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Physics and Business Studies (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Physics and Business Studies at Warwick?

  • We provide flexible courses in a friendly and supportive environment. Our degree programmes cover all the material needed for a career in physics, while offering students who want a broader education the opportunity to combine physics with modules from other disciplines – something we actively encourage as it helps to develop new ways of thinking.
  • The Department has an excellent reputation for research and is ranked in the top ten in the UK by The Complete University Guide 2016 and in the top five by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016. With strong groups in astrophysics, condensed matter, elementary particles, plasmas and theoretical physics, we can ensure that undergraduate modules reflect the latest thinking across the whole discipline.
  • Our recently refurbished undergraduate teaching laboratories are among the best in the UK. In their final-year project work, students work directly with research staff and have access to the Department’s internationally competitive research facilities.
  • Part of the course will be delivered by Warwick Business School, which was ranked first in the UK for Accounting and Finance and second for Business, Management and Marketing in the Guardian University Guide 2016.

Dr Danny Steeghs


Paul Maguire-Wilson

1st year undergraduate

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

A degree in Physics and Business Studies will provide you with a broad education in both physics and business. It will develop your skills in analytical thinking, data analysis, logical thinking and practical computing – all valuable if you are considering a career in business.

In the first two years, you will concentrate on physics. 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. 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. There is flexibility to switch into or out of this stream at any time in your first two years.

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.

On the Physics courses, you should expect to attend around 12 lectures a week and spend 6 hours on supervised practical (mainly laboratory and computing) work. On the Mathematics and Physics joint honours course, you will attend between 15 and 18 lectures a week, and spend around 2 hours per week on practical work (mainly computing plus a third-year skills laboratory). 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
and 10:20:30:40 for the MPhys and MMathPhys 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.

Entry Requirements

A level A*AA, to include Mathematics (or Further Mathematics) and Physics.
You must also achieve a pass in the science practical if your science A level includes a separate practical assessment.

International Baccalaureate 38 points, to include 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.

Further Information

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?

First year core modules may include:

Physics Foundations, Electricity and Magnetism, Quantum Phenomena, Classical Mechanics and Relativity, Mathematics for Physicists, Programming Workshop, Key Skills. The Key Skills module involves working in the First Year Laboratory as well as presentational work and is continuously assessed.

Second year core modules may include:

Electromagnetic Theory and Optics; Quantum Mechanics and its Applications; Thermal Physics II; Mathematical Methods for Physicists; Key Skills (including Physics Laboratory). You should choose further modules from Warwick Business School (WBS) as well as options from the Physics and Outside options lists:

Physics Options: Stars; Geophysics; Physics of Fluids; Hamiltonian Mechanics; Computational Physics; Experimental Particle Physics; Climate Change; Physics of Electrical Power Generation.

Outside Options: a Modern Foreign Language; Introduction to Secondary School Teaching. Modules given by Arts or Social Sciences departments may also be taken as options by mutual agreement.

Third year:

You may take four modules from WBS. These are normally selected from:

Foundations of Organisational Behaviour; Financial Reporting; Principles of Finance; Nature and Method of Operational Research; Corporate Strategy; Simulation; Forecasting; Production and Operations Management; Information Systems Analysis and Design; Operational Research in Strategic Planning; Marketing Analysis; Foundations of Accounting and Finance; Management Accounting; Industrial Relations; Personnel Management; Organisational Behaviour; Service Operations Management; Entrepreneurship and Small Business; Strategic Information Management.

More information is available from Warwick Business School

Find out more about the degree structure and module information.

This is not an exhaustive list and the modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please visit the department website for more detailed information.

Recent graduate destinations include:

Clinical Scientist Trainee, Kings College London Hospital; Financial Analyst, HSBC; Research Scientist, BAE Systems; Radiotherapy Physicist, NHS Trust; Research Engineer, Rolls Royce.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: A*AA, including Mathematics (or
Further Mathematics) and Physics, plus a pass in the science practical assessment (if applicable).

IB: 38 points, including grade 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and Physics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Department of Physics

Warwick Business School

Student blogs
Beth Kynman - Physics

Mohammed Murtaza - Accounting and Finance

Manya Kalia - International Management

Tom Maskill - Management

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 2017 entry.