This course starts in 2019

Theoretical Physics BSc (Hons)

Theoretical Physics BSc (Hons)

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
AAB-ABB
UCAS code:
F325
Start date:
September 2019
  • 98% of our students found our courses intellectually stimulating (National Student Survey 2017)
  • 93% of School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences students were in work or further study six months after graduating (HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016)

If you want to study fundamental physics and its underlying mathematical principles, this course is for you.

You’ll learn from experts involved in international research projects into theoretical physics. Modules cover topics such as astrophysics, quantum information and atomic physics. You also gain in-depth knowledge of mathematics and computing.

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics.

MPhys or BSc?

We also offer this course as a four-year MPhysFind out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

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The course content is engaging and interesting – especially the maths.”Adam Richardson
Theoretical Physics BSc 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

AAB-ABB

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics. The A-level in 'Use of Mathematics' is not acceptable as meeting this requirement.

Physics A-level is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4  (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Extended Project Qualification

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer.  We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact us

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above of which 24 - 30 credits must be at Distinction.

Subjects

In addition to the Access to HE Diploma, you will also need an A-level in Mathematics, with at least grade B.

Physics A-level is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. 

Cambridge Pre-U Principle Subjects (including A-level mixes)

Typical offer

D3, M1, M2 

If you have one A-level and two Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects we would expect you to have a grade A in the A-level, and  D3 and M2 in the two Pre-Us.

If you have two A-levels and a Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subject we would normally expect you to have grades AB in 2 A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U.

Subjects

You must have either Mathematics at A-level or as a Cambridge Pre-U Principal subject.  Physics A-level is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. 

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

32-34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

IB Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5. 

Higher level Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis with only standard level.   

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate and two A-levels

Typical offer

Grades AB in A-levels and Distinction in BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate. 

Subjects

You will need A-level in Mathematics (grade A).

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDM-DDD

Subjects

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will also need A-level in Mathematics (with at least grade B).

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs grade 9-4  (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAABB-AABBB

If you are taking Scottish Advanced Highers we would normally ask for at least BBB.

 

Subjects

Highers must include Mathematics, with at least grade B. 

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades AAB – ABB.

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics. The A-level in 'Use of Mathematics' is not acceptable as meeting this requirement.

Physics A-level is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis without it. 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

32-34 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

IB Higher Levels must include Mathematics, with a grade of 5. 

Higher level Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis with only standard level.   

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 77% to 80%.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and between 92% to 88% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 3 to 4 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of between 1.8 to 2.0 or better for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 75% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses.

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAABB-AABBB from 5 grade 12 courses.

We also recognise the High School Diploma from other provinces -including Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick- where we look for strong performance in grade 12 subjects, and the Diplome d'Etudes Collegiales (DEC) from Quebec.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we may consider you if you have studied one year or more of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution, or if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you have the Senior High School Graduation, you may be eligible to apply for our International Foundation Year. If you successfully complete an International Foundation Year, you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex.

Check which qualifications the International Study Centre accepts for the International Foundation Year.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of between 4 and 4.2

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of between 19 /20 and 18.5 /20 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or Studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least 5.5 -5.75 in the final matriculation examinations.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential. 

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with overall final result of at least 13/20 to 14/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalaureat with a final result of at least 13/20 in Mathematics.

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.8 to 2.0 or better.

Additional requirements

You will need to achieve a final mark of at least 12/15 in Mathematics.

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 5, 4 to 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives

Additional requirements

You must have some advanced/higher level ability in Mathematics, and will need to complete both the Compulsory and Extended Mathematics components.

Advanced/higher-level ability in Physics is desirable.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average of at least 55544.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 80% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 80% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 80% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1,H1,H2,H2,H3 to H1,H2,H2,H3,H3.

Additional requirements

Highers must include Mathematics with a score of H1.

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma Di Maturità or Diploma Pass Di Esame Di Stato with a final Diploma mark of between 81/100 and 85/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential. 

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with grades of  AAB-ABB, Matriculation with a least a grade of 3.5 or UEC with an overall average grade B3 (75%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Opplaering - Pass with an overall average of between 4 to 4.5

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential. 

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

You can apply for direct entry to Year 1 if you are completing at least two years of Bachelor degree studies.

You'll normally need to complete a Foundation year after taking Intermediate Certificate or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).  You might choose one of our International Foundation Years at the International Study Centre on campus.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential. Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of between 17/20 and 18/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of between 8.7 and 9.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 25 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 8.0.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential (at least 8/10). 

Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing high levels of academic ability in both Mathematics and Physics is essential.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

We'll consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme, with a score of at least 4/5 or 80/100 in their final year, on a case by case basis for direct entry to year 1.

Where direct entry is unsuitable, we'll automatically consider you for one of our Foundation Years. Or you might want to apply to one of our International Foundation Years at the international Study Centre on Campus. Visit isc.sussex.ac.uk/our-courses/international-foundation-year or www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/foundation-years

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying, including the high school graduation diploma, Grade 12 GPA, SAT tests and subject tests and/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see 3 good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of between 5,5,4 to 5,4,4 in 3 AP subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300 and will look for around 600 in relevant subject tests.

If you've taken the ACT we'd expect to see a composite score of at least 26.

 

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics is essential.  Physics is desirable, but we will consider applicants on a case-by-case basis.

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A – C in English

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Don’t meet our entry requirements?

If you don't meet our entry requirements, we recommend our in-house Foundation Year course to prepare you for Year 1 of your chosen degree:

If you don't have the required language skills for this course you could consider the International Study Centre. The ISC offers a range of foundation courses in combination with English language teaching.

Modules

Find out about our types of undergraduate degrees, their structure, modules and credits

These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

    Autumn teaching
    Spring teaching

    Options

      Autumn teaching

      These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      Core modules

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching

        Study abroad (optional)

        Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you

        Placement (optional)

        Spending a year or term with a company is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you'll benefit from already having the experience employers are looking for.

        Recent Mathematical and Physical Sciences students have gone on placements at:

        • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd
        • NATS Holdings
        • HEFCE.

        Find out more about placements and internships.

        “It's given me an understanding of the processes behind research data analysis, and a skillset I can take with in the future.” Tim LingardTheoretical Physics MPhys

        Please note: If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

        These modules are running in the academic year 2018/19. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

        Core modules

          Autumn teaching

          Options

            Autumn teaching
            Autumn and spring teaching
            Spring teaching

            Life as an undergraduate student

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            Dr Stephan Huber

            Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics

            Research interests

            Beyond The Standard Model, Cosmology, Particle physics - theory, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry

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            Dr Simon Peeters

            Dr Simon Peeters

            Reader

            Research interests

            Data analysis, Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Instrumentation, sensors and detectors, Neutrino Physics, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - experiment

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            Prof Kathy Romer

            Prof Kathy Romer

            Professor of Astrophysics

            Research interests

            Astronomy, Astronomy & Space Science Technologies, Astronomy - observation, Cosmology, Data Mining

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            How is mathematics and graphical information used to communicate science? I confronted this real-life challenge in my research project.”Daniel Hajas
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