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Physics BSc

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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.

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  • Award winning – six former staff and students in the department won Nobel Prizes.
  • Internationally-renowned academic staff in the fields of cosmology, nanotechnology and the interface between physics and biology.
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  • 90 per cent of our research was classed as world- leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
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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

Department Department of Physics

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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, nuclear and particle physics. At first you will follow a set programme, but 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 course.

You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module.

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

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

 

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. 

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Physics Skills & Techniques (30 credits)
  • Mathematics & Computation for Physics (30 credits)
  • Classical Physics (30 credits)
  • Introduction to Modern Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Foundations of Chemistry & Cell Biology (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Astrophysics (15 credits)

Year 2

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Experimental Physics (15 credits)
  • Mathematical Methods for Physics (15 credits)
  • Thermal Physics & Properties of Matter (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics I (15 credits)
  • Electromagnetism (15 credits)
  • Relativity & Sub-atomic Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

You are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Stellar Structure and Evolution (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Numerical Modelling (15 credits)
  • Symmetry in Physics (15 credits)

In addition, you are required to take one module from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Industrial Group Project (15 credits)
  • Biophysical Techniques (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Medical Physics (15 credits)

Year 3

Required Modules

You are required to take:

  • Statistical Mechanics (15 credits)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (15 credits)
  • Optics (15 credits)
  • Condensed Matter Physics I (15 credits)
  • Particle Physics (15 credits)
  • Third year Project in Physics (15 credits)
Optional Modules

In addition, you are required to take up to two modules from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • University Ambassadors Scheme (15 credits)
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Nanotechnology (15 credits)
  • General Relativity & Cosmology (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Biophysics (15 credits)
  • Medical Imaging (15 credits)
  • Modelling Flow & Transport (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

Further information below

If you are taking the new RQF BTEC Nationals (2016), you will not be required to fulfil the module requirement stipulated above - you will only need to get the right overall grade. If you are taking the QCF BTEC Nationals (2010), you must achieve both the required overall grade and the specified module grades. If you are unsure which BTEC you are studying, your teacher or school/college counsellor should be able to tell you.

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

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

Required subjects

Physics and Mathematics

Applicants having studied Maths and Further Maths but not Physics, may be considered on a case-by-case basis following an interview with the admissions tutor

Preferred subjects

None

Further information and other requirements

Entry requirements
A-Level  AAB 

Must include grade A in Mathematics and Physics.

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A 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.

NOTE: 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 

D: 33 credits

M: 12 credits

P: 0 credits

Access to Science Diploma (or similar subject) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 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 D3 D3 M2

Must include grade D3 in Mathematics and 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 12 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.

NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement if you have BTECs, you 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

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Highers

and

AB at Advanced Highers

Must include Advanced Higher Maths and Physics.

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate 35 points

Including 6,6,5 at Higher Level, and including grade 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Other International Qualifications   Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2019

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 (September 2019) who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

The UK tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2019-2020 academic year is £25,500 per year.

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.

 

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • Graduation costs

 

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

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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:

  • Investment Manager, Manthan Capital
  • Project Engineer, Cryogenic Ltd
  • Researcher, Institute of Scientific Instruments
  • Risk Analyst, City Index
  • Maths Part III, Cambridge
  • Software Engineer IBM
  • Physics Teacher, London

 

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