MSci Physics with International Experience (F307)

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UCAS code F307
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 4 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees
  • Home students: £9,500 per year, subject to government approval
  • EU students: £9,500 per year, subject to government approval
  • International students: £20,300 per year
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,000 per year, subject to government approval
Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus, Placements
Part-time study
Number of applicants accepted for 2016/17 197 overall for Single Honours Physics courses

About MSci Physics with International Experience

Physics is an inherently international activity, carried out by scientists based in institutions throughout the world, sometimes competing and often collaborating. This degree will give you an early introduction to this key aspect of physics. It offers you the chance to combine in-depth training as a physicist with the experience of living and working as a researcher overseas.

The course gives you the opportunity to develop a physicist's broad range of skills, including problem-solving, numeracy and communication, and to supplement these with the experimental, theoretical and analytical skills needed for a career in research and industry.

During your third year overseas, the programme you follow will be agreed with a tutor at Bristol and the working language will be English. You will be based at a partner university abroad, spending most of your time taking advantage of opportunities available locally. This will usually mean carrying out a full-time research project, as part of a research team at the host university. You will continue to study core physics via distance learning in readiness for returning to Bristol for your final year.

Our physics graduates have an excellent record of employment, a testament to the value that employers place on the transferable skills that you gain on this course.

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Find out more about studying Physics at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

Course structure

First year

  • Core physics: mechanics and matter, oscillations, waves and fields
  • Mathematics
  • Optional units, which may include a language or mathematics.

Second year

  • Quantum mechanics, thermal physics, mechanics and waves, electromagnetism, mathematical physics, and nuclear and particle physics
  • Practical laboratory, computer workshop.

Third year

Research project (or alternative) at a partner university. Options are likely to include universities in Australia, Brazil, China and the USA.

Fourth year

  • Final year research project
  • Study of current topics in science, foundations of modern physics or presentation of a seminar
  • Physics and astrophysics options, which might include:
    • magnetism and superconductivity
    • nanophysics
    • particle physics
    • advanced quantum mechanics
    • general relativity and cosmology, and more.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Physics with International Experience

Typical offer for MSci Physics with International Experience - applicants must meet one of the following

A-level
Standard offer
A*AA including A*A in Mathematics and Physics in any order
A-level
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAB including A in Mathematics and A in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
34 overall to include 17 points at Higher Level with 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics and Physics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma with at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit with at least 12 credits in Distinctions in both Maths and Physics. Your Access course should include at least 15 credits in Higher Maths.
BTEC offer D*DD in Science including Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics units
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA in Mathematics and Physics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall, with 9.0, 8.5 in Mathematics and Physics (in any order)
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Standard literacy requirement (C in GCSE English or equivalent)
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Considered

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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