Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Physics

Physics

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
MPhys (Hons) DIS/DIntS 5 years full-time sandwich F304 AAB 1 October 2018 21 June 2023
MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time F303 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) DIS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich F301 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time F300 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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 course overview

Explore the fundamentals of physics alongside tasters of engineering and astronomy in your first year then tailor your degree to fit your interests. The course also carries the option of a year employed in an industrial or research environment.

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

The Department is well-equipped to enable the practical examination of the underlying physics of many everyday phenomena – for example, the study of optics and the behaviour of light, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mechanics. In addition to our laboratories, the department also boasts its own radio telescope and an observatory with a 16 inch GPS equatorial mounted Meade optical telescope, 8 inch GPS mobile optical telescope, Coronado solar telescope and an Elliot Instruments spectrometer.

STEMLab

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

Opening this year, STEMLab contains new engineering, physics, chemistry, materials and bio laboratories forming a truly cutting-edge learning facility.

This outstanding new space allows us to offer new ways to learn and collaborate – such as the ‘Ideas Factory’ that provides space for cross-disciplinary collaboration. STEMLab boasts a range of high-quality modern facilities, including, for example, a ‘drop-in’ engineering workshop alongside teaching laboratories across STEM subjects, workshops, computer-aided design and rapid prototyping facilities, a design studio and informal leaning spaces.

These enhanced facilities further increase our ability to train and develop skilled graduates that are targeted by major employers from across the world.

Brand new STEMLab

Take a virtual tour of STEMLab, our brand new state-of-the-art laboratory facility. 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
  • Information skills and computing
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratories
  • Mechanics of materials
  • Use of the observatory

Year 2

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum mechanics
  • Fields
  • Waves
  • Solid state physics
  • Nuclear physics
  • Thermal physics
  • Electronics
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratories
  • Options in engineering, astrophysics or languages

Optional placement/study year

Optional salaried professional placement and/or overseas study.


Year 3/4

Indicative areas studied include

  • Quantum and statistical physics
  • Further physics and engineering options
  • An advanced laboratory (MPhys) or an experimental or theoretical project (BSc)

Year 4/5

Indicative areas studied include

  • Advanced physics
  • Mathematics and engineering options
  • Characterisation techniques
  • Complex systems
  • Quantum computing
  • Quantum information
  • Superconductivity
  • Nanoscience and mathematical methods
  • A substantial research project

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

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


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.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


F304 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

F303 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

F301 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

F300 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.  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 Physics MPhys provides the best foundation for graduates aiming for a career as a professional physicist and for those going on to PhD research. A degree in physics, or a physics-related subject, can lead to many and varied career opportunities.

Recent employers of our graduates include:

  • British Gas Research
  • Coopers Lybrand Deloitte
  • Thames Water plc
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Schlumberger Technologies
  • Plastic Coatings plc
  • STC Submarine Systems
  • Siemens AG
  • West Midlands Health Authority
  • Local Education Authorities and the European Patent Office

Many of our graduates undertake MSc courses or PhD research.

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

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: F304

MPhys (Hons) 4 years full-time

UCAS code: F303

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

UCAS code: F301

BSc (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: F300