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Physics with Particle Physics

Entry Year: 2020

5 study options

Physics with Particle Physics BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
3 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F392
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BCC with at least a C in Mathematics and a C in Physics.
IB: HL 26 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics and a HL 4 in Physics.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£22,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Physics with Foundation BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
FFX0
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: CCD with at least a C in Mathematics and a C in Physics.
IB: HL 26 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics and a HL 4 in Physics.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£18,750
Funding information
Paying your fees

Physics with Particle Physics with Year Abroad BSc (Hons)

Key information

Degree
BSc (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F39Y
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BCC with at least a C in Mathematics and a C in Physics.
IB: HL 26 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics and a HL 4 in Physics.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£22,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Physics with Particle Physics MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
4 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F393
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC with at least a C in Mathematics and a C in Physics.
IB: HL 26 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics and a HL 4 in Physics.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£22,500
Funding information
Paying your fees

Physics with Particle Physics with Year Abroad MSci (Hons)

Key information

Degree
MSci (Hons)
Duration
5 years
Start
September 2020
UCAS code
F39A
Institution code
Q50
Clearing entry requirements *
A-levels: BBC with at least a C in Mathematics and a C in Physics.
IB: HL 26 with at least a HL 4 in Mathematics and a HL 4 in Physics.
* Clearing entry requirements are indicative only and subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.
UK/EU fees
£9,250
International fees
£22,500
Funding information
Paying your fees
Physics with Particle Physics
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Overview

Gain an excellent all-round education in physics while specialising in the fundamental particles and forces that make up our universe.

In the first year you’ll build a solid foundation in theoretical and experimental physics, with a focus on particle physics over the second and third years. You’ll grow your understanding of the fundamentals of the subatomic world, learning to apply quantum mechanics to describe the behaviour of particles. Contemporary topics include the search for the Higgs boson and new physics beyond the standard model.

Teaching on the programme benefits from the School’s involvement with some of the world’s largest particle physics experiments, including the Large Hadron Collider at CERN and the T2K neutrino facility in Japan.

You can also take optional modules reflecting the School’s full range of expertise across physics and astronomy – mix and match to suit your aims and interests.

You’ll develop practical skills in statistical data analysis, detector technology and programming that can be applied in commerce, industry or research.

In your final year, you’ll further develop your interests within particle physics through your independent research project, supervised by one of the School’s particle physicists.

Professional recognition

This programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics

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Structure

You can complete your Physics with Particle Physics degree in three or four years.

Year 0

Foundation

One Year-long double module allocated based on previous maths qualifications:

  • Mathematics A  or
  • Mathematics B

Semester 1

Compulsory

  • Physics - Mechanics and Materials
  • Essential Foundation Mathematics
  • Communication in Science and Technology

Semester 2

Compulsory

  • Physics - Fields and Waves
  • Physics - Electricity and Atomic Physics
  • Discrete Mathematics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 1

Compulsory

  • Classical Physics
  • Electric and Magnetic Fields
  • Mathematical Techniques 1
  • Mathematical Techniques 2
  • Modern Physics
  • Professional Skills for Scientists (including introduction to programming)
  • Scientific Measurement

Choose one from

  • Energy and Environment Physics
  • Our Universe

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 2

Compulsory

  • Condensed Matter A
  • Electromagnetic Waves and Optics
  • Mathematical Techniques 3 (MSci only)
  • Physics Laboratory
  • Quantum Mechanics A
  • Thermodynamics

Choose one (MSci) or two (BSc) from

  • Introduction to Energy and Environmental Physics
  • Introduction to Scientific Computing
  • Mathematical Techniques 3 (BSc only)
  • Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics
  • Our Universe
  • Physical Dynamics
  • Planetary Systems (BSc only)
  • Stars

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 3

Compulsory

  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Extended Independent Project (BSc only)
  • Physics Review Project (MSci only)
  • Quantum Mechanics B (MSci only)
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Statistical Data Analysis
  • Statistical Physics

