Physics addresses the meaning of everything. From quantum information and a grand unified theory, to dark matter and high energy particle physics, this subject can take you anywhere.
Over the course of this degree you will delve into the building blocks of matter and the vastness of the cosmos.
You will learn how fundamental physics is applied across different disciplines and how it connects to new advances in engineering, medicine and mathematics.
The Foundation Year option is suitable if you do not have the necessary qualifications to directly start the three-year degree. It prepares you for the rigours of the BSc with an intensive foundation year developed to expand your core competencies in Physics and Mathematics. The foundation year is expertly delivered by Swansea’s Physics academic staff and has full synergy and integration with the department’s teaching and learning ethos.
Studying physics at Swansea University gives you access to genuinely world-leading teaching and cutting edge facilities.
WHY PHYSICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR AT SWANSEA?
Physics at Swansea University is a widely admired degree which attracts students from far and wide.
Physics at Swansea is ranked:
- consistently highly for student satisfaction, with Physics currently ranked 2nd at 97% [National Student Survey 2018]
- 1st in the UK for satisfaction with teaching, organisation and management, student experience and student voice [National Student Survey 2018]
- 7th in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2019]
- 13th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2019]
- 1st in the UK for research intensity [Complete University Guide 2019]
Swansea University holds a TEF Gold Award, UK Government recognition of excellence in higher education teaching.
YOUR PHYSICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EXPERIENCE
A flexibly structured degree path means you have the opportunity to study abroad for a year or work in industry for a year, either locally, nationally or overseas.
Daily contact with approachable teaching staff will shape your studies. You will be taught by world-leading scientists through lectures, laboratory work, feedback sessions, projects and small group sessions.
Research links with CERN and the anti-matter work of the ALPHA Collaboration ensure that teaching is informed by the latest research. They may also give you the chance to undertake a final year Masters project at CERN in Geneva.
Our Physics Society was voted the best Physics Society in the UK at the University Student Networks Annual Societies Forum 2017.
If you reach a required standard in your opening years of BSc study, you may be invited to transfer to the four-year MPhys scheme.
PHYSICS WITH A FOUNDATION YEAR EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills such as analysis, lab techniques, report writing and a high level of digital technology skills. You’ll also be highly numerate, which many employers value highly.
Physics graduates are set for rewarding employment opportunities. Careers in any of the following fields are open to you.
- Nuclear Science
- Research Science
- Aerospace and Defence
- Medical Physics
- Financial Modelling
- Systems Engineering
- IT and Software Engineering
- Education and Science Communication
Swansea University helps you to prepare for your future career by helping you to find work placements and relevant part-time jobs, offering year in industry options, as well as introducing you to employers such as McLaren, CERN and British Nuclear Fuels. The Swansea Employability Academy also helps you with CV and interview preparation.