Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Physics and Mathematics

Physics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date
MPhys (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich FG3D AAB 1 October 2018
MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time FG3C AAB 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich GF13 ABB 1 October 2018
BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time FG31 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

Physics and Mathematics course overview

This course enables you to gain a deep understanding of physical phenomena combined with the important aspects of mathematics. giving you a grounding in the fundamentals of the subject.

MPhys and BSc

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
  • Laboratories
  • Computing
  • Mathematical methods
  • Linear algebra
  • Probability and statistics
  • Computer applications in maths
  • Geometry and groups

Year 2

Indicative areas studied include

  • Nuclear physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Solid state physics
  • Fields
  • Thermal physics
  • Laboratories
  • Analysis
  • Mathematical methods
  • Numerical methods
  • Complex variables

Optional placement/study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Years 3/4

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum physics
  • Statistical physics
  • Options in physics and mathematics
  • An experimental, theoretical or mathematical project (BSc). 

Year 4/5

Indicative areas studied include

  • A range of advanced options in physics and mathematics
  • A substantial mathematical physics 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.

FG3D Physics and Mathematics - 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

FG3C Physics and Mathematics - 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

GF13 Physics and Mathematics - BEng (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

FG31 Physics and Mathematics - BEng (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

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

Our graduates are superbly positioned for careers as professional physicists or to continue into on to PhD research. Graduates in Physics and Mathematics are in a particularly strong position to develop careers in mathematical and computational modelling of physical processes.

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.

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

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Course

Physics and Mathematics

Department

Physics

Qualifications

MPhys (Hons)

Year of Study

Final

Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: FG3D

MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: FG3C

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

UCAS code: GF13

BEng (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: FG31