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Physics (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



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

Designed to bring out the beauty and universality of physics, our course provides broad and in-depth teaching that’s informed by our research. Core modules introduce and develop the fundamental concepts, such as those of quantum theory and electromagnetism, and cover the mathematics used in physics.

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Optional modules provide opportunities to see how the basic concepts can explain the phenomena we observe.

For the final year project, you’ll work as a member of one of the research groups on a year-long project to explore aspects of the research area that are not yet fully understood. We encourage you to apply for summer placements and projects, which enable you to complete a small research project supervised by a member of academic staff.

The structure of the course reflects the structure of the subject. You will take core lecture modules (concentrated mainly in the first two years), which introduce and develop the fundamental concepts, such as those of quantum theory and electromagnetism, and cover the mathematics used in physics.

You will also choose modules from lists of options. These are largely concerned with seeing how the basic concepts can explain the phenomena we observe. Examples include the light emitted and absorbed by stellar matter, and the response of the liquids, solids and gases, which we meet on a daily basis, to the mechanical, electrical and thermal forces acting on them.

In the first year, you take essential (core) modules and choose at least one more module from a list of options. 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 to study in greater depth. In effect you design your own degree.

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 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 is normally with a group of 5 students.

Contact hours

You should expect to attend around 12 lectures a week and spend 7 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.

In any year, about 30% of the overall mark is assigned to coursework.

The weighting for each year's contribution to your final mark is 10:30:60 for the BSc 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.

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

  • IB: 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 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
  • Mathematics for Physicists
  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity
  • Physics Foundations
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Programming Workshop
  • Quantum Phenomena
  • Key skills module – this involves working in theteaching laboratory, as well as computing and presentation work.

Year 2

  • Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics and its Applications
  • Thermal Physics 2

Year 3

  • Physics Project
  • Communicating Science
  • Quantum Physics of Atoms

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

Astronomy; Particle Physics; Computational Physics; Geophysics; Hamiltonian Mechanics; Physics of Electrical Power Generation; Physics of Fluids; Stars; Statistical Physics; Plasma Electrodynamics; Nuclear Physics; Cosmology


They include:

  • BAE Systems Detica
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Credit Suisse
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • IBM
  • Jaguar Land Rover
  • Met Office
  • Royal Air Force
  • EDF Energy
  • nPower
  • Vax
  • Shell
Job titles
  • Actuarial Consultant
  • Data Analyst
  • Defence Scientist
  • Design Release Engineer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Banker
  • Software Developer
  • Video Game Designer
  • External Communications Executive

Entry Requirements

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

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


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 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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