About Physics at the University of Nottingham We have a proud history of learning and innovation. Research undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy, by Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, was recognised with a 2003 Nobel Prize for the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging body scanners. This technology has already helped more than half a billion people worldwide. More recently, our use of quantum technologies to understand how the brain works is changing the way that neurological conditions are detected and treated. Our research activities cover cutting-edge topics ranging from probing quantum mechanics at ultralow temperatures to understanding the largest structures in the Universe. Our courses offer a wide range of optional modules, so you can explore new areas of physics and specialise in the ones that interest you the most. You can study topics as diverse as cosmology, nanoscience, and medical imaging and learn from experts in those fields. What’s more, there is flexibility to transfer between most physics courses after the first year. Some of our teaching staff share their love of physics with budding scientists worldwide through the popular Sixty Symbols YouTube channel. Our unique, student centred MSci course offers innovative teaching methods, with few to no exams in the final year. We encourage students to share their fascination with physics with the wider community through our outreach programme. This programme can help you further develop skills such as organisation, communication and team working. We also have an active student society, PhysSoc, which organises social events throughout the year. Our mentoring scheme gives new starters the opportunity to connect with more experienced physics students, helping you settle into university life. Physics MSci Our unique fourth year will develop your professional and transferrable skills with immersive, student-centred learning. You will focus on fewer but more specialised areas and complete a year-long research project. Under the guidance of our expert staff you will benefit from a range of learning styles. These include group work, projects, delivering seminars and independent learning.
The first year will provide you with the key practical, mathematical and computational skills for your degree. You will build up your knowledge of the subject through modules in the core elements of physics. In the second year, you will build on the core skills developed in year one to study aspects of physics including quantum theory. You'll also have the options to specialise in areas of physics that particularly interest you. These topics include Principles of Dynamics, and the Structure of Galaxies. In the third year, the smaller number of core modules means you’ll have even more opportunity to take specialised options. You will work on a research project, applying your theoretical, computational and experimental techniques. MSci students will receive additional support to help prepare for independent learning in the final year. In the final year, you will work on a range of activities, projects and presentations. You will also carry out a major research project, either involving consultancy work in industry or collaboration within one of the research groups.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
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European Baccalaureate - An overall average of 85% including 8.5 in Mathematics (syllabus 5) and 8 in Physics (plus 6 in English). GCSE requirements - English grade C (numeric grade 4).
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Fees and funding
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