Fully accredited by the Institute of Physics, our courses offer the core of physics that all students should study, from classical to quantum mechanics
Overview
If you think that physics can be about much more than the Higgs Boson and the Large Hadron Collider then the University of Dundee is the place for you. Our focus is on the applications of physics in a wide range of cross disciplinary areas.
Our staff carry out research in biophysics, in medicine, advanced materials and photonics. They help understand how extrasolar planets form, and help build optical diagnostic devices for CERN.
We have a diverse, uptodate curriculum that offers you all the skills needed to allow you to excel in industry or to progress to postgraduate courses for further study.
Our staff work in some of the most exciting areas of current physics. Many such areas are also those earmarked by the government as the critical scientific topics for the future:
 renewable energy and the environment
 robust sensors
 physics applied to medicine and biology
We use the most powerful microscopes available, each capable of resolving individual atoms, to characterise and develop materials such as the next generation of energy efficient solar cells.
We explore the boundaries of biophysics and laser science, especially in medical contexts where the University of Dundee as a whole boasts a world renowned reputation. Biophysics research is undertaken at stateoftheart facilities in the University's Institute for Medical Science and Technology and also at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee.
Your final year project could be developing optical techniques to examine cancerous tissue excised from hospital patients  using physics to make a real difference to people's lives. Or you might choose to investigate the behaviour of positrons in solar cell materials with the aim of identifying missing atom defects that degrade performance.
You can get directly involved in active research groups in Level 1: a fasttrack route to applying the knowledge and skills that we will teach you.
Entry Requirements
The following are the minimum, uptodate entry requirements.
You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.
Courses starting 2016  

Qualification  Level 1 Entry  Advanced Entry to Level 2 
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher  BBBB (minimum)  AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject for BSc degrees, or mathematics and physics for MSci degrees  AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and physics, plus AB at Higher in different subjects 
GCE ALevel  BSc: BCC (minimum)  BBB (typical) including ALevel mathematics and physics or an engineering subject MSci: ABB at ALevel including mathematics and physics 
BBB (minimum)  AAB (typical) including ALevel mathematics and physics 
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)  AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject for BSc degrees, or mathematics and physics for MSci degrees  Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification 
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma  BSc: 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and physics or an engineering subject MSci: 32 points at Higher Level grades 6, 5, 5 to include mathematics and physics 
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and physics 
Graduate Entry  
BTEC  A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD 

SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)  A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1  A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2 
Scottish Baccalaureate  BSc  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Distinction with AB (MSci) at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Distinction with AB (MSci) at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics 
SWAP Access  Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6  Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification 
Advanced Diploma  BSc  Grade B with ASLA Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Grade B with ASLA Levels at AB in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Grade B with ASLA Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Grade B with ASLA Level at AA in Mathematics and Physics 
Welsh Baccalaureate  BSc  Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and Physics 
European Baccalaureate  BSc  70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci ? 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci æ 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics 
Other Qualifications  
Notes 
EU and International qualifications
Courses starting 2017  

Qualification  Level 1 Entry  Advanced Entry to Level 2 
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher  BBBB (minimum)  AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject for BSc degrees, or mathematics and physics for MSci degrees  AB at Advanced Higher including mathematics and physics, plus AB at Higher in different subjects 
GCE ALevel  BSc: BCC (minimum)  BBB (typical) including ALevel mathematics and physics or an engineering subject MSci: ABB at ALevel including mathematics and physics 
BBB (minimum)  AAB (typical) including ALevel mathematics and physics 
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)  AABB (typical) at Higher including mathematics and physics or an engineering subject for BSc degrees, or mathematics and physics for MSci degrees  Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification 
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma  BSc: 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5 to include mathematics and physics or an engineering subject MSci: 32 points at Higher Level grades 6, 5, 5 to include mathematics and physics 
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and physics 
Graduate Entry  
BTEC  A relevant HND with Merits in appropriate Science/Mathematics modules A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD 

SQA Higher National (HNC/HND)  A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 1  A relevant HNC with A in the Graded Unit including Mathematics for Engineering 2 and 120 SCQF points A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units including Mathematics for Engineering 2 
Scottish Baccalaureate  BSc  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with BC at Advanced Higher in Mathematics and Physics 
SWAP Access  Relevant science subjects with ABB grades including Mathematics and Physics Units at SCQF Level 6  Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification 
Advanced Diploma  BSc  Grade B with ASLA Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Grade B with ASLA Levels at AB in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Grade B with ASLA Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Grade B with ASLA Level at AA in Mathematics and Physics 
Welsh Baccalaureate  BSc  Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with A level at AB in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci  Pass with A level at AA in Mathematics and Physics 
European Baccalaureate  BSc  70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci ? 70% overall with 7 in Mathematics and Physics 
BSc  75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject MSci æ 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics 
Other Qualifications  
Notes 
EU and International qualifications
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
IELTS Overall  6.0 

