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Physics BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: F300

Discover advanced physics concepts and the latest developments whilst developing your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Gain new knowledge in areas such as nuclear physics, solid state physics, and thermodynamics.

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Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Start dates: September 2025
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Engineering and Physics
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Engineering
Physics students taking lecture notes

If you are captivated by the workings of the world, then a physics degree could be for you.

Enrich your natural problem solving ability through the application of mathematical theories and equations, data analytics and computer programming. BSc (Hons) Physics will enhance your mathematical and science skills and provide you with the essential knowledge in a broad range of subjects including physics, engineering, and computing.

Discover advanced physics concepts, as well as developing a commercial awareness, which will prepare you for employment or further study. You will have the opportunity to work on an individual project, which will enable you to explore, in further depth a topic of your choice.

Our specialist physics and engineering teaching team are active researchers. You will learn about the latest developments while gaining the skills and knowledge required to meet industrial needs. You will develop conceptualising skills, such as planning and organisation, critical and innovative thinking, and reflective skills.

As a physics student, you will have access to state-of-the-art learning resources in our £13m Tech Hub which includes a tensile tester machine for exploring the properties of materials, digital oscilloscopes, electrical motors, signal generators, programmable robots, wired and wireless networking hardware, and giant 3D interactive teaching screens.

Course features

  • Sandwich year option available

  • Studying abroad option available

  • International students can apply

What you'll study

In Year 1, you will study the basic skills that will provide you with a solid foundation for further study in Years 2 and 3. This will include an introduction to quantum physics and the foundations of mathematics. You will learn soft skills and gain practical knowledge through individual project work, as well as an introduction to quantum physics, electrical and electronics essentials and the characteristics of materials.

Electrical and Electronic Engineering Fundamentals

Materials

Foundations of Mathematics

Professional Practice 1

Programming 1

Quantum Physics

 

In Year 2, you will further develop your knowledge to an intermediate level. You will continue to progress your mathematical knowledge and will further develop your soft skills and project experience through a group project activity with others on your course. You will learn about astrophysics, as well being introduced to the world of work via a simulated work environment or project. You will gain knowledge of the propagation of electromagnetic waves and the properties of antennas.

Antennas and Radiowave Propagation

Applied Mathematics

Waves and Optics

Professional Practice 2

Thermodynamics

Astrophysics and Relativity

 

In Year 3, your knowledge will reach an advanced level. You will gain new knowledge in nuclear physics, solid state physics, and statistical physics. You will also develop a commercial awareness behind how a product is developed and launched to the market. You will undertake a major individual capstone project on a chosen area of physics to conclude your studies.

Management and Enterprise

Atomic, Nuclear and Particle Physics

Solid State Physics

Statistical Physics

Physics Project

How you'll study

Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in laboratories, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.

Classes are highly interactive, with practical application of concepts a key factor, as well as cases drawn from real-life. Workshops, seminars, group tutorials and practical exercises provide opportunities for you to work with your peers and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability.

You will be required to attend up to four days a week.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays, presentations and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by esteemed staff who are passionate about student learning and development, as well as benefitting from guest lectures delivered by industry experts. The programme team are specialists in physics and engineering and are active researchers. Their research feeds directly into the teaching of the programme, ensuring that you will learn about the latest developments in subjects while gaining the skills and knowledge required to meet industrial needs.

Academic staff are also regular contributors to international conferences and influential journals and regularly engage with the wider business and academic environment in disseminating knowledge and delivering impact.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Entry requirements will be in the range 112-120 UCAS Tariff points, including A level mathematics (Grade C) and GCSE English Language (Grade C) or equivalent.

Non-traditional entry is considered on merit.

Equivalent qualifications and combinations will be considered, including Extended Project (EPQ) at grade C or above. Other awards such as BTEC Extended Diploma, BTEC Nationals, International Baccalaureate and T Level, will require the equivalent point scores as the UCAS tariff.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

The Department of Engineering is based in the state-of-the-art £13m Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Engineering and Physics, as well as Computing and IT students. Our modern engineering teaching laboratories are equipped with a range of industry-standard,  test and measurement equipment, and leading analytical software. Tech Hub.

There are dedicated specialist laboratories for materials engineering, electrical motors, and electronic engineering, in addition to an abundance of computer facilities and a large, horseshoe-shaped Harvard style lecture theatre.

 

Where you'll study

Tech Hub

Learning resources

Learning resources include oscilloscopes, signal generators, digital multimeters, Arduino and Raspberry Pi microprocessors,  a tensile tester machine, electronics training kits,  single and 3-phase transformers, a 3-D printer, and robotic arm kits, plus MATLAB and SolidWorks software platforms.

Teaching and learning are supported by the web-based platform Blackboard Ultra Virtual learning Environment.  The library is well-stocked with recommended print books and e-books and subscribes to high-impact technical e-Journals. The university subscribes to LinkedIn Learning, which provides free and unlimited access to thousands of high-quality online courses and video tutorials written by industry experts.

Assistive and accessible technologies include Read&Write text to speech software, Caption Ed to facilitate ease of note taking, and a mind mapping tool. The university provides specific workshops on academic skills for students who have specific learning difficulty or disability.

 

Finance

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for 2025/26 are to be confirmed. This page will be updated with further information when it is available.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.

Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

Graduates with Physics degrees can expect to be in high demand from science, academia or industry.

A physics degree provides the technical foundation for a variety of sustainable and satisfying careers including;

  • Acoustic engineer
  • Accountant
  • Astronomer
  • Electronic engineer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Geophysicist
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Meteorologist
  • Microwave engineer
  • Nuclear physicist
  • School teacher
  • Sound engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer

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