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How long you will study
Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year
How you will study
International course fees
GBP 18000 per year
Why this course?
This joint Honours degree combines physics with teaching methods and practice to prepare you to be a physics teacher in secondary schools.
There is a shortage of physics teacher across the UK. Our degree is designed to fill this gap.
In addition to the core physics syllabus, you'll study pedagogy and get the hands-on classroom experience required for General Teaching Council recognition.
The degree lasts four years and covers a range of topics in physics and emphasises modern physical principles. You will develop core skills in mathematics and physics that will allow you to gain a solid fundamental understanding.
There is a strong emphasis on laboratory work and this will help you develop a sound understanding of experimental physics and instrumentation.
Your training in laboratory work is completed by a research project carried out in an up-to-date research lab, attached to one of the department's research groups. This allows you to benefit from our lively and diverse research environment.
You'll study the foundations of physics. Classes will also cover maths, mechanics, optics and waves, electromagnetism and quantum physics and practical work undertaken in the teaching laboratory. You'll also select elective classes from across the University.
All classes taken in this year are compulsory build upon the physics knowledge developed in the first year. You'll be introduced to new topics such as solid-state physics and computational physics. The laboratory work becomes more sophisticated, recognising your growing maturity as a physicist.
In addition to classes on quantum physics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics and solid-state physics, you will take lectures that relate to teaching pedagogy for science as well as a teaching placement in a school. ?
During the first semester of the fourth year you'll either undertake a project in the research labs of a member of staff in the department or one of our first semester optional classes from topics as diverse as photonics through to quantum information theory.
You'll spend the second semester of fourth year covering education-based courses together with an extended period of teaching practice in schools.
High Flyer Programme
Well-qualified applicants with appropriate A Levels and Advanced Highers will be admitted to the Faculty of Science prestigious 'High Flyer' Programme, which allows students to complete an Honours degree in three years and an Integrated Masters degree in four. If you are studying the relevant subjects you may receive a dual offer, specifying grades to direct entry to Year 2 as a High Flyer and also standard Year 1 entry.
Find out more about our High Flyer Programme.
Accredited by the Institute of Physics for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
Accredited by the General Teaching Council for Scotland
Notes about fees for this course
Fees & funding
How much will my course cost?
All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.
Rest of UK
Bachelor degrees at Strathclyde will cost £9,250 a year, but the total amount payable will be capped at £27,750 for students on a four-year Bachelors programme. Students studying on integrated Masters degree programmes - for example MSci, MEng and MPharm - will pay £9,250 for the Masters year.
Course materials & costs
At present, the department charges students £5 for lecture notes in PH 151 and PH 152. These notes are supplied by the University printers. Digital copies of notes are published on MyPlace for students to download.
A recommended textbook that comes with an online homework system is priced at £75, and covers both first and second-year material. If students don't wish to buy this text, the department issues the homework in paper copy for students to hand in for marking.
This process is currently under review, as the department are considering moving to an online textbook. This will be priced at £30 and accessed through MyPlace.
The department supplies students with lab books (£1) for recording data through years 1-3. First-year students are supplied with USB keys (£10) for the collection of data. Personal response handsets are also available at lectures.
Please note: All fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.
How can I fund my studies?
Students from Scotland and the EU
If you're a Scottish or EU student, you may be able to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish government. Scottish students may also be eligible for a bursary and loan to help cover living costs while at University.
For more information on funding your studies have a look at our University Funding page.
Students from England, Wales & Northern Ireland
We have a generous package of bursaries on offer for students from England, Northern Ireland and WalesHave a look at our scholarship search for any more funding opportunities.
International Students (Non UK, EEA)
We have a number of scholarships available to international students. Take a look at our scholarship search to find out more.
We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.
Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.
Year 1 entry: AABB/ABBBB (Physics B, Maths B, *English C)
Year 2 entry: Physics and Mathematics AB, plus two other Higher subjects at AB, or Advanced Higher ABB including Physics and Mathematics plus another Higher at B, *Higher English C)
Year 1 entry: BBB
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Physics B, Maths B, *GCSE English Language C and *English Literature C)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
32 (Physics HL5, Maths HL5, *English SL6)
Considered on an individual basis; please contact us for advice
*General Teaching Council minimum English requirement; preference is likely to be given to applicants offering higher grades
We want to increase opportunities for people from every background. Strathclyde selects our students based on merit, potential and the ability to benefit from the education we offer. We look for more than just your grades. We consider the circumstances of your education and will make lower offers to certain applicants as a result.
Degree preparation course for international students
We offer international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree at Strathclyde the option of completing an Undergraduate Foundation year programme at the International Study Centre.
Living in Glasgow: Ellie Kissel, MSc Information & Library Studies
I have always wanted to study in the UK and when searching for programems on the American Library Association website, the course at Strathclyde stood out as the one which would enhance my professional career. I love living in Glasgow and it reminds me of the southern hospitality of my home state of Kentucky.
Skills for cutting-edge research: Manto Chouliara, MSc Applied Physics
The course has provided me with a wide range of experimental physics skills and the opportunity to use them in a cutting-edge research project. The multicultural environment on campus supports the collaboration of students from the world, and through numerous group-work projects prepares us for our future jobs.
Course flexibility & further study: Shouyue Wu, MSc Optical Technologies
I've enjoyed the flexible nature of the course which allowed me to choose classes and projects to suit my interests. There's always guidance from staff, not only about studying, but also about living in Glasgow and your future career. I am planning to do a PhD project on optical fibre to prepare me to work in the industry.
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