Choose two from

  • Computational Condensed Matter Physics
  • Condensed Matter B
  • Group Projects for Physicists
  • Mathematical Techniques 4 (MSci Only)
  • Physical Cosmology
  • Quantum Mechanics and Symmetry
  • Quantum Mechanics B (BSc Only)
  • Spacetime and Gravity (MSci only)
  • The Physics of Galaxies (MSci only)

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Year 4

MSci only

Choose from

  • Physics Investigative Project
  • Physics Research Project

Choose five from

Modules offered at Queen Mary

  • Advanced Cosmology
  • Advanced Quantum Field Theory
  • Astrophysical Plasmas
  • Collider Physics
  • Cosmology
  • Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics
  • Electromagnetic Radiation in Astrophysics
  • Extrasolar Planets and Astrophysical Disks
  • Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory
  • Phase Transitions
  • Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields
  • Relativity and Gravitation
  • Solar System
  • Stellar Structure and Evolution
  • Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics
  • The Galaxy

Modules currently offered at other University of London institutions are subject to change at short notice.

Modules offered at King's College London

  • Advanced Condensed Matter 
  • Advanced Photonics 
  • Cellular Biophysics 
  • Dark Matter and Dark Energy 
  • Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems 
  • Elements of Statistical Learning 
  • Environmental Remote Sensing 
  • Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems 
  • Lie Groups and Algebras 
  • Mathematical Biology 
  • Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics 
  • Modelling Quantum Many Body-Systems 
  • Standard Model Physics and Beyond 
  • String Theory and Branes 
  • Supersymmetry 
  • Theoretical Treatment of Nano-Systems 
  • Theory of Complex Networks 

Modules offered at Royal Holloway

  • Computer Simulation in Condensed Matter 
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 
  • Particle Accelerator Physics 
  • Physics at the Nanoscale 
  • Quantum Electronics and Nanostructure 
  • Statistical Data Analysis 
  • Statistical Mechanics 
  • Superfluids, Condensates and Superconductors 

Modules offered at University College London

  • Advanced Physics Cosmology 
  • Advanced Quantum Theory 
  • Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanics 
  • Atom and Photon Physics 
  • Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution 
  • Molecular Biophysics 
  • Molecular Physics 
  • Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter 
  • Particle Physics
  • Planetary Atmospheres 
  • Quantum Computation and Communication 
  • Solar Physics 
  • Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

Study options

Apply for this degree with any of the following options. Take care to use the correct UCAS code - it may not be possible to change your selection later.

Integrated foundation year

Students who do not have the required high school qualifications for admission to this degree, and students who do not meet their UCAS Conditional offer may be considered for the 4 year degree (foundation year plus the 3 year degree). 

International students with Year 12 or a completed international high school certificate qualify for the one year foundation programme commonly known as the ISEFP.

The foundation programme offers a range of transferable skills and an opportunity to improve on your knowledge content in relevant Maths and Science subjects.

You will enrol on a Physics BSc with Foundation which will offer progression to a range of degrees in the School of Physics and Astronomy including BSc Physics with Particle Physics.   At the end of the foundation programme, students will be required to meet the progression requirements for admission to BSc Physics with Particle Physics.

MSci

Specialise further by applying for our intercollegiate Physics with Particle Physics MSci, which shares fourth-year modules with other prestigious University of London institutions, including King’s College, University College London and Royal Holloway.

Additional Costs

If you choose to take intercollegiate 4th year modules at other London institutions, you’ll need to pay Tube and rail fares to attend classes.

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Studying physics gives you so many valuable skills. I recently got on to one of the placements organised by the School and my analysis and problem-solving skills came in really useful. I was working in a data science company, which was really interesting. The placement went so well I even got offered a job for when I graduate!

Teaching

Teaching and learning

You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions and tutorial classes. Your total  teaching time will be around 20 hours per week, but you are expected to spend time on independent study and coursework or lab reports. Overall, you should be spending 30-40 hours on your studies each week.

