What will I learn?
This broad and flexible course is designed to bring out the beauty and universality of physics. It will prepare you for a variety of careers across business, engineering, finance and management.
Teaching is informed by the research in the department. For the final year project, you’ll work as a member of one of the research groups on a year-long project and explore some, as yet, not fully understood aspects of the area. There are also summer vacation studentships, which you can apply for. The BSc course provides a general rounded education, which should leave you numerate, articulate and employable.
How will I learn?
You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and informal interaction with other students. In your first two years, you will have weekly tutorials with an academic member of staff in groups of up to five students. In the final year, you will spend a substantial proportion of your time on a project.
You should expect to attend around 12 lectures a week and spend 6 hours on supervised practical (mainly laboratory and computing) work. For each 1–hour lecture, you should expect to put in a further 1-2 hours of private study.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is via end-of-year examinations, which make up about 70% of the year’s mark. Laboratory and project work, computing, and coursework associated with core modules, are assessed by final reports and oral presentations. The weighting for each year's contribution to your final mark is 10:30:60 for the BSc courses.
What opportunities are there for work placements and for study abroad?
All students can apply for research vacation projects - small research projects supervised by a member of academic staff. BSc students can register for the Intercalated Year Scheme, which involves spending a year in scientific employment or UK industry between their second and final year. We support student mobility through study abroad programmes. BSc students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.
The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities. The Department's Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level A*AA, including Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) and Physics.
International Baccalaureate 38 points, including at least grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and Mathematics and Physics A levels or equivalent.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days Applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day, held between November and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
In the core modules, you will study quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, relativity and thermal physics. These are universal theories, which are the basis not just of physics, but of all science and engineering. This is illustrated in the ‘physics-in-action’ options on Electrical Power Generation, Geophysics and Medical Physics. In the laboratory and computing modules, you will develop the practical and analytical skills of a physicist. For example, you will study how to devise experiments and how to record and analyse data.
Find out more about the degree structure and module information on the Physics department website.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where could my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: HSBC, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, NHS, IBM.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Clinical Scientist Trainee, Research Scientist, Financial Analyst, Data Analyst. Others have progressed into postgraduate study.
A level: A*AA, including Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) and Physics
IB: 38 points, including at least grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Department of Physics
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.