Physics BSc

All our Physics students study the same core of fundamental physics and maths, based on Institute of Physics (IOP) ‘core of physics’ material. This includes classical mechanics, waves and fields, electromagnetism, special relativity, thermodynamics, quantum and atomic physics. By choosing the Physics BSc you will have access to the widest range of specialist options in each year.

Course details

Matter and energy. Waves and fields. Relativity and mechanics. In this degree, you’ll be studying the most fundamental of the sciences: physics. From the sub-atomic and cosmological, to the trajectory of your own career, you’ll be learning things that confound, captivate and inspire you.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

As a physics student at Leicester you will acquire an appreciation of the scope and impact of modern physics and the use of mathematics, computing and experimentation to solve important real-world problems.

You will study the fundamental theories of physics, from classical mechanics, waves and fields, to relativity, atomic and particle physics. Through option courses and projects you will have the opportunity to explore the areas of physics linked to the School’s world-leading research – such as planetary science, climate physics, nanotechnology, astrophysics, medical physics and space science.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: AAB-ABB including Physics and Maths. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction in Maths and Physics Level 3 modules. Plus grade B in Maths A-level.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including:

  • 5 in HL Physics and 5 in HL Maths
  • OR 6 in HL Physics and 6 in SL Maths ‘Analysis and Approaches’ (SL Maths ‘Applications and Interpretation’ not accepted)
  • OR 6 in SL Physics and 6 in HL Maths

HL Maths accepted within both ‘Analysis and Approaches’ and ‘Applications and Interpretation’

BTEC Nationals: Pass Science or Engineering Extended Diploma with DDM, and B at A-level Maths


In your third year you will have the option to do a ten-week group research project with one of our industrial partners such as Airbus Defence and Space, Jorin Ltd., Domino Printing or Weatherford International. You will gain invaluable project, budget and team management experience working in a professional environment on a real project. You can gain first-hand experience of physics education through a final year mentoring scheme with physics teachers in local schools, working for half a day a week over one semester. We offer a small number of Summer Research Placements: six weeks of paid employment working with the research groups within the School of Physics and Astronomy. These placements provide excellent experience if you want to go on to a career in academic or industrial research.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Mathematical Physics 1.1
  • Light and Matter
  • Waves and Quanta
  • Mathematical Physics 1.2
  • Physic Skills and Professional Development 1
  • Experimental Physics 1

Core modules

  • Mathematical Physics 2
  • Relativity, Quantum Physics and Particles
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics Skills and Professional Development 2
  • Experimental Physics 2

Option modules

  • Intermediate Physics Specialisms

Core modules

  • Physics Skills and Professional Development 3
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Radiation and Matter
  • Physics Challenge
  • Research Project

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • Industry Project
  • Astrodynamics
  • Electronics
  • Physics in Education
  • Python
  • Numerical Programming in C
  • Sustainability Enterprise Project
  • Mathematical Physics 3
  • Then choose one option module from:
  • Applied and Medical Physics
  • Quasars and Cosmology
  • The Space Environment

Then choose one option module from:

  • Elementary Particles: The Standard Model and Beyond
  • Stellar Astrophysics
  • Planetary Physics
  • Advanced Corporate Finance