Physics BSc (Hons)
4 years with study year abroad, starting in September 2018
Master the mysteries of physics from first principles to advanced problem-solving. You’ll be prepared for a career in industry or academia.
Physics is ‘the science of everything’. Study matter, energy and how they interact from the subatomic to cosmological scales.
Learn about the structure of physical laws and take part in their discovery. Along the way you will learn to think like a physicist. You’ll also develop powerful problem-solving skills, preparing you not only for a career in physics, but many other fields as well.
As a graduate, you will combine sound mathematical and experimental expertise. You’ll be able to grasp new concepts and apply them to a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar challenges.
This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year abroad
- Year 4
As part of your course, you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.
You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.
Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.
Compulsory course units
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
Broaden your horizons with a year studying at a university abroad. You’ll experience another culture whilst studying a course that complements your studies at Bath. We currently have links with universities in the United States, Australasia, Asia and Europe, including Binghamton University, National University Singapore, the University of Canterbury and the University of Helsinki. Find out more about study abroad.
Learning and assessment
- Laboratory sessions
- Practical sessions
- Multiple choice examination
- Oral assessment
- Practical work
- Written examination
Contact time with staff
In your first year, you should expect to spend 34% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 66% of the time in independent study, including reading, preparation, coursework and revision. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.Find out more about contact time with staff
By studying a course with a professional accreditation, you could have the chance to get workplace experience, learn about new developments in the industry and apply for membership with the accrediting body. You may also be able to apply for jobs in the industry without having to do any more exams.
“I got the incredible opportunity to travel to the US to present my work on my project at the International Particle Accelerator Conference. This was definitely the best part of my placement.”Lydia Rudge
BSc Physics with placement year (2016)Read Lydia's full story
Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for studying physics. This might include relevant reading, voluntary or work experience, areas of interest from your current studies or other relevant extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. When describing your experiences you should reflect on what you have learnt from them, how they have influenced your development or how they are relevant to your future studies.
You will need a strong performance in both Mathematics and Physics as part of your entry qualifications.
If you are taking A levels, we may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh). We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.
Select the country where your qualification comes from.
Typical offer A levelA*AA
A*AA including Mathematics and Physics with A* in Mathematics or Physics (or Further Mathematics if applicable).
A level subjects that will not be considered in your application
A level General Studies will not be considered. We may be unable to consider an A level in your own language (unless it is English or Welsh).
Alternative offer A levelAAA
AAA including Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following:
- grade A in an EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
- grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.
Typical offers for other qualifications
36 points overall with 7, 6, 6 in three Higher Level subjects including Mathematics and Physics.
We have a strong preference for applicants who offer Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level. We may be able to consider you if you are studying one of these subjects at Standard Level (but not both). Our offer in this instance would be 7 in the relevant Standard Level in addition to our typical offer.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass the Access to HE Diploma (in Science or Science and Engineering), with at least 39 credits achieved at Distinction. This must include 12 credits achieved at Distinction from Mathematics units and 12 credits achieved at Distinction from Physics units.
Unfortunately BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF) are not a suitable route for this course.
See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
D2, D3, D3 including Mathematics and Physics with D2 in Mathematics or Physics
D3, D3, D3 including Mathematics and Physics plus one of the following:
- grade A in an EPQ
- grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate
- grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
Open University Credits
Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 30 credits at Level 2. We would ideally be looking for you to be taking units including:
- S104: Exploring Science
- MST124: Essential Mathematics 1 and MST224: Mathematical Methods
This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.
Pass units worth 120 credits, including a minimum of Pass Grade 2 with 80% in both S104 Exploring Science and a Level 2 Mathematics unit worth 30 credits.
Please note that taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.
AA in Advanced Highers including Mathematics and Physics plus AAAAA in Scottish Highers.
Combinations of qualifications
Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.
We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC.
- A*A in A level Mathematics and Physics plus grade D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF).
- A*A in A level Mathematics and Physics plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject.
- A*A in A level Mathematics and Physics plus 6 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations.
- A*A in A level Mathematics and Physics plus A in the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies.
We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications if they are in the same subject area.
Fees and funding
You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.Read more about your payment options
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.Learn how we decide fee status
Placement fees vary
You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.
You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.
Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.
If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.
- Course titlePhysics
- Final awardBSc (Hons)
- Mode of studyFull-time
- Course codeF307
- Institution codeB16
- UK/EU application deadline15 January 2018
- Overseas deadline15 January 2018
- Application eligibilityUK and Overseas students are eligible to apply
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