Physics Degree Programmes
Physics Degree Pathways
Full details for entrants can be found in Programme Specifications placed on the QUB website
The following single honours BSc programmes in Physics are offered:
- BSc Physics
- BSc Physics with Astrophysics
- BSc Physics with Medical Applications
- BSc Physics with French, BSc Physics with Spanish
- BSc Theoretical Physics
As well as the following joint honours programmes:
The following single honours MSci programmes in Physics are offered:
- MSci Physics
- MSci Physics with Astrophysics
- MSci Physics with medical Applications
- MSci Physics with French, Msci Physics with Spanish
- MSci Theoretical Physics
as well as the following joint honours programme:
Module summaries for all Physics modules can be found here
School of Mathematics and Physics Placements
All students on a Mathematics and/or Physics pathway have the option to take a sandwich year placement before their final year (normally between years 2 and 3 for 3-year pathways but if you are on a 4-year pathway such as an MSci degree you also have the option of taking this between years 3 and 4). Completion of the placement scheme will be acknowledged in your final degree certificate with the addition of the words "with placement year".
A prerequisite for starting an eligible placement is completion of a level 2 employability skills module: PHY2010 Employability for Physics or MTH2010 Employability for Mathematics. These modules are identical in course content and are taught as a single class. Physics students take PHY2010, Mathematics students take MTH2010 and joint pathways students can choose either which only affects which appears on their academic record. The module is a 0 CAT point module and is assessed by attendance only. It does not contribute to your degree mark or classification, it only serves as a prerequisite for the placement year. Topics covered include interviews, sourcing placements, CVs as well as some guest employer speakers. Taking the module does not constitute a commitment to do a placement and the module can also be useful just for your own skill development. If you do not pass this module this normally means you cannot do a placement as part of your degree programme. You would have to withdraw for a year if you still wished to do a placement.
It is the student's responsibility to source and secure a placement but the university can offer some support through advertisements on MyFuture and the careers service. Sandwich year fees apply for the placement year itself. See https://www.qub.ac.uk/Study/Undergraduate/Fees-and-scholarships/Tuition-fees/ for details. The placement module itself (MTH3099 or PHY3099) does not contribute to your degree mark and is assessed on a pass/fail basis. The module requires completion of a placement portfolio including monthly work diaries and a reflective account of your time on the placement.
Full details of the university study regulations may be found here