Listening  5.5 
Reading  5.5 
Writing  6.0 
Speaking  5.5 
Equivalent grades from other test providers
English Language Programmes
We offer PreSessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.
Discover our English Language Programmes
Teaching & Assessment
How you will be assessed
 coursework and laboratory reports
 examinations
 discussions
How you will be taught
Physics at Dundee is comfortably small and friendly with a relaxed atmosphere. Our formal teaching methods involve a combination of traditional lectures and tutorials, together with new and innovative multimedia based activities and practical laboratory sessions.
Students also receive IT training to gain maximum benefit from the advanced computing resources, and so enhance their transferable skills.
What you will study  BSc/MSci
MSci Honours Degree
An MSci honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 15, as described below.
BSc Honours Degree
A BSc honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 14, as described below.
Degree without Honours
If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 13 below.
Advanced Entry Honours Degree
It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in one year less if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 24 for the BSc or 25 for the MSci. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.
Typical Degree Programme
Level 1
Modules at level 1 are designed to increase your understanding of fundamental physics and give the necessary mathematical skills on which modules in later years depend:
 Mechanics
 Electricity and Circuits
 Light, Waves and Matter
 Astronomical Phenomena
 Professional Physics (experimental, writing, data analysis and computer modelling)
 Mathematics
Level 2
Level 2 will extend your knowledge of classical physics and introduce you to some of the exciting advances made in modern physics:
 Electromagnetism and Light
 Classical and Quantum Properties of Matter
 Electronics and Instrumentation
 Applied Mathematics and Optics
 Programming (Students will learn C++ and Matlab related to physical science problem solving)
 Mathematics
Level 3
At Level 3 you begin a detailed study of the main topics of modern physics together with the acquisition of advanced laboratory skills:
 Electromagnetism
 Quantum Mechanics
 Mathematical Methods
 Atomic Physics
 Condensed Matter Physics
 Thermal Physics
 Computational Physics
 Physics Lab and Transferable Skills (over both semesters)
Level 4
At Honours level, you continue your indepth studies and carry out a personal project involving practical experience in a research laboratory:
 Physics Research Project (over both semesters)
 Thermal Physics
 Optics and Photonics
 Nuclear and Particle Physics
 Classical Mechanics and Relativity
 Options from (for example):
 Environmental Physics
 Biophysics
 Wind and Marine Energy
 Nuclear Energy
 Statistical Mechanics
 Advanced Thermal Physics
 Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
Level 5
This year is only followed by the MSci Honours students. Modules cover selected topics in considerable depth and introduce you to research techniques and mathematical methods encountered by professional physicists.
 Physics Research Project (both semesters)
 Independent Study Module
 Advanced Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Optics and Photonics, Computational Physics and Biophysics
Careers
The prospects for physics graduates are excellent. As one of our graduates, you will have analytical and problem solving skills together with practical abilities on stateoftheart instrumentation.
Many of our graduates now work for technology companies involved in the design and manufacture of electronic and optical devices.
In addition, it is possible to develop industrial careers in defence, microelectronics, medicine, semiconductors, communications, research and development, IT, optoelectronics and education.
Fees & Funding
The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.
Find out more about fee status
Fee category  Fees for students starting 2016/17 

Scottish and EU students  £1,820 per year of study 
Rest of UK students  BSc  £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. MSci  £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants. 
Overseas students (nonEU)  £15,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants. 
Fee category  Fees for students starting 2017/18 

Scottish and EU students  £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017. 
Rest of UK students  BSc  £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. MSci  £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 4 years, even if you are studying a five year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants. 
Overseas students (nonEU)  £17,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants. 
Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.
'Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.
Tuition fees for Overseas (nonEU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.
Your Application
Degree  UCAS Code  KIS Data  

Apply Now  Physics BSc  F300  
Apply Now  Physics MSci  F303  
Apply Now  Physics & Mathematics BSc  FG31  
Apply Now  Electronic Engineering & Physics BEng  HF63 