Assessment

Assessment depends on the nature of the work being carried out. For example, if the module involves practical work only, the assessment will be based on laboratory reports. For non-practical modules you may be assessed by weekly coursework, termly assignments and an end-of-year examination.

Resources and facilities

The School offers excellent on-campus resources to aid your studies, including:

  • teaching laboratories
  • a rooftop observatory
  • a dedicated study space for physics students
  • professional research facilities for use in final-year projects.

Funding

Loans and grants

UK students accepted onto this course are eligible to apply for tuition fee and maintenance loans from Student Finance England or other government bodies.

Scholarships and bursaries

Queen Mary offers a generous package of scholarships and bursaries, which currently benefits around 50 per cent of our undergraduates.

Scholarships are available for home, EU and international students. Specific funding is also available for students from the local area. International students may be eligible for a fee reduction. We offer means-tested funding, as well as subject-specific funding for many degrees.

Find out what scholarships and bursaries are available to you.

Support from Queen Mary

We offer specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Take a look at our Student Advice Guides which cover ways to finance your degree, including:

  • additional sources of funding
  • planning your budget and cutting costs
  • part-time and vacation work
  • money for lone parents.

Careers

Many graduates continue their studies with a PhD or MSc, often as a precursor to a career in research. The flexibility of the programme prepares you for careers even in specialist areas of physics – just pick modules in line with your preferred specialism.

Skills developed through studying physics – such as numeracy, data analysis, coding and problem solving – are also highly transferable into other sectors, including energy, business, marketing, engineering, technology, IT and finance.

Recent graduates of the school of Physics and Astronomy have been hired by:

  • UK Space Agency
  • JP Morgan Chase & Co. (financial services)
  • European Astronaut Centre
  • Airbus (aeronautical)
  • KPMG (financial services)
  • CGI (IT consultancy)
  • Toad A.I.
  • Goldman Sachs (investment banking)
  • IBM (technology)
  • Bank of England (banking)
  • Baclays Corporate (banking)
  • UK Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Fidessa (financial services)
  • Jacobs (engineering and construction)
  • Kubick (data consultancy)
  • MediaCom (marketing)
  • Yobota (banking software)

Career support

You’ll have opportunities to build valuable work experience and transferable skills through our specialist careers and employability support.

The School organises specialist industrial placements for physics and astronomy students. Typically around 20 School of Physics and Astronomy students take advantage of the exclusive work placements. These placements are coordinated by the School’s own SEPnet placement coordinator, who also provides support to students in applying.

Participating companies include small-medium enterprises operating in industries such as technology, energy and defence. Larger companies operating in industries such as aerospace, engineering and research also offer internships as part of the scheme.

We run dedicated weekly advice sessions and events such as software bootcamps and careers focus sessions.

The Queen Mary careers team can also offer:

  • specialist advice on choosing a career path
  • support with finding work experience, internships and graduate jobs
  • feedback on CVs, cover letters and application forms
  • interview coaching.

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Physics with Particle Physics - BSc (Hons)

Physics with Particle Physics with Year Abroad - BSc (Hons)

Physics with Particle Physics - MSci (Hons)

Physics with Particle Physics with Year Abroad - MSci (Hons)

About the School

The School of Physics and Astronomy combines the academic rigour of a Russell Group institution with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We are highly rated in the National Student Survey (NSS), coming top in London for overall student satisfaction for the past four years.

We run a busy schedule of research seminars, and a successful peer mentoring scheme. The PsiStar physics society is extremely active and has around 200 members.

You’ll be taught by academics who work on high-profile international collaborations, including experiments at CERN and the recently completed NASA and European Space Agency Cassini mission to Saturn.

We’re proud to have played a role in some of the most exciting discoveries of the past 100 years, including Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus, discovery of the W, Z and Higgs bosons and the first ‘superstring revolution’.  Most recently, Queen Mary astronomer Dr Guillem Anglada-Escudé led a team of scientists to discover the closest exoplanet to Earth, Proxima b.

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