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Physics and Business Studies (BSc) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



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

Developing your skills in analytical thinking, data analysis, logical thinking and practical computing – all highly valued by employers – this degree will provide you with a broad education in both subjects.

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Studying physics will strengthen your ability to think clearly and to construct logical and reasoned arguments. You will also acquire transferable problem-solving, communication, IT and self-study skills, which are all highly valued by employers. When you transfer to Warwick Business School (WBS) for your final year, you will study areas of business and management.

In the first two years, you will concentrate on physics modules with the addition of an appropriate business module in the second year. Your final year in WBS is designed to develop a critical understanding of how organisations work, how they are managed, and how they interact with local, national and international environments. You may, for example, take modules covering markets, marketing and strategy and understanding organisational behaviour. There is flexibility to switch into or out of this stream at any time in your first two years.

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.

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.

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 (or Further
Mathematics) 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
  • Quantum Phenomena
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Electricity & Magnetism
  • Electronics Workshop
  • Physics Foundations
  • Key Skills for Physics
  • Classical Mechanics & Relativity
  • Mathematics for Physicists
  • Physics Programming Workshop

Year 2
  • Quantum Mechanics and its Applications
  • Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
  • Thermal Physics II
  • Physics Skills
  • Mathematical Methods for Physicists
  • Appropriate Business module

Year 3

    In the third year you will select from an extensive list of WBS modules. Some may be linked to prerequisite modules. For example, if you would like to study International Marketing, generally you will need to have also chosen the Marketing module earlier in the year.

    Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

    Introduction to Astronomy; Geophysics; Stars; Computer Programming; Experimental Particle Physics; Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics); Climate Change; Modern Foreign Language; Marketing; Supply Chain Management; Company Law; Business Data Analytics; Accounting in Context; Design in Business; Understanding Enterprise; Principles of Finance.


    They include:

    • ATOS
    • Argos
    • Bank of America (Merrill Lynch)
    • Barclays
    • Goldman Sachs
    Job titles
    • Analyst
    • Corporate Graduate
    • Director
    • Investment Bank Analyst
    • Software Engineer

    Entry Requirements

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

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

    UCAS Code

    Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

    3 years Full Time

    Start date

    24 September 2019

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
    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 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.