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Physics (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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Further your knowledge of physics and develop strong mathematical, analytical, problem-solving and computational skills on this degree course. After graduation, you'll also be in high demand in sectors such as financial services, aerospace development and publishing.

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Do you like the idea of applying new technologies to solve complex problems? Are you interested in the how and why of creation?

Physics is the most fundamental of sciences. Quantum Theory and Relativity Theory challenge our imaginations as they reveal the amazing counterintuitive world that lies behind appearances. Advances in physics continue to lead to new technologies that change our world and forge a path to a brighter future.

You’ll graduate with strong mathematical, analytical, problem-solving and computational abilities that are in high demand in sectors like financial services, aerospace development and publishing. You can also go on to postgraduate study or further research.

Recognised by:

Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Study topics including the fabrication of new bulk and nano-materials, and the application of fundamental quantum effects in the development of quantum information processes
  • Have the chance to do an industry-based major research project under supervision of a leading physicist
  • Make the most of our links to industry through the Portsmouth Physics Industry Advisory Board
  • Access our newly built laboratory facilities, the home of new advanced testing equipment
  • Get support from highly skilled academic, research and technical staff
  • Get to grips with exciting technologies including Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM)
  • Use LabVIEW software – the same software CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) use to run the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator
  • Study at a university where physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the latest Government-backed REF (Research Excellence Framework)
  • Contribute to the work of our research groups by taking part in a major final-year project

Careers and opportunities

After the course you could continue your studies by doing a PhD or other postgraduate qualification, join a graduate training scheme or go straight into employment.

What can you do with a Physics degree?

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to roles in areas such as:

  • defence communications
  • medical physics
  • electronics
  • energy
  • aerospace
  • scientific journalism
  • teaching
  • finance

Whichever path you choose post-graduation, our careers and employability team will provide help and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.


This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

Programme Structure

Year 1

Core modules:

Electricity and Magnetism

Introduction to Computational Physics

Introduction to Laboratory and Field Physics

Introduction to Mathematical Physics 1

Introduction to Mathematical Physics 2

Space Science and Applications of Physics

Year 2

Core modules:

Introduction to Modern Physics and Astrophysics

Mathematical Physics

Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

Optional modules:

Computational Physics

Institution-wide Language Programme

Universe: Planetary systems, stars and galaxies

Optional placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience in the industry.

Year 3

Core modules:

Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Information

Solid State Physics and Detectors

Optional modules:

Group Project

Health Physics

Introduction to General Relativity and Cosmology

Introduction to Multiferroic Materials and their Application

Mathematical Methods for Physics

Modern Astrophysics 1

Nanoscale Surface Physics

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 112-128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, with 32 points from A level Mathematics, Physics, or Electronics.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5

Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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