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Overview

Our Physics BSc course will give you an understanding of the fundamental aspects of physics covering areas such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. You will carry out extensive project work in your third year to gain an insight into the skills and behaviours of scientific research.

  • Award winning – four former members of staff in the department are Nobel Laureates in Physics.
  • Internationally-renowned academic staff in the fields of particle physics, cosmology, condensed matter, nanotechnology, and the interface between physics and biology.
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment.
  • 85 per cent of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.
  • Central location gives you easy access to major libraries and many leading societies, including the Institute of Physics.

Key information

UCAS code F300

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Course accreditations Institute of Physics

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

DepartmentDepartment of Physics

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Undergraduate study

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Course detail

Description

We have designed our Physics BSc to give you a broad knowledge of all of the fundamental aspects of physics. You will study subjects such as relativity, quantum mechanics, fields and waves, electromagnetism and nuclear physics. At first you will follow a set programme, but in later in the course there is scope for you to pursue your own interests in greater depth. Problem solving and project work is an important part of this course, and you’ll learn about team work, group organisation, and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also encourage you to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information to non-experts.

You’ll be assigned a personal tutor to support your development and our Department encourages an atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. Our 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, which is the Department of Physics' social and lecture society.

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and project work. All of our academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching programme.

Assessment

We will assess you primarily through written exams, although occasionally also through practical laboratory examinations, laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.

Course accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Regulating body

King’s College London is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

 

Structure

Year 1

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.

Required Modules
  • Laboratory Physics I (30 credits)  
  • Physics Skills (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics I (15 credits)
  • Classical Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Thermal Physics (15 credits)
  • Fields & Waves (15 credits)
  • Matter (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules
There are no optional modules for this course in Year 1.

Year 2

Required Modules
  • Laboratory Physics II (15 credits) 
  • Nuclear Physics (15 credits)         
  • Quantum Mechanics I (15 credits)
  • Electromagnetism (15 credits)      
  • Mathematical Methods in Physics II (30 credits)

 

Optional Modules

 Students choose two modules from a list which typically includes:   

  • Introduction to Numerical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Astrophysics (15 credits)               
  • Symmetry in Physics (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (15 credits)

 

Year 3

Required Modules
  • Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (15 credits)          
  • Optics (15 credits)               
  • Solid State Physics (15 credits)

Choose at least one of the following:

  • Project (15 credits)                          
  • Literature Review (15 credits)       
  • University Ambassadors' Scheme (15 credits)

 

Optional Modules

 Students choose up to three modules from a range which typically includes:

  • Mathematical Methods in Physics III (15 credits)       
  • Particle Physics (15 credits)                 
  • Fundamentals of Biophysics and Nanotechnology (15 credits)                 
  • Introduction to Medical Imaging (15 credits)

 

Entry requirements

 

Required grades:

AAA

Required grades:

35 points overall and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades:

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades:

D3 D3 D3

Required grades:

Further information below

Required grades:

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Required grades:

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Required grades:

85% overall

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

Physics and Mathematics

Preferred subjects

 

 

 

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.  

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

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.

If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

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. This 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. We consider combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDD with 12 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM with 11 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*.

NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement, if you have BTECs you 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, if you have BTECs you 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: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher, including grade A in Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).

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.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2017.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £22,800 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

Our Physics graduates are in high demand because employers recognise the wide range of skills that they possess. We train physicists to be good problem solvers, to think logically and to apply mathematical and computational techniques to real problems.

Career destinations

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

 

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