University of East Anglia UEA

Physics University of East Anglia UEA Degree level: Undergraduate


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Physics is concerned with the most fundamental questions about nature. It’s an inspiring subject that enables you to cultivate your abstract, creative reasoning and your practical, applied knowledge.

During the first two years of this three-year degree, you’ll explore some major themes in physics. And in your final year project, you’ll be given the chance to research a specific topic of your choice.

Throughout the course you will develop an impressive range of transferable skills in mathematics, communication and collaborative work. You will also build practical professional skills in areas like academic research, analytical problem solving and computing. These are highly sought-after skills for which employers in several sectors specifically prefer physics graduates.

Physics is not only a fascinating discipline, but a highly regarded qualification too. Study with us at UEA and you’ll develop a deep curiosity about the workings of our universe and gain powerful scientific skills to employ in a huge range of areas, so you’ll leave as a highly employable graduate.

Course Structure
Our three-year degree programme introduces you to many of the major themes in physics in your first year, before providing more advanced teaching in the second and third years, when you can specialise in a particular field. Your course will culminate in a final year project, giving you the chance to research a topic of your own choosing.

Year 1
Your first year will consist of six compulsory modules, giving you a solid grounding in a wide range of topics. You’ll be introduced to key physics concepts, start developing crucial mathematical skills, and learn about some of the scientific fields that these skills can be applied to. Modules cover topics including light, atoms, , mechanics, electromagnetism, , the dynamic planet and astrophysics.

Year 2
Your second year will enable you to start selecting modules that interest you. Options will include covering electronics, oceanography, meteorology, geophysics, special relativity and renewable energy.

You’ll build on what you’ve learnt in year one, with teaching in intermediate physics topics, mathematics for scientists, quantum mechanics and thermodynamics.

Year 3
Your final year is your chance to really direct your own learning, by selecting optional modules from the huge range we offer. Plus you’ll be taught advanced physics topics and laboratory skills.

Your independent research project will form a large part of your final year of study. Working with an expert supervisor, it will enable you to delve deeper into a real problem in physics.

Course details are subject to change. You should always confirm the details on the provider's website:

Course details


In your first year, you’ll be given a foundation in a broad range of physics topics, including quantum mechanics, astrophysics, mathematics and relativity. You’ll build on this basis in your second year with teaching in intermediate physics topics and advanced mathematics, while beginning to customise your degree with a number of optional modules in diverse fields. You can choose to complement your compulsory modules with a focus on electronics, energy, oceans, tectonics or meteorology. In your final year, you’ll have an even greater choice of modules to study alongside advanced physics topics and an independent research project.

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code F300
Institution code E14
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB or ABC Including Mathematics and Physics. Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Not accepted
Access to HE Diploma D: 0 credits
M: 45 credits
Science pathway with 12 level 3 credits of Mathematics and 12 level 3 credits of Physics.
Scottish Higher AABBB Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Principal subjects and A-level combinations are considered - please contact us.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 points Including Mathematics and Physics at HL 5. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
Scottish Advanced Higher CCC Including Mathematics and Physics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.

GCSE Requirements: GCSE English Language grade 4/C and GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C

We welcome a wide range of qualifications - for further information please visit our website or email

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please check our website for details.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £19,800 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and subject to increase. Some fees are regulated by the UK government and will be changed in line with advice from them. Fees for continuing students (i.e. those on courses of greater than one year in length) will normally increase annually. This increase will not exceed 4% or the % increase of the UK Government regulated fee whichever is higher. The fee increase is based on the fee for the year that you register. For further information about additional costs for your course and information on fee status please see our website.

Provider information

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University of East Anglia UEA
Norwich Research Park

Course contact details

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01603 591515