Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Engineering Physics

Physics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MPhys (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F313 AAB 1 October 2018
MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time F312 AAB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F382 ABB 1 October 2018
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F311 ABB 1 October 2018

Top 10

in the UK for overall student satisfaction in Physics

NSS 2016

95%

of graduates in work or further study

DLHE 2015

£24,500

average starting salary

Top 3

in the UK for learning resources

NSS 2016

Engineering Physics course overview

At Loughborough, you will benefit from a thorough grounding in physics, combined with options from a range of engineering disciplines at one of the UK’s leading universities for engineering. You also have the opportunity to spend a year employed in an industrial or research environment.

MPhys and BSc courses

All our courses include BSc and MPhys options and an advanced research project.

The MPhys courses may be taken in four or five years. The five-year version of the course includes either a sandwich year of employment in industry or a year of study abroad between the second and the third or the third and the fourth year of study.

You can change the shape of your studies as your interests evolve. Many transfer possibilities exist. You can delay the choice between MPhys and BSc course until the end of Year 2.

Facilities

STEMLab is a £17 million investment in new state-of-the-art laboratory facilities and part of a wider £25 million investment in our campus which includes an adjacent student learning and teaching hub.

STEMLab will include a suite of laboratories for practical work in Bioengineering, allowing students crucial opportunities to gain applied experience with biological samples in a safe and modern environment.

Coming soon! Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, a state-of-the-art laboratory facility arriving for our students in 2017. It forms part of a wider £25M investment in the West Park of our campus, the home of our Engineering Schools.

Modules


Year 1

Indicative areas studied include

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Atomic and thermal physics
  • Astronomy
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratories
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Information skills and computing

Year 2

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Fields
  • Waves
  • Solid state physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Control engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering computation
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratories

Optional placement / study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Year 3/4

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum and statistical physics
  • Physics and engineering options
  • Advanced laboratory (MPhys) or an experimental or theoretical project (BSc)

Year 4/5

Indicative areas studied include

  • Advanced physics
  • Engineering options
  • A substantial research project

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

 

Assessment

Depending on the nature of the material, some modules are assessed by a mixture of coursework and examination (for example 25% coursework and 75% examination), whilst other modules are assessed by 100% coursework or 100% by examination.

Coursework is based on a variety of tasks including individual essays, projects, laboratory work, contribution in tutorials, group work and presentations.


F313 Engineering Physics - MPhys (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B

F312 Engineering Physics - MPhys (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 (6,6,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B

F382 Engineering Physics - BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B

F311 Engineering Physics - BSc (Hons)

A-Level
ABB including Mathematics and Physics (General Studies accepted)
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL) including Mathematics and Physics at HL
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Applied Science: DDD with Distinctions in mandatory Units 1-5 plus A Level Mathematics grade B

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application, but in exceptional cases, an interview may be required. If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Practical Science

Practical Science is not required.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £19,900

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate Destinations

The opportunities for graduates from all of our courses are similar (please see the physics course for career examples), however, the various options naturally lead to a diversity of opportunities according to subjects studied.

Engineering Physics graduates have additional opportunities because of their engineering experience; these range from careers in civil engineering through to electronic engineering.

Industrial Placements

The year out can be spent working in paid employment as a scientist in industry (in the UK or abroad) where you are supervised jointly by a local industrial supervisor and a member of the University academic staff. Satisfactory completion of such a 'sandwich' work placement leads to the award of a Diploma in Industrial Studies (DIS).

Recent industrial placements have included fibre-optic oil well monitoring and applications of high temperature superconductors and have involved companies and research facilities such as:

  • IBM (UK) Ltd
  • British Gas
  • Siemens AG (Germany)
  • Rutherford Appleton Laboratories
  • FZ Jülich (Germany)
  • Institut Laue Langevin Grenoble (France)

About a third of our recent industrial placements have been abroad, principally in Western Europe. It is often not necessary to be fluent in the local language, although familiarity with the language is always an advantage and you are encouraged to take the appropriate language modules. The Department has contacts with a wide variety of employers and most students arrange their employment with one of these.

The average salary of our students in industrial placements in Britain is approximately £14,000 pa.

Study Abroad

Alternatively, the year can be spent studying at a university abroad. Loughborough currently has partnerships with universities in Australia, Germany, Austria, Poland, Japan, USA and Canada. German language modules can be taken in the second year (Physics Programme only) to prepare for the year abroad.

Our students

Aanchel

Course

Physics and Mathematics

Department

Physics

Qualifications

MPhys (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Arjun

Course

Physics with Astrophysics and Cosmology

Department

Physics

Qualifications

BSc (Hons)

Year of Study

1st

Beth

Course

Physics

Department

Physics

Qualifications

MPhys (Hons)

Year of Study

2nd

Department / School Key Information Sets

MPhys (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F313

MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F312

BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: F382

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F311