Undergraduate degree courses

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We offer BSc (3 year) and MSci (4 year) degrees in Physics and a range of associated specialisms including Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Cosmology, and Theoretical Physics, as well as a joint honours course in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics.


There is a great deal of flexibility between courses and it is often possible to swap between the single honours options in the early stages of your studies. Many courses are also available with an international year or an intercalated year in computer science.  The courses pay particular attention to the development of a wide range of skills, both those applicable throughout the development of a career as a physicist and those transferable to other career areas.

Please explore our courses below or download our Physics undergraduate programmes brochure (pdf 1.4 MB) to learn more. 

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Our degree programmes have also been accredited by the Institute of Physics. The summary reads: This is a major and important physics department residing in one of the UK's premier universities. It is highly organised, well-run and benefits from a dedicated set of academic staff. Physics is presented through well-planned degree programmes, supported by a range of excellent facilities.

Foundation Year

For those students who do not have Mathematics A Level or equivalent but are interested in studying Physics we provide a preliminary (year 0) physical sciences foundation year. Successful completion of this course allows automatic progression to our Physics undergraduate degree without the need to reapply. Please pay careful attention to the entry requirements for this course and contact the admissions tutor to discuss your qualifications. Please note non UK/EU students must apply to foundation year through the Birmingham International Academy Foundation Pathways.

Nuclear Engineering/Science undergraduate degree courses

Additionally we offer Nuclear Science and Engineering degrees which take advantage our 60+ years’ experience in preparing students for successful careers in the nuclear industry. These courses are taught between Physics, Metallurgy and Materials and Engineering departments, and are well suited for those students looking to work in this challenging and growing field. Please find more details below and in the Nuclear Engineering and Science undergraduate degrees brochure (pdf 1 MB)

We are more than happy to help you find your ideal course or clarify the application procedure. Feel free to contact the admissions team at any point during your decision making and application process.