University of Bath

Degree level: Undergraduate

Physics with Theoretical Physics

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Course summary

Learn about the deep connections between mathematics and theoretical physics and develop your scientific computing and theoretical modelling skills to understand and solve complex physical problems. This course is for you if you want to study a broad physics degree with less emphasis on experimental laboratories and a stronger focus on theoretical, mathematical and computational aspects of physics. You'll study the cornerstones of theoretical physics while developing your understanding of their mathematical foundations. Our courses reflect our theoretical research expertise in condensed matter, photonics and astrophysics. The computational physics and programming aspects also reflect the more applied nature of our theoretical research. The combination of theoretical and practical knowledge of physics and mathematics is highly sought-after by employers and also gives an excellent grounding for postgraduate or industrial research. Flexibility You'll study the same units as for our Physics and Physics with Astrophysics courses in year one. In later years, core material expands to include more computational physics, further mathematics and foundational theoretical physics. This gives you the greatest flexibility and makes it possible to change between courses if your interests change once you're at Bath. It also allows you to modify your placement or study year abroad options, or even whether you are on a batchelor’s or master’s programme after you've started. Master of Physics (MPhys) The master's degree gives you the opportunity to enhance and deepen your knowledge compared to BSc courses, particularly in topics at the forefront of research. You’ll study master's level units and carry out a master's level theoretical/computational research project, giving you ideal preparation for postgraduate study or a career in research. Get involved with our research Our courses reflect the wide range of research activities in the Department. You’ll learn about nano-engines and organic electronics, investigate quantum optics, study the properties of graphene and the importance of symmetry in theoretical physics, and explore the structure and evolution of the Universe. We bring the latest developments in physics into our teaching, and you can get involved by working with us on your own research project. Read research news and reports from our students. Use specialist facilities You’ll learn experimental and computing skills in our well-equipped teaching labs. You can carry out projects with research equipment and high-performance computers in our specialist research labs. We also have strong links to research facilities and observatories in the UK and around the world. Take a look at our undergraduate teaching lab. Watch a 360 tour of the physics department with two of our student ambassadors. Careers With the combination of an analytical approach and practical problem-solving skills, physics graduates are in strong demand by employers. A physics degree will enable you to work within a wide range of careers in physics and beyond, such as scientific research and development, engineering, finance, IT, telecommunications or renewable energies. Many graduates also go on to postgraduate study in preparation for academic or industry-based research careers. Find out more about what our graduates go on to do.

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  • Year 1

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GSCE requirements: GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category C).

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English language requirements

GCSE requirements GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4 or C (or equivalent from English language category C) English language requirements Category C You will normally need one of the following: IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components IELTS Indicator: 6.5 with 6.0 in each component TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components TOEFL IBT and IBT Special Home Edition: 90 overall with 21 in each component The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 176 with no less than 169 in all elements Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 180 with no less than 169 in all elements Duolingo: 110 overall with sub scores of Literacy 120, Comprehension 130, Conversation 115, Production 100. LanguageCert SELT: B2 Communicator High Pass We also have our own online English language test on Password. Please register for updates on our Password test. See the full list of accepted English qualifications.

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