Theoretical Physics (MPhys (Hons))

Swansea University the United Kingdom

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The award
MPhys (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 17150 per year

All study options

About Theoretical Physics at Swansea University

Come and join the No1 Physics Teaching Department in the UK!

Top in the UK for satisfaction with teaching and organisation and management. Top in Wales. Physics and Astronomy - 97% for overall satisfaction and top 5 in the UK.

Key features

  • Physics and Astronomy 97% for overall satisfaction. Top in the UK for satisfaction with teaching and organisation and management. Top in Wales [National Student Survey 2017]
  • 100%  of our students say the course is intellectually stimulating [National Student Survey 2015]
  • Exceptional project supervision - students can experience working in a research group as part of their final year project
  • Portfolio of degree schemes designed to reflect cutting-edge research developments
  • Summer studentship and project opportunities at CERN Particle Physics Laboratory
  • TOP in the UK for research intensity [Complete University Guide 2018] 
  • Year in Industry programmes available for 2016 entry
  • £4.2m investment in state-of-the-art Science laboratories
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
  • Learning in the medium of Welsh - the department currently offers five optional modules that support learning in the medium of Welsh
  • More flexibility - the common structure of our first year allows students to transfer between degree programmes
  • Physics-specific careers guidance - our undergraduates get progress-targeted advice and training to allow them to make the most of their degree
  • Exceptional project supervision - students can experience working in a research group as part of their final year project
  • Small-group teaching - students work in pairs and small groups in tutorials, problem classes, group projects and teaching laboratories, enhancing their communication and networking skills
  • The compact and friendly campus offers a superb seafront location close to the magnificent Gower Peninsula

Course description

  • Excellent teaching - we received the government's highest grade in a recent assessment - the only one in Wales.
  • International leading research in experimental and theoretical physics, with 90% of our research classes as excellent or internationally-leading. Together with our "Excellent" Teaching award, this makes us the highest rated Physics Department in Wales.
  • Students gain unique insights into cutting edge areas of research, including superconductivity, nanotechnology, superstring theory and antimatter.
  • A flexible modular course structure, allowing for transfers between different schemes up until the start of the 3rd year, with the final year of our MPhys programmes involving specialised courses and a full semester working on a cutting edge research project, including the possibility of carrying this out at CERN.
  • Research projects in areas including cold matter, lasers and optics, antimatter, nanoscale technology, all with expert supervision.
  • A wide range of entrance scholarships and bursaries available.
  • Very friendly and caring Department in a traditional University.
  • All successful applicants who make Swansea their first choice are guaranteed University Accommodation for their first year.
  • The compact and friendly campus offers a superb seafront location close to the magnificent Gower Peninsula.
  • Wide choice of career options and good graduate earnings potential!

Career prospects

Physics graduates have a wide range of job opportunities.  Employers include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry, including aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications. Many physics graduates pursue a career outside physics, ie in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status.  The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations Survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).  Here are some examples of job titles from the recent survey:

  • Research Associate (University College London)
  • Demand Forecaster (First Utility)
  • Graduate Manager (Lloyds Banking Group)
  • Trainee Clinical Scientist (The Christie NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Electromagnetic Signature Analyst (Quinetiq)
  • Recruitment Consultant (M D L Howarth Ltd)
  • Cost Draftsman (Asons Solicitors)
  • Trainee (FDM Group)

Find out more about employability

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMPhys (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 17150 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International MPhys (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £17,150

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

A levels: grades AAA-AAB to include Maths and Physics.

Welsh Baccalaureate: Requirements are as for A levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

BTEC: DDD-DDM plus A-level grade A in Physics. Applicants will also be expected to demonstrate mathematics equivalent to A-level grade B or above potentially during interview.

Scottish Highers: ABBBC to include A in Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate: 36-34 to include at least 6 in HL Mathematics and 6 in HL Physics.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

All applications will be considered on an individual basis, and we will look at the whole application when deciding whether to make an offer of a place, including: the balance, nature and quality of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent); personal statement and referee's comments.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

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