MPhys Physics with a year abroad F304

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Course Overview

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The MPhys Physics with a year abroad is a five-year degree scheme intended primarliy for those wishing to become professional physicists. In this scheme students spend their first two years of study in Swansea before studying for one year in a university outside the U.K. Students then return to Swansea to complete their degree.

Key Features

  • Internationally Leading Research - TOP in the UK for Research Intensity (Complete University Guide 2016)
  • 100% of our students say the course is intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Dedicated facilities - a recent £4.2m investment has been made in a suite of state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and equipment to enhance the learning environment
  • Teaching experience - optional 3rd year placement with an emphasis on teaching physics, encouraging the development of transferable skills following initial training and mentoring
  • Portfolio of degree schemes designed to reflect cutting-edge research developments
  • Summer studentship and project opportunities at CERN Particle Physics Laboratory
  • Learning in the medium of Welsh - the department currently offers five optional modules that support learning in the medium of Welsh
  • Degree recognition - all of our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics
  • More flexibility - the common structure of our first year allows students to transfer between degree programmes
  • Physics-specific careers guidance - our undergraduates get progress-targeted advice and training to allow them to make the most of their degree
  • Exceptional project supervision - students can experience working in a research group as part of their final year project
  • Small-group teaching - students work in pairs and small groups in tutorials, problem classes, group projects and teaching laboratories, enhancing their communication and networking skills
  • The compact and friendly campus offers a superb seafront location close to the magnificent Gower Peninsula

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
MAG130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Calculus for Physics
MAG133Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Algebra for Physicists
PH-101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Dynamics I
PH-104Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology
PH-122Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Dynamics II
PH-123Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Matter and Fields II
PH-124Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Matter and Fields I
PH-125Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Waves and Optics
PH-127Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10The Quantum World
PH-128Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Quantative Methods in Physics
PH-129Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Laboratory Physics I
PH-131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Differential Equations for Physics
Optional Modules
Physics English or Welsh 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-129Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Laboratory Physics IThis is the English Language version of PH-129 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-129CSemester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)10Ffiseg Labordy IMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-129, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PH-203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Statistical Physics
PH-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Physics Simulation
PH-205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Quantum Mechanics I
PH-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Mathematical Methods in Physics I
PH-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Condensed Matter Physics I
PH-210Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Laboratory Physics 2 and Group Projects
PH-211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Laboratory Physics 2 and Group Projects
PH-221Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Electromagnetism and Special Relativity I
PH-222Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Electromagnetism II
PH-227Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mathematical Methods in Physics II
PH-229Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Particle Physics I
Optional Modules
Physics English or Welsh 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-210Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Laboratory Physics 2 and Group ProjectsThis is the English Language version of PH-210 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-210CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffiseg Labordy 2 a Phrosiectau GrwpMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-210, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
Physics English or Welsh 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least one module

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Laboratory Physics 2 and Group ProjectsThis is the English Language version of PH-211 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-211CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffiseg Labordy 2 a Phrosiectau GrwpMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-211, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
AND
 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Foundations of Astrophysics
PH-360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nanotechnology

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

HE Level 5 Sandwich Year
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PH-R01Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Physics with a Year Abroad

Year 4 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PH-302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Quantum Mechanics II
PH-306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Atomic Physics I
PH-307Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Condensed Matter Physics II
PH-312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Option Experiments
PH-321Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10General Relativity
PH-333Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Atomic Physics and Quantum Optics II
PH-335Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Particle Physics II
PH-338Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Frontiers of Nuclear Physics
PH-339Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Climate Physics
PH-353Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Computational Physics
PH-355Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Mathematical Methods in Physics III
Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Foundations of Astrophysics
PH-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cosmology
PH-325Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Teaching Physics via a School PlacementThis is the English Language version of PH-325 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-325CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Addysgu ffiseg trwy leoliad mewn ysgolMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-325, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.
PH-360Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Nanotechnology
Physics English or Welsh 

Choose Exactly 10 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Option ExperimentsThis is the English Language version of PH-312 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-312CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Arbrofion OpsiwnMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-312, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Year 5 (Level 7)

HE Level 7 Integrated Degree

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
PH-M24Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Research Project
Optional Modules
Physics English or Welsh 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
PH-M24Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Research ProjectThis is the English Language version of PH-M24 and should be selected if you do not wish to study a minimum of 5 credits of the module through the medium of Welsh.
PH-M24CSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)60Prosiect YmchwilMae hon fersiwn cyfrwng Cymraeg o fodiwl PH-M24, a ddylai gael ei ddewis os ydych yn dymuno astudio lleiafswm o 5 credyd o’r modiwl hon drwy gyfrwng y Gymraeg.

