Physics Summer School

Join our Physics Undergraduate Summer School, gaining expert knowledge in the field and improving your academic prospects. Find out the modules on offer below and get a taste of what it's like to study here.

Physics Summer School at the University of Sussex

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.

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

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 (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 take our Physics Diagnostic Test. 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: 100% coursework

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 (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 take our Physics Diagnostic Test. 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: 100% coursework

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.

Physics Undergraduate Summer School

Session One: 22 June - 17 July 2020

Session Two: 20 July - 14 August 2020

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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.