BSc Applied Physics

Aston University
A Birmingham (Inghilterra)

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Tipologia Bachelor's degree
Luogo Birmingham (Inghilterra)
Inizio Settembre 2018
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Birmingham (Inghilterra)
  • Inizio:
    Settembre 2018

Our Applied Physicists have experience of a highly numerate subject that requires a significant amount of problem solving. They are prepared for careers in research, and are in demand by both the industrial and service sectors.

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Requisiti: Entry requirements ABB – BBC (or equivalent) including A-Levels Maths and Physics


Dove e quando

Inizio Luogo
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, Inghilterra
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Inizio Set-2018
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, Inghilterra
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Cosa impari in questo corso?

Applied Physics
Team Training
IT Management
GCSE Physics
Skills and Training
Skills and Training


4 years (inc placement year)

This BSc course is available on a 4-year industrial or research placement basis. We are currently developing a 4-year fast-track MPhys course including a 12-month integrated industrial or research placement. You will be able to delay the choice between MPhys and BSc course until the end of Year 2

UCAS Code: F300

Typical offer level
A Level:
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points

Entry requirements

A Level: Maths Grade B and Physics Grade B
Essential - IB: Higher Level Maths and Physics
Essential - General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted
GCSE: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
A combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted. More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.   

Tuition fees:

UK/EU: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year)     (2017/18)  
International students: £17,200  (2017/18)
Placement Year :  £2,500 for International Students

For UK / EU students, there are scholarships for students with AAB or above at A Level (or equivalent), household income-based scholarships and placement scholarships. 

For international students, the School of Engineering offers a £3000 scholarship to students who can demonstrate a high level of achievement in their academic studies (eg grades AAA or CGPA 3.6+)                                               

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline

Physics is a core discipline at the heart of our attempts to address many of the challenges facing modern society, from the need for sustainable power generation to our thirst for ever-higher data rates on the internet. Our Applied Physics degree programme explores the boundary where fundamental physics meets applied science and engineering. The main goal of the degree programme is to provide graduates with a rigorous grounding in core physics coupled with an appreciation of its application in engineering disciplines. This degree programme prepares students for an industrial, research and higher education career, or further advanced degrees in applied physics, physics or engineering disciplines.


Year 1

The BSc programme shares a common first two years with an MPhys programme that is being developed. The first year lays the foundations of the discipline, and comprises the following modules:

  • Thermodynamics (AP1THP)
  • Experimental Physics (AP1EPL)
  • Modern Physics (AP1MPH)
  • Mechanics (AP1MEC)
  • Introduction to Computing Concepts (EE1ICC)
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Transition Mathematics for Engineers (SE11EM)
  • Mathematics for First Year Engineers (SE12EM)
  • Theory of Electricity (EE1TEL)
  • Introduction to Optics and Waves (EE1IOW)

Year 2

In the second year students develop a deeper understanding of more complex physical phenomena and further improve their mathematical and experimental skills:

  • Mathematical Methods I (AP2MM1) 
  • Mathematical Methods II (AP2MM2)
  • Electromagnetism (AP2EMG)
  • Physics Group Project (AP2GRP) 
  • Quantum Mechanics (AP2QUM)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (AP2CMP)
  • Physics Laboratory (AP2PHL)
  • Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
  • Communication Systems (EE2CSY) 
  • Instrumentation (EE2INS)
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (EE2ESE)

Placement year

The placement provides the opportunity either to work in paid employment as a scientist in industry, or to study or undertake project work at a university abroad. The industrial placement will give you experience working in the professional world and an opportunity to develop time management, communication and team work skills, which is tremendously helpful when later looking for graduate employment.

The School has contacts with a wide variety of employers and most students arrange their employment with one of these. Studying or working in a research environment abroad will introduce you to a new academic and cultural environment and complement your studies by offering subjects that may not be covered at Aston and developing language and other skills. Our dedicated Placements Team will support and guide you through the recruitment process, developing your skills for applications, interviews and organising employer-led workshops. During the placement you will also have regular contact with the Placements Team, a Placements Tutor and a local supervisor, as well as a visit from a member of staff, in most cases. We plan to include a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) year in the programme, as an option for you to take instead of the placement year.  

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)

Final Year

In the final year, the core modules cover Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Optoelectronics, and Project Management. You then select from a broad range of options or specialise on one particular area such as communications, nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology or power engineering. The course is designed so that most examined work is completed by January of the final year allowing you to spend the final semester concentrating on a substantial Individual experimental or theoretical Project, which will often be aligned with the research activity within the School.

Core Modules:

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics (AP3ANP)
  • Individual Final Year Project (AP3IFP)
  • Project Management (EE3PMT)
  • Optoelectronics (EE3OEL)

Optional Modules

  • Biophotonics (AP3BIP)
  • Nanomaterials and Applications (AP3NAN)
  • Digital Transmission (EE3DTR)
  • Network Product Development (EE3NPD)
  • Optical Communications Systems (EE3OCS)
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE3RSY)
  • Digital Signal Processing (EE3SPR)
  • Power Electronics 6 (EE3PEL)
  • Power Systems 6 (EE3PSY)
  • Innovation Management (ME2033)
  • Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
  • Renewable Energy (ME4504)