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Study the fundamental concepts of an undergraduate Physics degree, as identified by the Institute of Physics (IOP), along with some of the fascinating specialist topics pioneered by our expert staff. You can opt to take a one year work placement in industry, produce an individual project and go on field trips with our active Astronomy and Physics Society to further your knowledge in this subject area.
Why choose this course?
What our students say
"My course has helped me to improve my research skills, which have so far helped me with my formal report, but will hopefully help me write research papers in future. This is important to me as I am hoping to continue into a Masters degree in antimatter and hopefully work in advanced energy.
"The tutors really support us with one on one sessions and an open door policy which means that if we do have questions (which we will), they are usually answered very quickly!
Pascal Jones, BSc (Hons) Physics
What you'll study
How will I learn?
You will have around 20 hours per week of scheduled contact time with academic staff. This typically includes laboratory work, lectures and student-centred activities. During the rest of your week you will be engaged in self-guided learning, and group or individual project work.
About the Physics Team
Our highly experienced staff are constantly updating and renewing the way in which they teach Physics. This ensures all our courses are up-to-date, forward-thinking and designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing, fast-paced technological world.
Professor Carl Brown
Carl is the inventor of low power liquid crystal e-paper displays that are used in many retail outlets. He shares this expertise on the Advanced Experimental Techniques module.
Dr Bill Neal
Bill has 30 years of teaching experience in UK universities. He knows all of our physics courses backwards and has an open door to dispense his good advice.
Dr Michael Newton
Michael is a Chartered Engineer and has more than 30 years of experience in the development of experimental equipment and instrumentation.
Professor Haida Liang
Haida is an internationally recognised expert in imaging in art conservation, a field in which she applies her background training in observational astrophysics.
Dr David Fairhurst
David is an accomplished researcher in the behaviour of liquid droplets. He received the Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching in 2014 in recognition of his inspirational teaching.
Dr Dan Brown
Dan teaches astronomy modules, is regularly interviewed on radio and TV for his astronomy work with schools and other outreach events.
Dr Nicolas Sawyer
Nicolas has a very student-friendly approach to being Year One Tutor, along with expertise in optics and imaging.
Dr Martin Bencsik
Martin teaches and researches into MRI, studied for his PhD supervised by Nobel-prize winning Sir Peter Mansfield, co-inventor of MRI.
Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. As part of this, we're offering scholarships for up to 30 students to study a language module as part of their degree.
Learning a new language can:
Concepts of Astronomy and Cosmology
Get an introduction into astronomical objects and their nature, as well as using measurements of light and movement to determine the physical and dynamical characteristics of the solar system.
Matter: Evidence for Quantisation
Providing you with knowledge in elementary quantum ideas and nuclear physics, you will develop your ability to understand and apply mathematical techniques in a scientific manner.
Ideas of Motion - From Galileo to Einstein
Understand how force and motion are related, from the ideas of Galileo through to Newton's laws of motion up to Einstein's special theory of relativity.
Introduction to Laboratory Software
Learn basic concepts of program design, and gain the knowledge and skills to implement software solutions to scientific problems.
Laboratory Instrumentation and Physics Skills
This module provides an underpinning of essential professional, laboratory and IT skills, including physical principles of electronics-based measurement instruments.
This module provides the mathematical tools you need to support your studies in Physics, including the concepts of matrix and vector algebra, and their application to real examples in Physics.
Ionising Radiation and Non-invasive Imaging
Learn about how different types of radiation interact; the beneficial and detrimental effects of Ionising Radiations (IR); and the principles of imaging techniques such as Ultrasonic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). This module includes a substantial number of experiments in our dedicated Ionising Radiation laboratory.
Develop an understanding and appreciation of the principles, applications and relationships of the fundamental forces of nature: electromagnetism, gravity and strong and weak nuclear forces.
The Quantum World
Learn introductory quantum mechanics through the solution of the Schrodinger equation for model problems. This will reinforce your ability to deploy mathematical techniques.
Optics and Semiconductors
Study a range of topics concerned with geometrical and physical optics, and with the elucidation of the principles of operation of semiconductor devices through the application of solid state theory.
Thermal and Environmental Physics
Learn about the principles of thermal physics, including: heat transfer processes, thermal expansion of materials, behaviour of gases, atmospheric physics, the northern lights and the physics of climate change.
Learn about the concepts of digital electronics and digital data processing, including scientific image processing, the structure of a computer and its modes of communicating with other systems.
You have the option to undertake a one year work placements in industry. On successful completion you will gain an additional award - the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.
Study macroscopic properties of matter, beginning with ideas of statistical mechanics and progressing to encompass the structure of matter, magnetic and transport properties.
You will spend at least one full day per week in the laboratory undertaking novel research, using modern equipment. You will learn the techniques required to formulate a research project, carry out a literature review, perform critical appraisal of published research and scientific presenting. Recent projects have included building a 3D printer, optimising MRI hardware and studying the chaotic behaviour of a dripping tap.
Advanced Experimental Techniques
You will gain an insight into a wide range of sophisticated experimental techniques through innovative interactive classroom sessions and in-depth practical work.
Advanced Modern Physics
In this module you will be taught concepts at the cutting-edge of physics. The content varies each year but may include Einstein's happiest thought, the nature of curved space-time around black holes and the unfortunate consequences of anything that approaches too closely, gravitational waves or advanced quantum mechanics.
Cosmology: Theory and Observation
Covering both observational cosmology and the theoretical background of cosmology, you'll gain a broad knowledge of modern cosmology through theoretical components and data analysis exercises.
Laboratory Interfaces and Control
Learn about a range of standard computer interfaces that are encountered within the science laboratory and develop ideas of instrument control and signal processing.
Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors
Deepen your knowledge and understanding of neutron-related processes and phenomena, and gain an overview of the physics that underpins the design and operation of both fission and fusion reactors.
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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
Careers and employability
Your career development
You will develop numerical, analytical and computational skills which are greatly respected by employers, in addition to essential, transferable skills which include report communication skills, team working and problem solving. Our physics graduates have gone on to work for companies and in roles such as:
Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees in areas including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Quantum Computing and Detector Research.
Excellent placement opportunities
While studying for your degree, a placement is a valuable addition to your education. NTU is rated fourth in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 for the number of students on year-long work placements. A placement may give you the chance to:
Recently our students have taken placements at:
In addition we offer shorter (usually eight week) paid placements in local secondary schools.
Notes about fees for this course
Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.
Getting in touch
For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
What are we looking for?
Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.
We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you're not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
English language entry requirements
If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.
Help and support
If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.
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"I had been working in an NHS Haematology/Transfusion laboratory for three years when I came across the flexible Biosciences course at NTU.
I first heard about this degree through the IBMS website. I was looking for an accredited long distance course and found this was my favourite because of the specialised syllabus and the ability to carry out the modules at my own pace whatever time of day.
I read about the bursary award for this course on the NTU website. The bursary application was really straightforward and easy to complete. I had to explain my reasons for applying and how I was suitable for the bursary.
Without financial assistance I believe that I would have found it very difficult to complete this course over the two years and would perhaps have had to prolong my study to be able to manage the payments. Being awarded the bursary was a huge privilege and it has allowed me to concentrate on the course content instead of worrying about finding the next payment, for which I am extremely grateful.
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