Hands-on learning

Year 3

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There are several optional modules in the third year of our courses that explore physics in practice and are designed to enhance your employability:

  • Professional Skills in Physics: This module, which is compulsory for BSc students and available as an option for MPhys, BSc students, prepares you for working life. You’ll develop skills that are relevant to whatever arena you wish to work in – from CV and application form writing to communicating to different audiences. The module also improves your problem-solving abilities and encourages to you engage with current issues in science.
  • Group Industrial Project: Available as an optional module for Physics, Theoretical Physics and Physics with Astrophysics students, this module involves working on a real project set by an external company. You’ll work in a group on a specific problem and deliver your project to your industrial contact. This is an excellent module if you don’t want to commit to undertaking a year in industry but would like to gain similar experience.
  • Physics in Schools: This module is ideal if you’re considering a teaching career. You would be placed in a local secondary school or sixth form college and organise physics-related activities, either through lessons or clubs. The activities you’d design would promote the excitement of physics, which is rewarding for yourself and your pupils.

Students on a BSc programme complete a research project or dissertation at this stage. You will choose a topic and execute and analyse the results of an experiment or investigation. This is an exciting opportunity to work with researchers who are working at the cutting-edge of physics.

The third year of our Physics and Physics with Astrophysics MPhys programmes includes an advanced experimental techniques module. Over the course of the module, you’ll undertake 4 “experimental mini-projects”. The topic of your project can range from optical tweezers to nuclear magnetic resonance to crystal growth and characterisation. This is an exciting module that develops both physics and transferable skills.