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Open days

  • Saturday 10 September
  • Saturday 15 October

For details of our events for schools, visit our Schools Outreach pages.

For further information please contact:
Undergraduate Admissions Tutor
Tel:0121 414 4563
Email: physics-adms@contacts.bham.ac.uk

A typical Physics and Astronomy Open Day programme 

We offer degrees in Physics, Physics with Astrophysics, Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology, Theoretical Physics, Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics. There is also the opportunity for students to study for a year at an overseas university.

Below is an example of what to expect on one of our Open Day.  Please note that times and talk material may be subject to change.

Activity

Time

Building

Room

Floor

Display and demonstrations

All day

Poynting Physics (R13)

First Year Laboratory, Ground Floor

G

DVD presentation – Why Physics at Birmingham?

All day

Poynting Physics (R13)

Coffee Lounge, Poynting Physics 

2

Talk - How to Make an Invisibility Cloak – Controlling Light with Metamaterials

09:45

Poynting Physics (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Talk – Atom manipulation

10:30

Poynting Physics (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Tour of Nanoscale Research Lab
By registration only, details below*

11:15

Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer

Nanoscale Research Lab. Assemble in the Foyer, Poynting Physics, Building R13

G

Talk - Physics to a Degree. Studying Physics at the University of Birmingham

11:15

Poynting Physics (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre

2

Talk - Refrigerators made from photons

12:00

Poynting Physics (R13)

Small Lecture Theatre

2

Tour of Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

12:00

Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer

Physics labs

G

Talk - Sounding stars and the search for new planets in the Galaxy

12:45

Poynting Building (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Tour of Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

12:45

Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer

Physics labs

G

Talk - Physics to a Degree. Studying Physics at the University of Birmingham

13:30

Poynting Building (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Tour of Teaching Laboratories and facilities.
By registration only, details below* 

13:30

Meeting: First Year Laboratory - foyer

Physics labs

G

Talk - Recreating the Big Bang: the LHC at CERN

14:15

Poynting Building (R13)

Large Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Talk - Meeting the Ever Growing Demand for Energy: Nuclear Power Past, Present and Future

15.00

Poynting Building (R13)

Small Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

*Open Day tours the new Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory and Teaching labs *:  There are three tours for the Teaching Laboratories; 12.00noon, 12.45pm and 1.30pm.  Please indicate your preference when registering at the email address below.

Register for the tours by using the following email - physics-adms@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

There are only 30 places available for the tour of the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory and only 20 places for each of the tours of the Teaching Laboratories. You will be notified by e-mail if you have secured a place. 

Displays and advice desks.

The Admissions Tutor and academic members of staff, willl be available to give advice and answer questions in the First Year Laboratory, ground floor of Poynting Physics Building (R13) from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm.

Also, in the First Year Laboratory, you will be able to;

  • See examples of undergraduate laboratory work.

  • Meet current undergraduate students.

  • Look at demonstrations provided by our Research Groups

There is also a 'Why Physics at Birmingham?' DVD showing all day in the Physics coffee lounge, on the second floor of the Poynting Physics building (R13).

For details of our next Open Days, contact Irina Hoffman, our Undergraduate Admissions Tutor.

For general information on undergraduate Open Days at the University of Birmingham, visit the Open Days page on the main University website.

A typical Nuclear Science and Engineering Open Day programme

Activity

Time

Building

Room

Floor

Nuclear Engineering Exhibition - Nuclear Engineering at the University of Birmingham

All day

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

C Block Foyer

G

Tour of nuclear materials labs

10:30

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

C Block Foyer

G

Tour of nuclear materials labs

12:00

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

C Block Foyer

G

Talk - What is Nuclear Engineering?  What is it like to study at Birmingham?

12:45

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

Lecture Room GD20, ground floor

G

Tour of nuclear materials labs

13:30

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

C Block Foyer

G

Talk - What happens to materials in a nuclear power plant?

13:30

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

Lecture Room GD20, ground floor

G

Tour of nuclear materials labs

14:15

Metallurgy and Materials Building (G6)

C Block Foyer

G

Talk - Meeting the ever growing demand for energy; nuclear power past, present and future

15:00

Poynting Building (R13)

Small Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor

2

Applicant days

Once we receive your application and we know that we will be able to make you an offer based on that application, we will invite you and your parents or guardians to one of our School Applicant Days.

These take place from mid-October until the end of March of the following year. A general talk and open discussions with members of staff follow a buffet lunch. You are then taken on a tour of the School, the campus, and the Halls of Residence. During the Applicant Day, you will be given detailed information on all aspects of student life and our academic programmes.  However, if you wish to discuss your particular application on an individual basis with a member of staff, we would be happy to arrange that for you.

anishThe visit day was a real eye opener for me; it provided me with an insight into what the department and campus had to offer. It wasn't just the academic prospects which enticed me, as I was also drawn to the welcoming and comforting community of the University, one which I could easily see myself being part of. Plus Birmingham city centre provides endless activities to keep me busy, from shopping to pubs and clubs! Looking back now, my time here has definitely exceeded my expectations and I have really felt at home here; I am enthusiastic for what the future holds for me at Birmingham!

Anish - Msci TPAM

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