Theoretical Physics

BSc (Hons)

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What you'll study

* All modules are subject to availability

Fees and funding

UK/EU: £9,250

Overseas: £15,300

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Where you'll study

Hull Campus

About the course

Whether you wish to explore the world at sub-atomic level or on a cosmological scale, you will study Theoretical Physics at Hull under the guidance of tutors recognised as leaders in their field who are innovative in their approach to teaching. You will work with state-of-the-art facilities using active learning methods, giving you a greater level of engagement and understanding of physics. Your tutors have an international reputation in areas such as quantum information and condensed matter theory, nanophysics, theoretical astrophysics, string theory and cosmology. As a theoretical physicist your mathematical rather than laboratory skills will be enhanced to a high level to give you an in-depth knowledge of your subject matter. This degree has been designed to have a cutting edge curriculum, and is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

At Hull, our hands-on approach to physics ensures our graduates are in high demand across a variety of industries. Many have established successful careers in some of the most successful and well-known laboratories and research facilities, including Jodrell Bank and the National Nuclear Laboratory. You are encouraged to develop your skills to world class level, which can lay the groundwork for further research or PhD study. The-four year Theoretical Physics (MPhys) degree has been designed for those students who wish to develop skills in research and development. Study will be in more depth, and you will use a range of advanced problem solving and research skills.


Entry requirements

International students

(language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Future prospects

Physics graduates from the University of Hull have gone on to find employment in some of the largest companies nationally and internationally, such as Reckitt Benckiser and Atkins Engineering, as well as laboratories at Jodrell Bank, the National Physical Laboratory and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

There are opportunities in medical physics within the NHS, and some graduates enter NHS graduate schemes. There is also great demand for physics teachers, and there are generous scholarships available. Alternatively, some students prefer to continue their studies on MSc and PhD study courses.

New Unistats survey results show that Physics graduate employment level at Hull is 72% with an above average starting salary of £25k.

Employability is at the heart of our curriculum. You learn valuable communication and presentation skills that have helped our graduates find careers in areas as diverse as oil prospecting, defence, risk management and the Stock Exchange.

You will have access to lifelong careers guidance. The University of Hull’s commitment to employability does not end when you graduate. If you need guidance on your career path, or get to the point when you would like a career change, help and support is always available.