Applied Physics BSc (Hons)

University of Dundee

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    2 (Physics & Astronomy)
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Course Summary

This course cultivates your natural curiosity and creativity to solve the technological problems presented by modern and future industries. Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and is concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Applied physics on the other hand involves the application of the methods and principles of physics to help human beings, usually in an industrial context, to solve their technological problems. As a graduate Applied Physicist, you will find a host of exciting career options open to you in many employment sectors where creative problem-solvers and trouble shooters are in high demand. Tech-driven industries such as Defence, Telecommunications, Computing, Medicine and Energy are obvious career destinations where a diverse physics education can be exploited readily.

Whilst the differences between Applied Physics and Engineering are often subtle, and the modus operandi of Applied Physicists and Engineers certainly enjoy overlapping qualities, it is in the specific nature of the technological challenges that are embraced that usually separates the two disciplines. Engineers typically solve well-defined problems, whereas Applied physicists use physics, or conduct physics research, to develop new technologies to solve engineering problems. This often requires thinking 'outside the box', but based on a deep physical appreciation of the problem at hand. Here at Dundee we'll teach you the hard-core skills of a versatile Physicist's repertoire, including the fields of quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and electrodynamics; and you'll consolidate the taught elements with a schedule of fascinating laboratory-based practical classes. In parallel, you'll be developing your transferable skills and leadership potential, cultivating the confidence to think on your feet and operate not only in an independent fashion, but to collaborate effectively in teams: - skill-sets that are, and will be much sought after in the workplaces of today, and tomorrow.

Our Physics degrees are accredited by the UK Institute of Physics, with suitably experienced graduates thus eligible to apply for chartered physicist (CPhys) professional status. Physicists and astrophysicists have a broad knowledge and expertise base in theoretical and applied science, combined with high level mathematical skills, and are adept at solving both abstract and concrete problems. As well as the career possibilities highlighted above, Physics graduates can pursue careers in such diverse areas as: Telecommunications, Microelectronics, Nuclear Power and Instrumentation, Cryogenics, Astronomy, Geophysics, Materials Science, Computing, Teaching, Business, Finance and Management. Many physics graduates go on to pursue higher degrees, both taught postgraduate and PhD. Physics graduates are among those earning the highest starting salaries in the UK, according to recent IoP figures.

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  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Including A-Level mathematics and physics or an engineering subject

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£9,250 per year

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About this University

The University of Dundee aims to transform lives, working locally and globally through the creation, sharing and application of knowledge. The university builds on its success by investing in excellent facilities, pushing the boundaries of research, and equipping staff and students with the means to create real-world impact. Dundee's collaborative approach to teaching and research is reflected in its close-knit community campus, making Dundee an excellent place to live as well as work and study.


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