Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: GF1H 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: GFH1 4 years with professional training
Why choose this course
If you have a passion for deeply understanding the Universe and a love of mathematics, our Mathematics and Physics courses could be perfect for you.
Taught jointly by the two departments, our BSc course will give you a deeper understanding of mathematics and explore how it’s applied to solve physics problems. Whether you think of it as applied mathematics or theoretical physics, this joint course gives you the best of both worlds.
They will provide a solid foundation for understanding the key theories of modern physics, such as special and general relativity, quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.
A unique aspect of all three courses is our placement programme. You can take up a paid year-long placement in an industry research laboratory or company, gaining valuable industry-relevant experience as part of your degree.
What you will study
Surrey’s mathematics and physics courses explore core topics across both subjects including calculus, quantum physics, linear algebra and particle physics.
You’ll also get to choose from a range of fascinating optional modules – such as fluid dynamics, nuclear astrophysics, Galois theory and general relativity – and take an extended project, enabling you to tailor the course to suit your own interests.
The final research project will be carried out under the supervision of an academic who is a leading researcher in the field. The outcomes of the project may lead to a publication in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
You can apply to study for either a BSc or an MMath (Master of Mathematics) or MPhys (Master of Physics), which are direct routes to a masters qualification.
If you study toward one of the integrated masters, you’ll spend part of your last year doing a research project in either physics (MPhys) or mathematics (MMath).
"My biggest achievement on placement was being recommended by my manager for the 2017 Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Leadership Risk Programme.” Keryn Landey, student
Surrey’s Department of Physics boasts extensive facilities including our state-of-the-art undergraduate computational laboratories and student common room.
The Department has also recently benefitted from a £3.5 million refurbishment of its research laboratories, which our undergraduate students use as they carry out their final-year research projects.
The University is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) - This programme will meet the educational requirements of the Chartered Mathematician designation, awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications when it is followed by subsequent training and experience in employment to obtain equivalent competences to those specified by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for taught masters degrees.
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Physics (IOP) - Recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of eligibility for Associate Membership.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Physicists and mathematicians are highly sought after in the industry, research, education, management, medicine, law and business because of their wide-ranging analytic and practical skills, their knowledge of fundamental theory, and their ability to solve complex problems.
Our courses will provide you with the analytical, experimental and computational skills valued in a wide range of careers. You will learn a range of employability skills during your studies, including interview techniques, CV preparation and job applications. If you opt to take a Professional Training Year placement you’ll also gain invaluable employment experience.
Our graduates go on to become research physicists, consultants, engineers, teachers and bankers, among other roles.
Recent graduates are now employed in a range of organisations, including:
Shell International Petroleum
GEC Marconi Research
National Physical Laboratory
Defence Research Agency
Surrey Medical Imaging Systems
Many graduates go on to take masters courses in a range of subjects such as geophysics, nanotechnology, meteorology, quantum field theory, education management and science communication. Others, particularly those with an MPhys degree, choose to pursue PhDs in nuclear science, astrophysics, semiconductors or photonics.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the University of Surrey, as I felt that it allowed me to gain my independence while developing the skills necessary for working life such as time management, working to deadlines, and communicating well with others.” Kim Holding, graduate
BSc (Hons): ABC. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
Required subjects: Mathematics at Grade A and Physics at grade B.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2021
You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.
A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.
Mathematics and Physics placements
The optional Professional Training Year placement takes place between Years 2 and 3 for students on our Math and Physics degree courses (BSc and MMath/MPhys).
Physicists and mathematicians are in demand in many areas of business and industry, and the work students carry out on placement reflects this breadth. This varies from operational research or computer programming in insurance or banking to analysing clinical trials or solving heat transfer and aerodynamic problems encountered in the atomic energy and aerospace fields.
We have excellent links with an extensive portfolio of companies and organisations. Recent employers include:
Deloitte & Touche
Royal Sun Alliance
Department of Transport
Culham Science Centre for Nuclear Fusion
HM Customs and Excise
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.
Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.
Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, but you will also develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
After their second year, BSc students have the option of taking an exchange year abroad at one of our partner universities. These include:
La Trobe University
Swinburne University of Technology
University of Sydney
University of Wollongong
Rheinisch Westfalische Technische Aachen
Technische Universitat Clausthal
Republic of-Seoul National University
Universiti Malaya (UM)
Victoria University of Wellington
Nanyang Technological University
California State University
North Carolina State University
Texas Tech University
University of Central Florida
University of Cincinnati
University of Maryland
University of North Texas
You may also choose to spend your Professional Training year working in another country.