Physics Summer School

Join our Physics Undergraduate Summer School, gaining expert knowledge in the field and improving your academic prospects.

Physics Summer School at the University of Sussex

  • Video transcript

    Hannah Espey: I decided to study physics abroad here at the University of Sussex because we can get the full year’s worth of learning in physics, completely immersed without worrying about other classes.

    Ramneet Pannu: The University of Sussex has a great physics programme and I was really excited to learn in a place that has such renowned professors and research going on.

    Alex Baskoro: It’s really hard to find the time to study abroad and be able to travel to this programme was ideal for me because I was able to do physics in eight weeks.

    Sandeep Kaur: Doing physics in eight weeks is really challenging but the ATs and professors here have been really supportive and it really helps you develop your own study strategies to succeed. In the labs you learn a lot of practical skills and you get to use a lot of cool equipment as well, and when I was travelling abroad during my breaks, you look around and you just see physics everywhere.

    Esmerelda Garcia-Orosco: Our classes are really small so it’s easier to get more one-on-one attention and I don’t get as nervous when I ask a question because there’s not four hundred people in a class.

    Alex: I really enjoy this campus, it’s just very beautiful out here and I’ve been going on runs and hikes.

    Ramneet: I’ve never had my own bathroom before, so I love my en-suite. I love living in the flat style accommodation. My flatmates are amazing and it gives me a lot of privacy being in my own room.

    Sandeep: What’s fantastic about being at Sussex is that you’re literally at a prime location. You’re super close to the pier and you’re less than an hour train ride away from London.

    Katrina Joiner: The University of Sussex offers a lot of opportunities for trips and travel, so it’s really cool that they have it organised for you already. You’re travelling with a group, you’re not going to get lost.

    Sandeep: I just came back from a trip to Spain and the Netherlands.

    Hannah: I’ve been to Amsterdam and Barcelona.

    Philmon Lei: I’ve been to France for three days, and I went to Iceland for two days.

    Katrina: I would definitely recommend the Physics programme here. It is difficult, it is fast-paced, but in the end it will be worth it if you just study for the short amount of time then you can adventure, travel and do whatever you want later on.

    Esmerelda: Sussex is very quiet. There are cows outside my window. It’s very cute and I just love it.

Browse our modules 

Our Physics Undergraduate Summer School teaches two modules. A module is a self-contained, credit-bearing unit of study. You will have a set of learning outcomes and an assessment at the end.

Each module carries 15 credits and lasts for four weeks (one session). You take one module per session.

2021 update

Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, the University of Sussex has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Physics Summer School for 2021. 

Further information and updates for our 2022 program will be released here. You can see our previously offered Physics modules below. 

Stay safe and we hope to welcome you to our campus in the future! 

Session One

  • Introductory Physics 1

    Module code: ISP01

    This calculus-based module will provide a firm foundation in physical concepts and principles, covering kinematics and dynamics, fluids, elasticity, wave motion, sound, ideal gases, heat and thermodynamics. Applications of physical concepts will be stressed, particularly those related to biological and medical phenomena as well as those forming the basis of much of modern technology. You gain further insight into the physics taught by carrying out a series of laboratory experiments and learning how to analyse and interpret the data.

    Recommendation: This is an intensive module, requiring good mathematical skills, including algebra and trigonometry and a knowledge of vectors and of differential and integral calculus. We also recommend that you view our Maths preperation and Excel training. Please check with your home institution that your mathematics is at an appropriate level.

    Note: This is an intensive academic module. For a 15 credit module taken over four weeks you need to do about 100 hours of self-study over and above the scheduled 48 contact hours. This means that you should be working for about 25 hours per week in addition to attending classes. You need to bear this in mind when planning trips and travel and outside class.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Have a basic knowledge of the physics topics covered in the course.
    • Be able to solve physics problems at the appropriate level which requires use of this knowledge.
    • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with simple scientific equipment, make accurate measurements, keep records of observations, analyse and interpret data and write scientific reports on experiments.

    Teaching method: Laboratory, lectures and workshops
    Assessment: 65% Exams, 25% Practical Laboratory Reports, 10% In-class tests
    Contact hours: 88 hours 
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits
    Labatory Fees: £200

Session Two

  • Introductory Physics 2

    Module code: ISP02

    Note: You can only take Introductory Physics 2 if you have completed Introductory Physics 1.

    This calculus-based module will provide a firm foundation in physical concepts and principles, covering kinematics and dynamics, fluids, elasticity, wave motion, sound, ideal gases, heat and thermodynamics. Applications of physical concepts will be stressed, particularly those related to biological and medical phenomena as well as those forming the basis of much of modern technology. You gain further insight into the physics taught by carrying out a series of laboratory experiments and learning how to analyse and interpret the data.

    Recommendation: This is an intensive module, requiring good mathematical skills, including algebra and trigonometry and a knowledge of vectors and of differential and integral calculus. We also recommend that you view our Maths preperation and Excel training. Please check with your home institution that your mathematics is at an appropriate level.

    Note: This is an intensive academic module. For a 15 credit module taken over four weeks you need to do about 100 hours of self-study over and above the scheduled 48 contact hours. This means that you should be working for about 25 hours per week in addition to attending classes. You need to bear this in mind when planning trips and travel and outside class.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Have a basic knowledge of the physics topics covered in the course.
    • Be able to solve physics problems at the appropriate level which requires use of this knowledge.
    • Be able to demonstrate familiarity with simple scientific equipment, make accurate measurements, keep records of observations, analyse and interpret data and write scientific reports on experiments.

    Teaching method: Laboratory, lectures and workshops
    Assessment: 65% Exams, 25% Practical Laboratory Reports, 10% In-class tests
    Contact hours: 88 hours
    Credits: 15 Sussex Credits
    Labatory Fees: £200

Not sure how to choose?

Follow our top tips for choosing your modules. You can also find out about our teaching structure, assessment process and how your credits transfer back to your home institution.

Find out more.


Find out how to apply

 

The University of Sussex reserves the right to cancel modules due to staff availability, student demand, minimum enrolment, or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

I wanted to continue improving myself and practice being independent by studying abroad.” AN NGUYEN
Physics Summer School student - University of California, Irvine
  • Expertteaching from staff, some are working at the CERN Large Hadron Collider

  • 1st in the UK for employability in Physics (career after 15 months)*

  • Clubsincluding the Physics Society which organise regular social events

  • State-of-the-art facilities including a rooftop optical, radio, and muon telescope

Which school will I study in?

You'll study in the Department of Physics and Astronomy which is part of the School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. 

You’ll learn from world-leading faculty who are making ground-breaking discoveries and working on projects such as next generation quantum technology devices. 


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Our physics and astronomy research

Our researchers are working on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider, exploring the mysteries of dark energy in the universe and developing next generation quantum technology devices.

Our research influences the way we teach, and you learn from academics at the forefront of their fields.


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Contact

If you are studying at Sussex for a summer and have questions, email summer@sussex.ac.uk.

 *The Guardian University Guide 2021. Rankings based on full undergraduate degree at Sussex.


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