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The physics degree programme includes modules in areas such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. Study takes place in the heart of London on the Strand campus. Extensive project work is carried out in the third year.
Award winning – four members of staff in the department have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
Internationally-renowned academic staff in the fields of cosmology, nanotechnology, and the interface between physics and biology.
Friendly and supportive learning environment.
Central location gives easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the Institute of Physics.
UCAS code F300
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
Course accreditations Institute of Physics
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
Department Department of Physics
Mathematics and Physics
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
A-levels: AAA including A in both Mathematics and Physics OR A*AB including A* Mathematics and A in Physics OR A*AB including A in Mathematics and A* in Physics.
Access to HE Diploma: Access to Science (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. Must include substantial focus at Level 3 (with Distinction) on both Mathematics and Physics.
Cambridge Pre-U: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at either: D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both Mathematics and Physics. OR D2 D3 M2 including D2 Mathematics and D3 Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D3 Mathematics and D2 Physics. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered.
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDD with twelve Distinctions and Mathematics A level at grade A OR Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM with eleven Distinctions and Mathematics A level at grade A*. NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement applicants with BTECs would need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Diploma in Applied Physics at DD with eight Distinctions and Mathematics A level at grade A OR Diploma in Applied Physics at DM with six Distinctions and Mathematics A level at grade A*. NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement applicants with BTECs would need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in both Mathematics and Physics. OR M and two A levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Physics and grade A in Mathematics OR M and two A levels at grades A*A, including grade A* in Mathematics and grade A in Physics.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: AA in Advanced Highers in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highersincluding Mathematics and Physics.
International Baccalaureate: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects: either HL 666 including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics. OR: HL 765 including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics OR: HL 765 including 6 in Mathematics and 7 in Physics. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Application deadline: January 15th 2016
35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666
45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
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Further information below
The BSc Physics degree is designed to offer students a broad knowledge of all of the fundamental elements of physics, and includes areas such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. Extensive project work is carried out in the third year.
The majority of teaching is performed by lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and through project work. All academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching programme. Each student has a personal tutor and the department encourages an open atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. The Student-Staff Liaison Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and feedback on teaching. Staff and students are members of the Maxwell Society, the department' social and lecture society.
The programmes have a common core of physics modules, with some optional modules each year for single honours students. We place great emphasis on problem solving and project work, which teaches team-work, group organisation, and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also allow advanced students to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information at an understandable level. Students registered for the MSci degree take almost exactly the same modules in the first three years as those taking the BSc degree in Physics. The fourth year provides a wide range of specialised physics options through an intercollegiate London programme, while the MSci project work is a genuine research project.
The department is located in newly refurbished dedicated office space, with views over the Thames to the London Eye and Westminster. The central location of our department gives easy access to major libraries and many leading societies including the Institute of Physics.
Currently, students study the following modules shown below. King's reviews its modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department for further advice. Students take modules worth 120 credits in each of the three years.
Five core modules.
Laboratory Physics (30 credits)
Fields, Waves & Matter (30 credits)
Thermal Physics (15 credits)
Maths & Mechanics (30 credits)
Physics Skills & Culture (15 credits)
Four core modules plus two optional modules.
Modern Physics (30 credits)
Electromagnetism (15 credits)
Mathematics (30 credits)
Laboratory Physics (15 credits)
Astrophysics (15 credits)
Computational Labs (15 credits)
Symmetry in Physics (15 credits)
Medical Physics (15 credits)
Five core modules and three optional modules in Physics or Medical Physics.
Projects (15 credits)
Spectroscopy & Quantum Physics (15 credits)
Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)
Optics (15 credits)
Solid State Physics (15 credits)
Mathematics III (15 credits)
Particle Physics (15 credits)
General Relativity & Cosmology (15 credits)
Medical Imaging (15 credits)
Fundamentals of Biophysics and Nanotechnology (15 credits)
Physics students are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. Physicists are trained to be good problem solvers and to think logically and apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems. It is not surprising that our graduates are found in many areas of employment, where they can exploit their skills.
Recent graduates have found employment as… • Actuarial Analyst, Willis • Physics Tutor, Tutoring Agency • Project Engineer, Cryogenic Ltd • Publishing Editor, Royal Society of Chemistry • Researcher, Cornell University • Risk Analyst, City Index • Performance Manager, Bradford Commerce
"I liked the different options that were offered as part of the course. I will be taking part in the University Ambassador’s Scheme, going into a secondary school to help teach, and hopefully inspire younger students to carry on with physics!"
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Full time tuition fees - Home/EU
£9,000 p.a. (2016/17)*
Full time tuition fees - Overseas
£21,750 p.a. (2016/17)**
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*This tuition fee may be subject to annual increases.
**This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.
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