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Engineering Physics is the application of physical principles and techniques to engineering and technology. This degree provides the knowledge and skills of Physics training that are required for producing engineering solutions in real-world situations. Physics at Aberystwyth University is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). Physics is one of the oldest academic disciplines, but one which makes significant contributions to modern society, with theoretical breakthroughs feeding into new sciences and fostering modern technologies. This degree will give you specialised knowledge in areas including micro and nano-electronics, applied photonics, materials design and production, quantum technology and space instrumentation. Upon completion of your degree, you will have accreditation by the Institute of Physics. Our researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project and engineering low dimensional materials (i.e. graphene).
This is a fascinating and commercially important field of research. Throughout this degree, you will be introduced to calculus, classical dynamics, forces and energy, optics, thermodynamics, professional issues in the industry, condensed matter structure determination, machine learning and space robotics. Students wishing to study through the medium of Welsh may do so with our Welsh-medium modules. Our students learn through a variety of methods such as lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work. We assess our students through their coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations. You will be assigned a personal tutor, who can help with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life.
Employability is embedded across all our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills to our students: research and data analysis, mathematical and computational skills, problem-solving, creative thinking, independent working, time management, organisation, self-motivation, communication and teamworking. The ability to discuss concepts with peers, accommodate different viewpoints, meet deadlines and communicate ideas in a clear, concise manner in both written and oral form are highly desirable skills in industry. Our degree will help you develop these and other skills. You are encouraged to contact the University’s Careers Service in relation to work experience opportunities. Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and GO Wales are administered by the Career Service which works with local businesses to create paid work placements for students. These schemes can help you to gain valuable work experience which will enhance your CV and make you more attractive to employers.
Your degree in Engineering Physics will allow you to pursue a career in engineering, research or development. Typical careers upon which previous students have embarked include medical physicist, radiation protection practitioner, research scientist, systems developer, product development, technical author and meteorologist. In addition, you will acquire transferable skills, such as problem-solving abilities which are needed for success in a wider range of careers.
What will I learn? In your first year you will explore; Calculus; Computational and Experimental Physics; Chaos, Communications and Consciousness; Modern and Classical Physics; Classical Dynamics. In your second year you will discover; Thermal Physics; Data Handling and Statistics; Instrumentation Systems; Optics; Electricity and Magnetism; Quantum Mechanics. In your third year, you will take part in an industrial or professional training placement for one year, enhancing your employability skills and giving yourself a head start in the competitive job market. This will be organised with the department. In your fourth year you will undertake and research; Concepts in condensed matter physics; Probing Atoms and Molecules; Semiconductor Technology; An individual project; Space Robotics; Machine Learning.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||With B in Physics and B in Mathematics.|
|A level||BBC||With B in Physics and B in Mathematics.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||With specified subject and B in A level Mathematics.|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points||With 5 points in Physics and 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: email@example.com) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics is also required. GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy is acceptable in lieu of GCSE Mathematics.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 in any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9,000||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the Academic Excellence Studentship, Means-Tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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