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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 degree covers a wide range of topics in physics and modern physical principles. You'll develop core skills in mathematics and physics that will allow you to gain an understanding of the fundamental aspects of physics.
Training in laboratories is complemented 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.
What you'll study
You'll study maths, mechanics, wave and optics, electromagnetism and quantum physics and practical laboratory work. You'll also select elective classes from across the University.
All classes are compulsory and will increase your understanding of physics developed in first year. You will be introduced to new classes, including solid-state physics and computational physics. Laboratory work becomes more sophisticated, recognising your growing maturity as a physicist.
Compulsory classes include quantum physics, statistical mechanics, electromagnetism and solid-state physics together with mathematics. The laboratory work undertaken in Year 3 is aimed at further developing your laboratory skills in readiness for the 4th year project. A key part of being a physicist is the communication of your understanding of the subject and in 3rd year you will take a classes designed to enhance the communication skills acquired in Years 1 and 2. ?
You'll undertake a final-year project in our research labs. Along with the project you also undertake a class that introduces you to the ideas behind the commercialisation of research. ?You can choose optional classes from a wide range of subjects, from photonics through to quantum information theory.
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.
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 or ABBBB (Physics B, Maths B)
Year 2 entry: Physics and Mathematics AB, in addition to grades as Year 1 above
Year 1 entry: BBB
Typical entry requirements: ABB
Year 2 entry: ABB (Physics B, Maths B)
Typical entry requirements: AAA
Please note if you are taking the newly-reformed Physics A Level, we will require you to pass the practical assessment included in the A Level.
32 (Physics HL5, Maths HL5)
Considered on an individual basis; contact us for advice
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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