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Mathematics and Physics (MMathPhys) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, A*AA, IB 38

Mathematics and Physics are complementary
disciplines, making them a natural combination for university study. Mathematicians and physicists often address common questions and challenges, resulting in exciting unexpected discoveries at the intersection of the two subjects.

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Ideas developed in particle physics have led to advances in geometry; learning from chaos theory is being applied increasingly in the modelling of complex physical systems such as the atmosphere and lasers.

You’ll be jointly taught by the Institute of Mathematics and Department of Physics, both of which have a reputation for excellence. In addition to core modules, you’ll have flexibility in your second and third years to choose modules to explore areas of interest in more depth.

You may also choose to develop breadth of learning by selecting from approved modules outside the two departments, such as interdisciplinary module The Challenge of Climate Change or learning a modern language.

Our four-year course provides further opportunities to explore the breadth of the two subjects, and provides a good foundation for a career related directly to one or both subjects, or for further research.

The Warwick joint degree course is among the best established in the country and the course includes a number of modules from both contributing departments designed specifically for joint degree students.

In the first year you take essential (core) modules in both mathematics and physics. You also take at least one additional module chosen from a list of options. At the end of the first year it is possible to change to either of the single honours courses, providing you satisfy certain requirements in the end of year examinations.

In the second and third years, there is considerable freedom to choose modules. By then you will have a good idea of your main interests and be well placed to decide which areas of mathematics and physics to study in greater depth.

Class size

Lecture size will naturally vary from module to module. The first year core modules may have up to 350 students in a session, whilst the more specialist modules in the later years will have fewer than 100. The core physics modules in the first year are supported by weekly classes, at which you and your fellow students meet in small groups with a member of the research staff or a postgraduate student. Tutorials with your personal tutor and weekly supervision sessions are normally with a group of 5 students.

Contact hours

You should expect to attend around 14 lectures a week, supported by weekly supervision meetings, problems classes and personal tutorials. For each 1 hour lecture, you should expect to put in a further 1-2 hours of private study.

Most lecture modules are assessed by 15% coursework and 85% final examinations or by 100% exam, with almost all exams taken in the third term. Essays and projects, such as the final-year project, are assessed by coursework and an oral presentation.

The weighting for each year's contribution to your final mark is 10:20:30:40 for the MPhys and MMathPhys courses.

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.

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.

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A level: A*AA, to include A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and A in Physics.

For students not taking A Level Further Mathematics, the typical offer is A* (Mathematics) A* (Physics) and A in any third subject at A Level

  • IB: 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in Higher Level Physics

    Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Further Information

  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Sets and Numbers
  • Linear Algebra
  • Differential Equations
  • Physics Foundations
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity
  • Quantum Phenomena
  • Physics Programming Workshop

Year 2
  • Analysis 3
  • Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • Vector Analysis
  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Variational Principles
  • Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
  • Physics of Fluids
  • Quantum Mechanics and its Applications
  • Thermal Physics 2

Year 3
  • Communicating Science

Year 4
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms
  • Electrodynamics
  • Kinetic Theory
  • Laboratory for Maths/Physics Project

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

Probability; Programming for Scientists(30L); Geometry; Groups and Rings; Introduction to Systems Biology; Galaxies; Astrophysics; Physics in Medicine; Experimental Particle Physics; Challenges of Climate Change; Hamiltonian Mechanics; Fluid Dynamics; Electrodynamics.


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Entry Requirements

A level: A*AA to include A in Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) and A in Physics

For students not taking A Level Further Mathematics, the typical offer is A* (Mathematics) A* (Physics) and A in any third subject at A Level

IB: 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics and 6 in Higher Level Physics

FG 31

Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

4 years Full Time

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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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 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.


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