Apply your knowledge of maths and physics to the natural world, and explore the inner workings of today's environmental issues.
Through this degree you can explore the physics behind the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets and the Earth's crust, as well as space weather and the Sun. You will also develop an understanding of key environmental issues, including atmospheric pollution and climate change, from a physics perspective. This knowledge is essential for tackling many of the problems facing the planet today.
The first year of the course will provide you with a thorough grounding in key mathematical techniques and scientific principles, such as nuclear physics and environmental chemistry. During your second and final years you will be able to select optional modules, tailoring the course to suit your interests. These will enable you to specialise in areas such as earth sciences, oceanography, hydrology, space weather or atmospheric science.
As part of our small, specialist department, you will benefit from an enviable 1:2 staff to student ratio. You will be taught by world leaders in their fields, some of whom are Nobel Prize winners, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) leaders and Fellows of the Royal Society. We also have a Regius Professor of Meteorology and Climate Science, appointed by the monarch. The University is 1 of only 19 in the UK to have been awarded one of these prestigious positions. You'll also benefit from the Department's close links to industry and a range of opportunities to enhance your employability.
Teaching is divided between lectures and practical work, but the ratio depends on options selected. You will have the opportunity to carry out a range of experiments using our extensive fluid dynamics and instrument labs, and atmospheric observatory. During your final year you will have the option of attending a summer field study trip to the Isle of Arran. You will also carry out an independent research project, working closely with a member of staff on a topic of your choice.