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f345 - Theoretical Physics BSc

Theoretical Physics BSc Honours

UCAS Code: F345 (3 Years)

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Course Overview

If you're interested in studying the advanced mathematics behind the fundamental pillars of physics, this degree is for you.

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At a Glance

UCAS Code
F345

UCAS Institution Name and Code
NEWC, N21

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Degree Awarded
BSc Honours

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Course Duration
3 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: AAB
IB: 35-37 points

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Opportunities

You will learn about the maths that underpin our understanding of the natural universe and physical processes.

We'll equip you with a range of mathematical and computational techniques to help you explore and understand physics at at advanced level.

Core topics include:

  • classical dynamics
  • quantum mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • electromagnetism

You also have the choice of a range of advanced optional modules linked to the research specialisms of our academic staff, including:

  • advanced astrophysics
  • relatively
  • cosmology

Project work allows you to develop your team-working, research, practical and presentation skills, enhancing your employability. 

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Work Placement (optional)

You can apply to spend 9 to 12 months on an optional work placement between Stages 2 and 3. You can apply to spend your placement year with any organisation and will receive University support to do so. It will extend your degree by a year and is subject to availability. Find out more on about Work Placements.

Entry Requirements

Modules for 2016 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2016 entry. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Modules/programme information for 2017 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (mid-May 2017).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage.

Undergraduate Admissions Policy

See our Admissions Policy 2017 Entry (PDF: 109 KB).

See further policies related to admission.

Careers

Physics careers

Physics graduates report earning average salaries close to £27,000 on graduation. Graduates can expect this to increase over the course of their career (www.savethestudent.org

Physics graduates can be found in almost every numerate career. Possible career paths include:

  • engineering
  • medicine
  • finance
  • nanotechnology
  • oil, gas and renewable energy
  • telecommunications

Our students will be prepared for their future careers through the development of transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers such as problem-solving, analytical, mathematical, communication, presentation, teamwork and computing skills. The practical, experimental and research skills developed during the degree will help to enhance the employability of our graduates, as such skills provide a sound preparation for a range of careers in the physical sciences and beyond.

Further study, including postgraduate courses for secondary school teaching and PhD courses, are further options available to physics graduates.

Find out more about the career options for Physics from Prospects: The UK's Official Careers Website.

What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. The most recent data available is for graduates who completed their course in 2014/15.

The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

Careers and employability at Newcastle

Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

94% of our 2014/15 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Of our graduates who entered employment 85% were in a professional or managerial position.

We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

Fees & Funding

 

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Before you apply you will need to check the entry requirements for your chosen degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications offered for entry to our degrees. We welcome applications from international students.

Applying to Newcastle University through UCAS

To apply for undergraduate study at Newcastle you must use the online application system managed by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

UCAS codes for Newcastle University

  • institution name - NEWC
  • institution code - N21

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