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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

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How you will study

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About Physics and Mathematics at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

In the modern world, many new employment opportunities demand multi-skilled graduates. Those with mathematical and physics skills are among the most sought-after in fields including industrial research and development, computing, business, finance and teaching.

You'll use our outstanding laboratory facilities. In the last year we've spent £250,000 on new equipment for our teaching laboratories including telescopes, CCD cameras, ultrasound scanners, magnetic resonance spectrometers, high speed cameras, thermal imaging equipment and a high resolution 3D printer.

What you'll study

How will I learn?

We will provide lectures, practical laboratory sessions, seminars and two to four surgery sessions each week. The rest of your time is given to self-guided independent study (reading text books, lecture notes and exercises)..

Meet the Team

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:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

  • Year One

    • Mathematical Methods
    • Introduction to Numerical Methods
    • Vector Algebra and Calculus
    • Laboratory Instrumentation and Physics Skills
    • Ideas of Motion: Galilleo to Einstein
    • Matter: Evidence for Quantisation
  • Year Two

    • Differential Equations and Transform Methods
    • Numerical Methods for Ordinary Differential Equations
    • Advanced Calculus
    • Thermal and Environmental
    • Fundamental Forces
    • The Quantum World
  • Year Three

    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.

  • Final year

    Choose two modules from:

    • Differential and Integral Equations
    • Linear Systems
    • Numerical Analysis and Dynamical Systems
    • Topics in Applied Mathematics

    Core modules

    • Project in Mathematics (Mathematics students only)
    • Research Methodology and Ethics (Mathematics students only)
    • Project in Physics - includes research methods (Physics students only)

    Choose two modules from:

    • Condensed Matter
    • Advanced Modern Physics
    • Advanced Experimental Techniques

Course specification

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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 such as:

  • aerothermal engineer - Rolls Royce
  • wind analyst - Prevailing Ltd
  • technical writer - KA Testing Facility
  • medical dosimetrist - NHS
  • software test engineer - Nikon
  • car configuration engineer - Jaguar Land Rover
  • teacher - numerous schools
  • public engagement of science officer - Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • graduate quantity surveyor - Balfour Beatty
  • scientist training programme - NHS

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:

  • gain real life work experience
  • put knowledge and skills into practice
  • impress your employers - you could be offered a job at the end of your course.

Recently our students have taken placements at:

  • CERN
  • Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council
  • Merck Chemicals
  • Airbus
  • National Grid.

In addition we offer shorter (usually eight-week) paid placements in local secondary schools.

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Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding page.

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.

International Fees

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

  • For more information on these and other opportunities for funding please visit our international scholarships page.
  • For information on how to pay your fees to the University please visit our international fee payment page.
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.

Entry requirements

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.

International qualifications

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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