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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Mathematics has gone hand-in-glove with physics since the time of Newton. Physics is widely conceived as the most fundamental of sciences in that all other branches can be said to derive from its theories and principles, but it couldn’t be studied without a strong working knowledge and appreciation of mathematics. This three-year programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics. It allows you to explore the logical interplay between the two disciplines and split your time equally between the two. As well as covering all the core theories and principles of physics, you will also delve deep into the world of abstract mathematical ideas and explore their wide range of applications in the world around us.You will be welcomed into a vibrant, friendly learning environment and guided throughout your studies by world-class researchers and teachers who offer generous office hours. While the joint degree is arguably more challenging than a single honours degree, it will equip you with an enviable set of skills to set you apart in the world of work. By combining physics and mathematics you will have the opportunity to approach mathematics from a more rigorous point of view, giving you a deeper understanding of the theoretical aspects of core physics topics such as quantum theory and general relativity. Some of the laboratory components of the standalone physics programme are reduced to make way for this. In year 3 you will have the option of carrying out a supervised research project on a topic of your choice.Our Department of Mathematics is internationally renowned for its work in pure mathematics, information security, statistics and theoretical physics, while our Department of Physics is one of the most respected centres for physics teaching and research in the UK, boasting cutting-edge laboratories and research facilities and dedicated technical support. There is an astronomical dome on the roof of the department and thanks to our parkland location, away from the big city, our telescopes enjoy the best observational capacities of the University of London campuses.At the end of your first year you will have the option of transferring onto the second year of our four-year MSci programme, which is aimed at students who want to pursue mathematics and physics at a high level after graduation, for example in research or in specialist roles in industry.Our physics research is expanding in new and exciting directions, including strategic partnerships with CERN, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), SNOLAB and industry at large.Both departments put a real emphasis on small group teaching. You will be studying in a close-knit, friendly and supportive environment with a high staff to student ratio.Our Department of Physics has been awarded IOP Juno Champion and Athena SWAN silver awards for best practice in promoting women in science and welcoming large cohorts of female students.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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£ 20,900per year

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A level : ABB - AAA

Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required. Socio-economics factors which may have impacted an applicant's education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.Required subjects: A in Physics and grade A in Mathematics. A pass in the practical element of all Science A-levels taken.

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University information

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Royal Holloway, University of London

  • University League Table

    24th

  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 130 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

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    50th out of 72 3

    20th out of 49

  • Entry standards

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    133 56%

    38th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    69 69%

    60th

    2
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.88 78%

    64th

    47
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    / Max 240
    142 61%

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    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86 86%

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  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.37 87%

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    18

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