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  • Qualification

    BSc - Bachelor of Science

  • Location

    St Mary's University, Twickenham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

Applied Physics is essential for innovation. This degree provides an opportunity for engagement in physics that will shape our future world.

  • Opportunity to undertake work placements in the London area and research projects in industries and research institutes
  • Student-centred approach to teaching and learning; tailor your own studies by choosing from a variety of optional modules
  • Graduates go on to work in the Research & Development departments of high profile industries and research institutes.

Why study Applied Physics?

Applied Physics focuses on the engineering aspect of physics, meaning that greater emphasis is given to the real life applications of what you are taught.

The course is based on active, problem-based. learning. You will learn about a range of topics that are considered important to future technology and - more importantly - humanity. The degree aims to equip you with all the skills needed to be highly employable.

Collaborations with local industries (such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) in areas ranging from nanotechnology to medical physics, will aid your development and ensure you're well prepared to pursue a career in academia or industry after graduating.

Why St Mary's?

Lectures and tutorials are blended with practical classes to give to you a robust and well-rounded education in physics. A very strong emphasis is given to applications of physics in our daily lives, with the aim of developing the next generation of talented applied physicists.

Throughout the degree, you will undertake individual and group project work either within the Applied Physics department or with one of our industry partners. You will also have the opportunity to learn popular programme languages (including Matlab and Python) for advanced data analysis and modelling.

Specific modules are designed to develop industry-standard skills in computing and programming, including data processing. Specialist content in the final year of the course is strongly influenced by research expertise within the Applied Physics Department and our industry partners.

Assessment methods

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to ensure continuous assessment throughout your studies. These include coursework, scientific reports, lab books, oral and poster presentations, and exams.

Each of these methods will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Physics, but will also help you to use them as learning tools to improve your academic performance, to learn new skills - such as scientific writing and communication - and enhance your learning experience.

Career opportunities

The main goal of the Applied Physics degree programme is to train you to become highly skilled and, therefore, a highly employable scientist in a variety of fields, including:

  • Environmental physics
  • Biophysics and medical physics
  • Space physics
  • Telecommunications
  • Nanodevices
  • 3D manufacturing

Graduates in Physics have rewarding and successful careers because physics methods and insights are widely applicable. Physicists are widely sought in almost every scientific field and beyond, such as:

  • Transport
  • TV
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Videogames
  • Education
  • Patent attorney
  • Finance
  • Structural engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Space
  • Environment and climate
  • Nanotechnology

UG courses start 28th September.

Tuition fees

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£ 12,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

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A level :

Consideration maybe given to extended projects and Higher Sports Leaders Awards for borderline cases. For GCSEs, the pass grades are 4-9. (A-C in the previous grading system). For Ordinary Level examinations taken after 1975, the pass grades are also A, B and C. A pass at Grade 1 in the CSE will be accepted on the same basis as a pass at Ordinary Level. We welcome the Advanced Diploma and will offer on the same points as A levels with Additional and Specialist Learning requirements as stated on programme pages.


University information

St Mary's University, Twickenham

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  • Campus address

    St Mary's University, Twickenham, St Mary's University, Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, Hounslow, TW1 4SX, England

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