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Which physics degree is right for you?

Physics can be a broad-ranging or highly focused degree. Explore our course options to find out which is best suited to your interests.

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What courses do we offer?

We offer four undergraduate physics programmes at BSc and MPhys level:

  • Physics is our most general degree, covering the full breadth of physics enabling you to work out where your interests lie.

  • Physics with Astrophysics covers the full breadth of physics, but with a particular focus on astrophysical phenomena.

  • Physics with Theoretical Physics covers the full breadth of physics, but with a strong focus on theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects of physics, rather than experimental.

  • Mathematics and Physics is split 50:50 across the two subjects, giving you more focus on pure mathematics.

What are you most interested in?

To help you start thinking about which course might be most suitable, you might want to ask yourself:

Do you already know what areas you enjoy? If not, then our standard Physics degree might be for you as you'll get to work out where your interests lie before specialising.

Are you undecided between Maths and Physics? Then Mathematics and Physics could be for you. While all of our courses contain maths for physics, on this course you'll spend half your time studying pure maths in the Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Do you like the idea of modelling complex systems? If so, take a look at our Physics with Theoretical Physics which has less emphasis on lab work and more on computational modelling.

Students looking at Physics equipment


Keeping your options open if you change your mind

Even after applying you may still be unsure about your course, so you can be reassured that we offer plenty of flexibility if you change your mind when you're here.

  • Physics, Physics with Theoretical Physics and Physics with Astrophysics share a common first year enabling you to switch between any of them at the end of your first year.

  • On our Mathematics and Physics degree, you have the potential to switch onto a single honours degree in Mathematics or Physics if you decide you would like to specialise at the end of your first year.

  • All four courses are also available as a BSc or MPhys (MSci for Mathematics and Physics), and with a placement or study year abroad, all of which you can switch between once you are here.

  • You'll also be able to choose optional modules to further tailor your degree to your interests (from which year optional modules are available varies by course). For full details of units available see the specific course pages.

Gain valuable experience

All courses are designed to equip you with meaningful research or industry-based experience, depending on your interests.

On the BSc versions you'll carry out one of:

  • Final Year Project where you'll work with an academic supervisor on a research project.

  • Industry Team project where you'll work in small teams on a real problem set by an industry partner.

  • Communicating Physics project where you'll develop activities to communicate physics to schools and the general public.

On the MPhys* versions you'll carry out one of:

  • A semester-long MPhys Research Project with an academic supervisor, investigating in depth an aspect of physics in the Department's research laboratories.

  • A 6-month MPhys Research Placement, carrying out a physics research project in an external research institution in the UK or abroad.

*MSci Mathematics and Physics instead carry out an extended, year-long final year project.

Physics students carrying out an experiment on a computer

Try out a possible career path on a placement

All of our Physics courses give you the option to go on a year's work placement in industry or research between your second and third year.

As well as boosting your employability, it's a great opportunity to test out a career path before you graduate. We have links with leading companies including BAE Systems, CERN, Dyson, Morgan Stanley, Rolls-Royce and Samsung.

Find out more about our placements.

Join our webinar 'Physics at Bath - Which course is right for you?' on 11 May to find out more.

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