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Physics & Music

FW33

4 years

Full-time

BSc

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A, either Associated Board Grade VII on a recognised instrument with Associated Board Grade V theory, or Higher Music at Grade A and Higher Physics. Sixth year work in Mathematics is strongly recommended.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A, Physics, and either Associated Board Grade VII on a recognised instrument with Associated Board Grade V theory, or A Level Music at Grade B.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 655 HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6, Physics and Music.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

More information

Entry requirements

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 37 points with 655 at HL.

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, to include Mathematics at Grade A, either Associated Board Grade VII on a recognised instrument with Associated Board Grade V theory, or Higher Music at Grade A and Higher Physics. Sixth year work in Mathematics is strongly recommended.
  • A Levels: ABB in one sitting, to include Mathematics at Grade A, Physics, and either Associated Board Grade VII on a recognised instrument with Associated Board Grade V theory, or A Level Music at Grade B.
  • IB: 32 points overall and award of IB Diploma with 655 HL to include Mathematics at Grade 6, Physics and Music.

Alternative qualifications

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced & Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C
  • IB Standard Level Grade 4
Other entry pathways

Entry to many degrees in Science & Engineering is possible via other qualifications (eg HNC/D, Access, SWAP).

More information

Overview

This programme is for students with a good scientific background and a strong interest in music. You will study a combination of subjects, including musical acoustics, sound synthesis and perception of sound. You will also choose courses from other academic areas.

Accreditation

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

What you will study

Year 1

You will study compulsory courses in Physics, Mathematics and Music.

Physics 1A presents the pillars of physics upon which subsequent material is based and will develop your problem solving and study skills. It is innovative in its use of technology and offers an interactive learning experience.

Physics 1B introduces you to a wide range of physics topics, including waves, introductory quantum mechanics, nuclear and particle physics and how these impact our understanding of the universe. It also includes an introduction to university laboratory work. You will study two compulsory mathematics courses.

You will study Musical Acoustics as well as a further music course, either Music and Technologies or Introduction to Compositional Techniques.

Year 2

You will study modern physics and physics of fields and matter. Supporting mathematics courses will cover algebra, calculus, dynamics and vector calculus and you will be introduced to practical physics, including programming, data analysis and experimental techniques.

Students also undertake two music courses from a selection available.

Year 3

You will study thermodynamics, Fourier analysis, electromagnetism, optics and quantum mechanics, and have the opportunity to select further courses in music from a range of options.

Year 4

In this year there are three final compulsory courses covering relativity, nuclear and particle physics, condensed matter physics and musical applications. Students undertake a number of projects, either based in physics or music, and have the opportunity to take one or two advanced courses.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials and practicals, which fully exploit the latest teaching technology and help to develop your problem-solving skills.

From third year you will also complete group projects and undertake research projects under the supervision of one of the School’s academic or research staff members.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by a combination of continuous assessment and examinations. Practical and computing courses have laboratory write-ups and checkpoint assessment.

Other courses are assessed by presentations, assessing each other’s work and writing critical reviews of scientific literature.

Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus programme or the University's international exchange programme.

Programme structure

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Details

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