Fully accredited by the Institute of Physics, our courses offer a diverse curriculum, from astronomical phenomena to quantum mechanics.
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 extra-solar planets form, and help build optical diagnostic devices for CERN.
We have a diverse, up-to-date curriculum that offers you all the skills needed to allow you to excel in industry or to progress to postgraduate courses for further study.
What is physics?
Physics involves the exploration of nature in the broadest possible sense. Physicists discover how the universe behaves and use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity.
Dundee physicists have had a tremendous impact on the modern world. The electronic devices driving pixels in virtually all laptop computers were first conceived and made here. Plus ground-breaking work on satellite-borne environmental monitoring began in Dundee.
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 state-of-the-art 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 fast-track route to applying the knowledge and skills that we will teach you.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|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 A-Level||BSc: BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and physics or an engineering subject
MSci: ABB at A-Level including mathematics and physics
|BBB (minimum) - AAB (typical) including A-Level mathematics and physics|
|BTEC||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM||A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD.|
|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.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
|34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5 to include mathematics and physics|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)||H2H2H3H3 (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|
|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 ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A Levels at AB in Mathematics and Physics
|BSc - Grade B with ASL-A Level at AA in Mathematics and a Science/Engineering subject
MSci - Grade B with ASL-A 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 - 75% overall with 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
English Language Programmes
We offer Pre-Sessional 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.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
How you will be assessed
- coursework and laboratory reports
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 multi-media 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.
In addition to the traditional four-year BSc Honours and joint Honours degree programmes, we also offer the new professional degree, the five-year MSci.
What you will study - BSc/MSci
MSci Honours Degree
An MSci honours degree normally takes five years, full time, you study levels 1-5, as described below.
BSc Honours Degree
A BSc honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.
Degree without Honours
If you choose to study a degree without honours, you study for three years, levels 1-3 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 2-4 for the BSc or 2-5 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
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:
- Electricity and Circuits
- Light, Waves and Matter
- Astronomical Phenomena
- Professional Physics (experimental, writing, data analysis and computer modelling)
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)
At Level 3 you begin a detailed study of the main topics of modern physics together with the acquisition of advanced laboratory skills:
- Quantum Mechanics
- Mathematical Methods
- Atomic Physics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Thermal Physics
- Computational Physics
- Physics Lab and Transferable Skills (over both semesters)
At Honours level, you continue your in-depth 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
- Wind and Marine Energy
- Nuclear Energy
- Statistical Mechanics
- Advanced Thermal Physics
- Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
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
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 state-of-the-art 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, micro-electronics, medicine, semi-conductors, communications, research and development, IT, optoelectronics and education.
Dundee’s unique teaching environment and approach meant that I had a lot of opportunities right from the get go. I was able to do project work each year (which allowed me to gain extra lab experience). I also got the opportunity to work as a technician and help out in the high school open day lab sessions (at the university). I also had other opportunities such as doing lab in a van and science outreach activities.
Adam McMurchie, BSc Physics 2013
One of the most valuable things I was given at the University of Dundee was the opportunity to do research. The staff (from all departments including Maths, Physics and Life Sciences) were incredibly welcoming. Year on year I asked different members of staff if there were any opportunities to do research with them and no-one ever turned me away. They turned out to be some of the most important and useful experiences of my undergraduate.
Nasir Ahmad, BSc Physics 2014
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.
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£20,950 per year of study|
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 (non-EU) students are guaranteed not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Physics BSc (Hons)||F300|
|Apply Now||Physics MSci||F303|