The Payoff for Undergraduates Research-driven teaching/internationally leading staff: Crystal Physics, Electrons in Solids Standard Model of Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics Exo-planets, Cosmology Solar Physics, Plasma Physics Complexity/Chaos Theory Medical Physics, High Performance Computing Project work /Summer placements
1 st Year: Easing the Transition `Key Skills for Physics’: brings physics and maths together i.e. “problem solving” : weekly exercises in Physics and Mathematics assessed for credit and discussed in exercise classes. `Physics Foundations’: Revision of A-level ideas but shows how calculus and complex numbers make their description more elegant and powerful e.g. SHM 1 st and 2 nd year tutorials: Groups of 5 or less Physics Labs.: Close supervision ( for some, first `hands-on’ experience). Single text book: Young and Freedman – University Physics.
And at the end of it all… ~ 75% achieve a First or Upper Second Physics degree Numbers in graduate-level employment or research degree within 6 months of graduating : MPhys degree: 90%-95% (average starting salary £26k) BSc degree: 80%-85% (average starting salary £23.5k) Physics graduates are very much in demand! Alongside physics/maths knowledge employers value the physicist skillset: critical thinking, problem solving, scientific data analysis, scientific methodology, presentation etc etc What do our graduates do? 35% Research degree in Physics/Maths/Computing 20% Financial/accounting sector 20% IT 10% Engineering 15% Others: management, journalism, health service,etc