Physics with Innovation, B.Sc.

Physics with Innovation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #44 (QS) ,
The innovators of the 21st Century will bring together arts, science, engineering, humanities and enterprise to deliver innovative products, services and ways of living. They will be team-players with a breadth enabling them to work across specialisms and cultures.


This course combines in-depth subject specialism in physics with interdisciplinary breadth, creative teamwork and entrepreneurial skills. You will study physics to gain a solid discipline strength. Alongside these studies you will acquire the expertise to enable you to innovate and translate your ideas into plans for digital and creative enterprises, both social and commercial.

The course will equip you to use the critical, theoretical and practical skills central to physics, allowing you to develop knowledge and skills across a range of areas as you proceed through the course. You will learn about the fundamental building blocks and forces of nature, and how quantum physics and relativity enable us to understand the world around us - from the infinitesimal scale of particle and nuclear physics, through to the microscopic level of atoms and molecules.

You will come together with students from other innovation disciplines such as history and psychology to learn and apply design and systems thinking to digital and creative ideas and put this into practice working in transdisciplinary teams, ultimately creating new ventures together.

Why study Innovation at Bristol?

In the innovation courses, you will find out how to work with others who will bring their own specialisms, backgrounds and ways of thinking alongside yours. You will learn how to set about designing products and services, and you will work with external clients on projects they value. You will learn how to develop your own ideas, how to evaluate innovative solutions, how to put together the plans to pursue them and how to present them to others and gain support.

By the time you graduate, you will have been involved in planning a venture. You will have learnt how to evaluate the potential of the venture and how to finance it. You will be supported in this by groups in the University and external partners who are at the forefront of innovation in areas including digital media, environment, sustainability, healthcare and education. All the way through your course you will be able to draw on a network of advisors who are involved in starting up or investing in new ventures. And if you are ready to start your own venture by the time you graduate, they will be ready to support you.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

First year
  • Core Physics
  • Mechanics and matter
  • Oscillations, waves and fields
  • Physics laboratory
  • Mathematics
  • Design and systems thinking for innovation
  • Transdisciplinary group project I: Being human
Second year
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Mathematical physics
  • Classical physics:
    • Thermal physics, oscillations and mechanics
    • Electromagnetism and waves
    • Practical physics
  • Past, present and futures
  • Transdisciplinary group project II: Solving someone else's problem
Third year
  • Core physics
  • Practical physics
  • Computational physics
  • Physics and astrophysics options might include:
    • Condensed matter
    • Nanophysics
    • Biophysics
    • Galaxies
    • High energy astrophysics
    • Stellar structure and evolution
    • Methods of theoretical physics
    • Modern optics
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Enterprise case
  • Transdisciplinary group project III: Doing something completely new
Fourth year
  • Four physics and astrophysics units which might include:
    • Magnetism and superconductivity
    • Particle physics
    • Advanced quantum physics
    • General relativity and cosmology
    • Condensed matter
    • Nanophysics
    • Phase transitions
    • The physics of radiation
    • Gas and plasma in the universe
  • In the wild
  • New venture creation
  • Transdisciplinary group project IV: Building a demonstrator


We are looking for bright, creative people from a wide range of backgrounds. We will provide an innovative curriculum and an environment that values rigour, creativity, risk-taking, communications and teamwork.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAA including Mathematics and Physics
  • A-levels (including international A-levels): AAB including A in Mathematics and B in Physics
  • IB Diploma: 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 in Mathematics and Physics at Higher Level
  • IB Diploma: 34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics and 5 in Higher Level Physics
  • Cambridge Pre-U: Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
  • Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction including Mathematics and Physics, and 15 credits at Merit, with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include significant mathematical content, with at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
  • BTEC: DDD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
  • SQA: SH: AAAAB and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
  • Welsh Bacc: Requirements are as for A-levels where the lowest grade required in a non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core
  • EB: 85% overall with 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics
  • Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: grade C or above in English Language.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18300 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Bristol

  • 750 - 1260 GBP/month
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