# BSc Mathematical Physics

UCAS code: F326

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Physics and Astronomy

College: Science and Engineering

## Introducing BSc Mathematical Physics

This programme is for students interested in understanding the fundamental principles of physics, as expressed through the language of mathematics.

It encompasses the work of Newton, Maxwell and Einstein through to Feynman, Hawking and Higgs and will equip you for any career that requires analytical thinking to solve the challenging problems facing the modern world.

### Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

### Year 1

You will study four compulsory courses:

- Physics 1A
- Introduction to Linear Algebra
- Calculus and its Applications
- Mathematics for Physics 2

You will also have the opportunity to take a further course in pure mathematics or physics.

### Year 2

You will study modern physics, dynamics, fields and waves, and physics of matter.

Mathematics courses will cover several variable calculus and the foundations of pure mathematics.

You will be introduced to practical physics, including programming, data analysis and (optionally) experimental techniques.

You will also have the freedom to choose a further specialist maths course or a course from other academic areas.

### Year 3

You will study core courses in quantum mechanics, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism and relativity, and lagrangian dynamics.

You will also undertake further specialist mathematics and physics courses from a range available.

### Year 4

In this year there are a number of compulsory courses covering quantum theory, symmetries of quantum mechanics, classical electrodynamics, Hamiltonian dynamics and statistical physics.

Students also take a number of other courses from a range available.

### Our facilities

In Year 1, teaching is based in the Central Area and thereafter at the University's King's Buildings campus. During your first two years you will use the undergraduate laboratories and the University's libraries and computer facilities. From Year 2 you will also have access to the Computational Physics Laboratory.

### Study abroad

You will have the opportunity to study abroad through international exchange programmes.

### How will I learn?

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.

### Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

A wide range of employers recognise that physics graduates have advanced problem-solving skills and the ability to think logically and critically about complex situations. The fact that they also have a high level of mathematical ability, IT proficiency and communication skills provides graduates with opportunities in a diverse range of careers.

Our recent graduates have gone on into employment with a wide variety of organisations, including Google, the European Space Agency, the BBC and IBM. Physicists are sought after by many sectors, including engineering, manufacturing, energy, finance, medicine and the space industries.

A number of our graduates undertake further study, including undertaking PhD research, completing a masters in a science or engineering subject, or undertaking a postgraduate diploma in education.

### Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

- SQA Highers: AAAA - AAAB (achievement by end of S5 preferred). BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: AAA - ABB.
- IB: 37 points with 666 at HL - 32 points with 655 at HL.

### Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

- SQA Highers: AABB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 32 points with 655 at HL.

More information for widening access applicants

### Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

- SQA: Highers: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. Advanced Higher Mathematics is recommended. National 5s: English at C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at A and Physics at B. Further Mathematics is recommended. GCSEs: English at C or 4.
- IB: HL: Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 6 and Physics at 5. SL: English at 5.

Find out more about entry requirements

### International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

### Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

### Academic Technology Approval Scheme

If you are not an EU, EEA or Swiss national, you may need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme clearance certificate in order to study this programme.

For direct entry to second year the standard requirements must be exceeded, including the following:

- SQA Advanced Highers: AAA to include Mathematics and Physics.
- A Levels: A*AA in one set of exams to include Mathematics at A*, Further Mathematics, and Physics.
- IB: 38 points with 766 at HL to include Mathematics (from 2021, Mathematics: Analysis and approaches only) at 7 and Physics at 6.

##### Other entry pathways

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

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

### SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB 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 at C
- SQA Standard Grade at 3
- SQA Intermediate 1 at A
- SQA Intermediate 2 at C
- GCSE at C or 4
- Level 2 Certificate at C
- IB Standard Level at 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

### English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified*:

- IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
- TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition) 92 or above with 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
- Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
- Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.

English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the degree you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

*(Revised 27 April 2020 to include TOEFL-iBT Special Home Edition.)

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

Please note that some programmes do not have Discover Uni data available.

### Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BSc Mathematical Physics

### Additional costs

You should expect to purchase the necessary textbooks for some compulsory and option components of your programme.

### Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Irene Mariani

- Email: undergraduate@ph.ed.ac.uk
- Phone: +44 (0)131 650 5254
- Web: Physics & Astronomy website
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