Physics Summer School

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

Physics Summer School 2020 update

Physics Summer School 2020 is now closed. Further details of our 2021 programme will be available in autumn, register here to be kept up to date when applications open for 2021.

In the meantime, find our list of 2020 modules listed below and watch our video get an idea of what it's like to study abroad at Sussex. 

While we plan to offer the modules below in future academic years, they may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand, or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to update our pages and let our applicants know at the earliest opportunity.

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.

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.

Find out more about teaching, assessment and credit transfer.

Physics modules

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.
  • Session One - 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.

    Laboratory fee: £200

    Teaching methods: Laboratory, lectures and workshops.

    Assessment: 65% Exams, 25% Practical Laboratory Reports, 10% In-class tests

    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.

  • Session Two - Introductory Physics 2

    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.

    Laboratory fee: £200

    Teaching methods: Laboratory, lectures and workshops.

    Assessment: 65% Exams, 25% Practical Laboratory Reports, 10% In-class tests

    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.
I wanted to continue improving myself and practice being independent by studying abroad.” AN NGUYEN
Physics Summer School student - University of California, Irvine

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There may be a high demand for places on our Physics Summer School. Therefore, you may be placed on a waiting list upon application. We will contact you if this applies to your application.