Physics BSc (Hons)

UCAS code F300 BSc/P

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About this course 2018/19

Physics is about understanding the world around us, from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy. Physicists are problem solvers, future shapers, and at Northumbria we empower our Physics students to think creatively about how to tackle the challenges we put in front of them.

Research strengths in areas such as quantum devices, smart and nano materials, soft matter, chaos theory and dynamical systems underpin our Physics course. This breadth provides an opportunity to customise your degree in the final year – focusing on what matters to you most.

You will learn from world-leading experts, and develop transferable skills including problem solving, data analysis, computer programming and communication. A Physics BSc from Northumbria is highly valued by employers and cuts across disciplines, giving you a vital edge in a competitive job market.

Northumbria has recently invested more than one million pounds into Physics facilities and learning environments, further enhancing our reputation for innovation and excellence. 

IOPAccreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). While studying this programme you are eligible for free Student Membership of the IOP.

 

95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 91% of students were satisfied overall with their course (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

With a large number of staff linked to our BSc (Hons) Physics programme, each with their own specialist areas of interest, you will learn from some truly world-leading experts. Within a field as diverse as Physics, you will be exposed to an inspiring array of innovative thinkers working on cutting edge research into the biggest challenges humanity faces.

Whether you are interested in quantum physics, soft and biological matter, or theoretical physics, our staff are not only teaching their specialist subjects but also writing textbooks and adding new knowledge and perspectives to our understanding of the world around us.

Our students rate us highly, with 90% expressing satisfaction with the course.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Physics students at Northumbria are taught through a wide range of methods, including directed learning, laboratory experiments and self-directed research. There is a strong emphasis on problem solving, ranging from laboratory sessions and seminars to develop solutions to ideal problems, to applying computational techniques to multi-variable constrained problems.

You will be exposed to and encouraged to use the latest technology, through dedicated facilities, to study and understand complex physical concepts.

Our assessment philosophy is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application in a variety of ways and settings including laboratory experiments, presentations, assignments, exams, reports and project work.

Assessments will develop your communication skills while also testing your grasp of the learning outcomes for each module. 

Learning Environment

Northumbria has recently invested more than one million pounds into Physics facilities, meaning our students have access to the state-of-the-art learning environments.

The Smart Materials and Surfaces Lab supports research into many specialist fields including super-water repellent surfaces and microfluidics. The Microwave Technology Lab is at the centre of exciting research into breast cancer detection and security screening for concealed weapons. The New and Renewable Energy Lab is closely connected to future-changing research into wind power, photovoltaics and electric vehicle battery testing.

The core Physics Teaching Lab contains a variety of cutting-edge equipment to measure and experiment on invisible forces and physical phenomena.

Technology Enhanced Learning is core to the Physics course. You will undertake online tests and self-guided exercises, which have a positive impact on your formation as they enable you to work independently and to develop innovative thinking 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be enhanced through one-to-one contact with the Physics staff.  Key research interests of staff include:

  • Condensed matter, including quantum dots, photovoltaics and high-speed LEDs
  • Soft and biological matter, including smart materials, surfaces and biofluids
  • Power systems, including synchronous generators, wind energy conversion systems and induction machines
  • Mechanical systems including control of flexible joint and rigid robots
  • Communications systems including compressive sensing and chaotic synchronisation

Research in Physics is fundamental to the distinctive learning experience at Northumbria. You will be surrounded by research opportunities and actively encouraged to contribute to developing new knowledge.

Physics research in Northumbria is at the top-35 with 79% of our publications ranked world leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

A Physics degree makes you highly employable in a range of sectors that value the core principles of problem solving and an analytical approach. The strong research focus at Northumbria enhances these skills, allowing you to develop the key subject specialism which can help you stand out from the crowd.

Laboratory-based modules will equip you with practical and computational skills that can be applied to a wide variety of problems and challenges. By your third year, you will be working on modules closely aligned with live departmental research. Our close links with electrical engineering courses and research also offers a significant advantage to our students as it broadens the range of industrial placement opportunities.

Physicists are currently in demand in diverse fields including research and development, engineering, healthcare, finance, aerospace, energy and telecoms. 

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

From the first day of your Physics degree to the last, you will be empowered to take responsibility for and develop your own learning.  This experience will equip you with a valuable range of transferable skills from the analytical to the practical and interpersonal.

Our industry partners tell us they value highly the analytical skills of Northumbria Physics students such as estimation, quantitative modelling and statistical analysis, and these skills can be deployed across a wide range of disciplines in addition to research, such as healthcare, energy, electronics and finance.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have a strong employability potential as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include the ability to think creatively while at the same time applying rigorous structure to solve complex problems. 

