wide range of research groups. Optional lecture course topics have in the past included: advanced and theoretical astrophysics (including general relativity and galaxy formation), biological and nanophysics, laser physics, advanced quantum physics and particle physics.Study Abroad Physics
The experience of having lived independently abroad can be very rewarding in terms of employability and of personal development. For this reason, students are encouraged to apply during their degree for a year-long placement with one of the Physics Department's or the University's international partners, either in replacement of the third year of study within an MPhys degree or as an additional year of study. Students may study in English at some of the partner universities, whereas at others foreign language skills are essential. Students are fully supported by the Department both during the application process and during the year abroad.
Adding a supplementary international study placement to the BSc Physics degree or to an MPhys degree leads respectively to the degrees of BSc Physics with Year Abroad and MPhys Physics with Year Abroad. Adding a supplementary international work or training placement instead leads to the degrees of BSc Physics with Placement and MPhys Physics with Placement. Admissions to these degrees is through transfer from F, F, FF3N or F after year one.