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The award

How long you will study
5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 1820 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

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About Physics at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

The MPhys teaches physics in greater depth than the BSc Honours degree. It's for those of you who want to pursue a professional career in physics, with classes designed to meet the needs of the professional physicist.

You'll focus your studies on a specific area, such as theoretical and computational physics, plasma physics or laser physics. You'll also undertake a project, supervised by a member of staff in their research labs.

There is a strong emphasis on laboratory work, which will help you develop a sound understanding of experimental physics and instrumentation.

You'll complete your laboratory work training with 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

Year 1

You'll study the foundations of physics. Classes will also cover maths, mechanics, wave and optics, electromagnetism and quantum physics and practical work undertaken in the teaching laboratory. You'll also select elective classes from across the University.

Year 2

All classes are compulsory and will increase your understanding of physics developed in first year. You'll be introduced to new classes, including solid-state physics and computational physics. Laboratory work becomes more sophisticated, recognising your growing maturity as a physicist. ?

Year 3

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 fourth-year project. A key part of being a physicist is the communication of your understanding of the subject and in third year you will take classes designed to enhance the communication skills acquired in Years 1 and 2.  ?

Year 4

You'll undertake a project in research labs and a class that introduces the ideas behind the commercialisation of a physics idea. You can select optional classes from topics as diverse as Photonics through to Quantum Information Theory. ?

Year 5

This year includes a further project, which follows on from the project work undertaken in fourth year together with a class that develops the skills to start successful research. These classes are taken in the first semester. In the second semester you can select classes from a range of optional classes which link to those taken in fourth year. ?

Study abroad

You'll have the opportunity to spend either a full year or a semester abroad studying under the Erasmus Programme, in the case of EU countries, or Student Exchange Programmes with many universities in North America, Canada and the rest of the world. 

Industrial placements

We recognise the key links between physics and industry and many start-up companies and SMEs in Scotland owe their existence to physics-based ideas.

This is why we offer our students the chance to undertake an industrial placement during the break between either Year 3 and Year 4 or Year 4 and Year 5.

These placements are offered on a competitive basis. 

Major projects

You'll undertake a year-long project with research groups within the Department of Physics in Year 4, and a semester-long project in Year 5.

Student competitions

In year 2, there's an imaging competition as part of the Optics class.

Postgraduate study

If you're looking to progress to porstgraduate study, we have a number of courses available:

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.

Key facts

  • UCAS code: F303
  • Accreditation:Institute of Physics
  • High Flyer Programme:qualified applicants can complete the course in four years
  • Study abroad:options include North America & Canada

Study options for this course

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.


  • 2017/18 - £1,820

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £9,250

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.


  • 2017/18 - £18,000

Additional fees 

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.  

Other costs 

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 Wales

You don't need to make a separate application for these. When your place is confirmed at Strathclyde, we'll assess your eligibility.Have 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.

Available scholarships

We have a wide range of scholarships available. Have a look at our scholarship search to find a scholarship.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Minimum grades

Required subjects are indicated following minimum accepted grades.


Year 1 entry: AAAB or AABBB (Physics B, Maths B)

Advanced Highers

Year 2 entry: Physics and Mathematics AB, in addition to grades as Year 1 above?

A Levels

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.

International Baccalaureate

34 (Physics HL6, Maths HL6)

Additional Information


Widening access

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.

Find out if you can benefit from this type of offer.

International students

Find out entry requirements for your country.

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.

You can also complete the online application form, or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

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