Start date: October 2021
BSc (Hons) UCAS: F300 3 years
BSc (Hons) UCAS: F304 4 years with foundation year
BSc (Hons) UCAS: F301 4 years with professional training
BSc (Hons) UCAS: F305 5 years with foundation year and professional training
Why choose this course
Home to superb research facilities and partnered with the National Physical Laboratory, Surrey offers distinctive physics courses that are among the best in the UK and reflect the diversity and exciting nature of the subject.
Our BSc Physics course offers you a flexible choice of modules across many different topics, covering both theoretical and applied areas of physics. Our teaching builds on the broad range of expertise among the academics in Surrey’s Department of Physics.
A unique aspect of the course is our placement programme:
As part of our BSc course, 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
On our BSc Physics course, you’ll study both core topics (for example, particle, nuclear and atomic physics) and optional modules. During your first year, you can switch between any of our specialist physics courses.
The option to take an integrated research year or Professional Training placement will also give you invaluable hands-on experience to enhance your employability.
"Physics at Surrey has helped me gain a greater understanding of the subject, and the Professional Training year has increased my employability and helped me test the waters so I know what career to pursue in the future.” Abigail Stone, student
Surrey’s Department of Physics boasts extensive facilities including our teaching and outreach telescope, recently-refurbished computer lab and undergraduate teaching laboratories.
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 of Surrey is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.
BSc (Hons) - Institute of Physics (IOP) - Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
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 are highly sought after in the industry, research, education, management, medicine, law and business because of their broad practical and numeracy skills, coupled with advanced scientific knowledge.
With optional modules such as Nuclear Astrophysics, Soft Matter and Biological Physics and Cosmology and Galaxy Formation, our courses will provide you with the analytical, experimental and computational skills valued in a wide variety of careers.
As a Surrey physics student, you’ll learn a range of employability skills during your studies. You will take a dedicated Year 1 module – Scientific Investigation Skills – which covers key communication skills, group work and presentations, and problem-solving in the laboratory. We will support you with building your CV, interview preparation and job applications.
Students who take either the Professional Training Year or Research Year placements also gain invaluable employment experience at their host institution.
After graduating, you may decide to become a professional scientist, but physics opens many other doors too. Your skills will be valued by a wide range of employers in areas such as journalism, law, IT, education and finance. Recent graduates are now employed in roles such as:
Senior Development Engineer, Fourth State Medicine Ltd
Research Scientist RF and Microwave Metrologist, National Physical Laboratory
System Analyst, Raytheon Systems Ltd
Automation Tester, CGI
Graduate Physicist, DSTL
Graduate Engineer, Aktins
Trainee Clinical Scientist, NHS
Many of our graduates also 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 astrophysics, materials science, nuclear physics and semiconductors and photonics, amongst others.
BSc (Hons): BBB.
Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
BSc (Hons) with foundation year: CCD including mathematics C and either physics or chemistry or equivalent.
Mathematics and Physics.
Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.
GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) 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.
BSc Physics students have the option of taking a Professional Training Year placement which can add real value to your learning experience.
Over the years, we’ve placed our students with many companies and laboratories, including:
Airbus Defence and Space
IBM UK Ltd
Tesla Engineering Ltd
National Physical Laboratory
Your personal tutor and the Professional Training Year tutor will discuss your interests and abilities with you in the second year and support you in applying to our extensive database of potential employers. Every October, we also hold a Professional Training Year conference which allows students to hear first-hand experiences from the previous year’s placement students.
"While on placement I’ve become more confident in myself from dealing with a lot of different people, both internally and externally.” Stefan Bell, student
"I chose Physics because I wanted to gain a fundamental understanding of our world. Studying at Surrey also enabled me to take part in the Professional Training year, which I spent at Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS).” Mahfuj Ali, student
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.