School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics

Physics

Undergraduate Physics Degrees

Our Degrees

Physics teaching is done by leading researchers in the subject.

Find out more about our undergraduate degrees in Physics.

For course content, teaching and assessment, entry requirements, and finance information, please follow the links through to our undergraduate website. 

Single Honours Degrees

Physics BSc

Our three-year Physics BSc Honours degree equips you with a sound knowledge of fundamental and applied physics.

Single Honours Degrees

Physics MPhys

Our four-year Physics MPhys Honours degree includes an integrated year of Master's-level study.

Theoretical Physics BSc

Theoretical Physics utilises advanced mathematics to understand and explain the fundamental forces of nature.

Theoretical Physics MPhys

Our four-year Theoretical Physics MPhys Honours degree includes an integrated year of Master's-level study.


Foundation Year Degrees

Physics with Foundation Year BSc

Take this Foundation Year to develop the knowledge you need to progress to our three-year Physics BSc Honours degree.

Foundation Year Degrees

Physics with Foundation Year MPhys

Take this Foundation Year to develop the knowledge you need to progress to our four-year Physics MPhys Honours degree.


Why choose us?

Quality

Our undergraduate degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP). Our undergraduates are eligible for student membership of the IoP.

We are a friendly department, with a very low student to staff ratio, meaning academics get to know each of their students individually.

Teaching excellence

We are proud to have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

The award is a ringing endorsement of Newcastle University’s long tradition of excellence in teaching. It's a tradition already recognised in many different surveys and assessments and, most importantly, by our own students.

We keep our degrees updated with the research discoveries of our expert staff. This ensures you graduate with the most current subject knowledge.

Our academics' specialisms give you access to diverse fields of study, including:

  • Cosmology and Relativity
  • Quantum physics on macroscopic scales
  • Next generation Gallium Nitride electronics for green technologies
  • Understanding exotic quantum matter
  • Development of new photovoltaic technologies
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Support

We really pride ourselves in the supportive environment we provide to our undergraduates.

Transition Officer

We are fairly unique to have one dedicated member of staff whose responsibility is to help our students manage the transition from A-Levels to undergraduate study.

The Transition Officer works with Stage 1 undergraduates to provide:

  • stage 1 pastoral and academic support
  • attendance and academic performance monitoring
  • stage 1 induction
  • weekly drop-ins

Peer mentors

Recruited from our undergraduate courses, our peer mentors provide support, assistance and guidance to new students as they navigate their first year at Newcastle University.

Mentors work with new first-year students, giving assistance when they need:

  • support
  • someone who listens
  • someone to go through their different options and talk through choices
  • knowledge about where to get specialist advice and help

The scheme is not a substitute for personal tutoring or subject advisers, but does complement and supplement these systems.

Peer mentors are given thorough training. Boundaries are established about the limits of their role and responsibilities (to safeguard both mentors and mentees). They are fully supported by an administrative team.

If you are a current student and wish to apply to be a mentor, visit the mentor page of the internal website.

Student Profiles

Find out what our current students have to say about their course.

  • Amy

    Course: Physics MPhys

    Studying at Newcastle

    Laboratory physics is my favourite module. I have the opportunity to work with high tech equipment, which makes labs much more exciting than they were during A Levels.

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  • Ian

    Course: BSc Physics

    Studying at Newcastle

    The lecturers on the course are brilliant (...) they are more than happy to answer any question you have.

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  • Imogen

    Course: BSc Physics

    Studying at Newcastle

    Newcastle University has incredible facilities, the labs here are very advanced and high tech, especially compared to some other universities I looked around.

    Read more>

Facilities

You will get hands-on experience with specialist equipment and work in our high-spec facilities. This helps you develop practical skills for a wide range of physical science careers.

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Cryogenics laboratories

Experiment on superconductivity

Cryogenics laboratories

Measuring resistance as sample cools to cryogenic temperatures

Cryogenics laboratories

Measuring the superconductor transition

Cryogenics laboratories

Collecting liquid nitrogen

Cryogenics laboratories

Pouring liquid nitrogen into cryostat

Cryogenics laboratories

Cryostat is full - excess liquid nitrogen is expelled via exhaust valve

Cryogenics laboratories

Waiting for excess nitrogen to be removed

Cryogenics laboratories

Pouring liquid nitrogen in the cryostat

Semiconductor physics laboratories

Understanding the physics behind materials used in modern electronics

Measuring magnetic field

Using a Tesla probe

Measuring magnetic field

Using a Tesla probe

Measuring magnetic field

Using a Tesla probe

Measuring magnetic field

Using a Tesla probe

LCR experiment

Investigating the consequences of supplying an alternating current

Michelson Interferometer experiment

Michelson Interferometer experiment

Michelson Interferometer experiment

Employability

We have strong industrial links with employers

These include companies such as:

  • Rolls-Royce
  • Bel Valves
  • Isocom Ltd
  • Littelfuse
  • Bae Systems
  • Raytheon
  • Electronics Semelab
  • De Beers Group of Companies

Physics graduates report earning average salaries close to £27,000 on graduation. Graduates can expect this to increase during 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

Scholarships

Physics Excellence Scholarship

Details and Eligibility

All new Home and EU undergraduates admitted to a Physics degree programme who:

  • meet their conditions of their original offer in all subjects
  • make Newcastle University their first choice (Conditional Firm) by 1 August 2019

will be awarded a Physics Excellence Scholarship of £2000.

This award is for the first year of study only.

Tuition fees

Information about undergraduate tuition fees, student finance and Newcastle University Scholarships can be found on the undergraduate website