About this course 2019/20

Physics is about understanding the world around us, from the smallest particle to the largest galaxy. Physicists are problem solvers, future shapers, and at Northumbria we empower our Physics students to think creatively about how to tackle the challenges we put in front of them.

Research strengths in areas such as quantum devices, smart and nano materials, soft matter, chaos theory and dynamical systems underpin our Physics course. This breadth provides an opportunity to customise your degree in the final year – focusing on what matters to you most.

You will learn from world-leading experts, and develop transferable skills including problem solving, data analysis, computer programming and communication. A Physics BSc from Northumbria is highly valued by employers and cuts across disciplines, giving you a vital edge in a competitive job market.

Northumbria has recently invested more than one million pounds into Physics facilities and learning environments, further enhancing our reputation for innovation and excellence. 

IOPAccreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP). While studying this programme you are eligible for free Student Membership of the IOP.

 

95% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 91% of students were satisfied overall with their course (Unistats, 2016)

Learn from the best

With a large number of staff linked to our BSc (Hons) Physics programme, each with their own specialist areas of interest, you will learn from some truly world-leading experts. Within a field as diverse as Physics, you will be exposed to an inspiring array of innovative thinkers working on cutting edge research into the biggest challenges humanity faces.

Whether you are interested in quantum physics, soft and biological matter, or theoretical physics, our staff are not only teaching their specialist subjects but also writing textbooks and adding new knowledge and perspectives to our understanding of the world around us.

Our students rate us highly, with 90% expressing satisfaction with the course.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Physics students at Northumbria are taught through a wide range of methods, including directed learning, laboratory experiments and self-directed research. There is a strong emphasis on problem solving, ranging from laboratory sessions and seminars to develop solutions to ideal problems, to applying computational techniques to multi-variable constrained problems.

You will be exposed to and encouraged to use the latest technology, through dedicated facilities, to study and understand complex physical concepts.

Our assessment philosophy is to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and application in a variety of ways and settings including laboratory experiments, presentations, assignments, exams, reports and project work.

Assessments will develop your communication skills while also testing your grasp of the learning outcomes for each module. 

Learning Environment

Northumbria has recently invested more than one million pounds into Physics facilities, meaning our students have access to the state-of-the-art learning environments.

The Smart Materials and Surfaces Lab supports research into many specialist fields including super-water repellent surfaces and microfluidics. The Microwave Technology Lab is at the centre of exciting research into breast cancer detection and security screening for concealed weapons. The New and Renewable Energy Lab is closely connected to future-changing research into wind power, photovoltaics and electric vehicle battery testing.

The core Physics Teaching Lab contains a variety of cutting-edge equipment to measure and experiment on invisible forces and physical phenomena.

Technology Enhanced Learning is core to the Physics course. You will undertake online tests and self-guided exercises, which have a positive impact on your formation as they enable you to work independently and to develop innovative thinking 

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be enhanced through one-to-one contact with the Physics staff.  Key research interests of staff include:

  • Condensed matter, including quantum dots, photovoltaics and high-speed LEDs
  • Soft and biological matter, including smart materials, surfaces and biofluids
  • Power systems, including synchronous generators, wind energy conversion systems and induction machines
  • Mechanical systems including control of flexible joint and rigid robots
  • Communications systems including compressive sensing and chaotic synchronisation

Research in Physics is fundamental to the distinctive learning experience at Northumbria. You will be surrounded by research opportunities and actively encouraged to contribute to developing new knowledge.

Physics research in Northumbria is at the top-35 with 79% of our publications ranked world leading or internationally excellent by the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

A Physics degree makes you highly employable in a range of sectors that value the core principles of problem solving and an analytical approach. The strong research focus at Northumbria enhances these skills, allowing you to develop the key subject specialism which can help you stand out from the crowd.

Laboratory-based modules will equip you with practical and computational skills that can be applied to a wide variety of problems and challenges. By your third year, you will be working on modules closely aligned with live departmental research. Our close links with electrical engineering courses and research also offers a significant advantage to our students as it broadens the range of industrial placement opportunities.

Physicists are currently in demand in diverse fields including research and development, engineering, healthcare, finance, aerospace, energy and telecoms. 

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

From the first day of your Physics degree to the last, you will be empowered to take responsibility for and develop your own learning.  This experience will equip you with a valuable range of transferable skills from the analytical to the practical and interpersonal.

Our industry partners tell us they value highly the analytical skills of Northumbria Physics students such as estimation, quantitative modelling and statistical analysis, and these skills can be deployed across a wide range of disciplines in addition to research, such as healthcare, energy, electronics and finance.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have a strong employability potential as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include the ability to think creatively while at the same time applying rigorous structure to solve complex problems. 

Course info

UCAS Code F300 BSc/P

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering

Location Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2018 or September 2019

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