The course

Our courses provide a foundation in the basic principles of classical and quantum physics, from both a theoretical and an experimental standing.

We offer a wide range of options, from cosmology to particle physics, and integrate computing, theoretical physics and experimental units.

Please see the School of Physics and Astronomy website for the courses that we offer.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements are A*A*A -A*AA (to include Physics and Maths). We would normally require a pass in the Physics Practical Assessment in the newly reformed Physics A Level in England.

Course content

In Years 1 and 2, the course provides a foundation in classical physics including dynamics, waves, electromagnetism and thermodynamics. At the same time newer concepts are introduced including the unification of space and time, the meaning of wave-particle duality and the relation between entropy and disorder. This introduction is taught through course units in special relativity, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics. These modern concepts and the techniques of classical physics lay the foundation for study in Year 3 during which you may choose from a wide range of options designed to develop your expertise in diverse topics including: atomic and molecular structure, solid state electronic devices, electro-magnetic radiation, lasers, stars and cosmology, particle and nuclear physics and the more advanced aspects of theoretical physics.

BSc or MPhys?

The BSc is ideal for students wishing to obtain an excellent and highly valued undergraduate degree leading to a wide range of career paths. It also provides entry to specialised postgraduate masters degrees suitable for particular careers and progression to higher degrees.

The MPhys degree is one year longer providing space to significantly develop research skills and to study a wider breadth and depth in physics. This gives ideal preparation for students wishing to start a PhD directly after graduation. It also provides an excellent basis for a wide range of career options.

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Why Physics at Manchester?

Our tradition of excellence has been established by many eminent teachers and researchers, including 11 Nobel Prize winners, such as Rutherford, Bohr, Bragg, and Blackett. Our most recent Nobel laureates are Sir Andre Geim and Sir Kostya Novoselov, who were awarded the honour in 2010 for their pioneering work on graphene.

From our discovery of the atomic nucleus by Ernest Rutherford when he was a professor here, to his first ‘artificial’ nuclear reaction which marked the beginning of nuclear physics, we are proud of our historical record of achievements in science and engineering.

Today, we remain a leading centre of research across most areas of physics, and our steady influx of new research physicists and teachers means we continue to grow and keep our courses and research at the cutting edge.