Year 5 (Level 7 RES)

Description

  • Excellent teaching - we received the government's highest grade in a recent assessment - the only one in Wales.
  • International leading research in experimental and theoretical physics, with 90% of our research classes as excellent or internationally-leading. Together with our "Excellent" Teaching award, this makes us the highest rated Physics Department in Wales.
  • Students gain unique insights into cutting edge areas of research, including superconductivity, nanotechnology, superstring theory and antimatter.
  • A flexible modular course structure, allowing for transfers between different schemes up until the start of the 3rd year, with the final year of our MPhys programmes involving specialised courses and a full semester working on a cutting edge research project, including the possibility of carrying this out at CERN.
  • Research projects in areas including cold matter, lasers and optics, antimatter, nanoscale technology, all with expert supervision.
  • A wide range of entrance scholarships and bursaries available.
  • Very friendly and caring Department in a traditional University.
  • The compact and friendly campus offers a superb seafront location close to the magnificent Gower Peninsula.
  • Wide choice of career options and good graduate earnings potential!

Entry Requirements

A levels: grades AAA-AAB to include Maths and Physics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Pass acceptable as equivalent to an A grade A level.

BTEC: DDD-DDM plus A-level grade A in Physics. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate mathematics equivalent to A-level grade B or above potentially during interview.

Scottish Highers: ABBBC to include A in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate – 36-34 to include at least 6 in HL Mathematics and 6 in HL Physics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee’s comments.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

How To Apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.

For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk

For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MPhys (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £16,650

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, examples classes and weekly small group classes.

You will be assessed through a variety of methods, laboratory work and research projects.



Student profiles

"I chose the MPhys scheme because I was keen to maximise my chances of gaining employment as a physicist. I found the whole department very approachable and particularly enjoyed my MPhys project. Since graduating, I was fortunate enough to gain a place in British Nuclear Fuel's graduate training scheme and I'm now working in the dosimetry section. I really enjoyed my time in Swansea and would strongly recommend it to anyone considering studying Physics.".

Sharon Bean, MPhys

Read our student profiles

Facilities

The Department is well-resourced to support research. Swansea physics graduates are more fortunate than most, gaining unique insights into exciting cutting-edge areas of physics due to the specialized research interests of all the teaching staff. This combined with a great staff-student ratio enables individual supervision in advanced final year research projects. Projects range from superconductivity and nano-technology to superstring theory and anti-matter. The success of this programme is apparent in the large proportion of our MPhys students who seek to continue with postgraduate programmes in research.

Specialist equipment includes:

a low-energy positron beam with a highfield superconducting magnet for the study of positronium

a number of CW and pulsed laser systems

scanning tunnelling electron and nearfield optical microscopes

a Raman microscope

a 72 CPU parallel cluster

access to the IBM-built ‘Blue C’ Supercomputer at Swansea University and is part of the shared use of the teraflop QCDOC facility based in Edinburgh

We are currently engaged in a £1.8million spend on state-of-the-art teaching spaces, including IT facilities, laboratories and flexible teaching spaces.

Find out more about the facilities used by Physics students at Swansea University.
 
 



Careers

Physics graduates have a wide range of job opportunities.  Employers include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry, including aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications. Many physics graduates pursue a career outside physics, ie in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Research Associate (University College London)
  • Demand Forecaster (First Utility)
  • Graduate Manager (Lloyds Banking Group)
  • Trainee Clinical Scientist (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Electromagnetic Signature Analyst (Quinetiq)
  • Recruitment Consultant (M D L Howarth Ltd)
  • Cost Draftsman (Asons Solicitors)
  • Trainee (FDM Group)

Find out more about employability

Research

The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that over 80% of the research outputs from both the experimental and theoretical groups were judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent.

Research groups include:

AMQP Group

The Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group comprises academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.

PPT Group

The Particle Physics Theory Group has fourteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.

Find out more

Partner Institutions

Level S (Third Year)

The is the year abroad, spent studying physics in a university overseas and soaking up the local culture. The number of courses attended during this year will depend on the language used in lectures. We currently have Physics exchange programmes with the following institutions:

Humboldt University of Berlin
University of Vienna
University of Parma
University of New South Wales (Sydney)
Autonoma University of Barcelona



Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.

Welsh-medium provision for students

In the Physics Department a variety of modules can be studied with a Welsh medium component. For more information, please contact Dr Aled Isaac.