This course starts in 2023

Physics (research placement) MPhys

Physics (research placement) MPhys

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
A*AA
Contextual A-level offer:
AAA-AAB
UCAS code:
F302
Start date:
September 2023

This course is for you if you’re an academic high-flyer. It offers you the exciting opportunity to work on a cutting-edge research project here at Sussex each summer and get funding to cover your living expenses during that time. 

You’ll join our experts and immerse yourself in world-class research. From exploring the smallest particles, to observing the origins and evolution of our universe, and to unravelling our universe’s mysteries such as the nature of dark matter, quantum gravity and quantum effects in black holes, you’ll have the opportunity to work on any of our areas of expertise. In your integrated Masters year, you’ll also develop advanced physical skills through working further with one of the expert research groups in our Department.

Once you’ve joined us, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in what inspires you most:

  • Physics (find out about our Modules)
  • Astrophysics (find out about our Modules
  • Theoretical Physics (find out about our Modules). 
You’ll be part of a close community – our lively Physics Society arranges regular social eventsOur building is a real hub of activity. You’ll have all your practical sessions in our modern teaching laboratories. Outside the classroom, you can study or catch up with your friends in our popular student spaces.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist. Find out more

We understand that deciding where and what to study is a very important decision. We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the courses, services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, if we need to make material changes, for example due to significant disruption, or in response to COVID-19, we’ll let our students know as soon as possible.

MPhys or BSc?

We also offer this course without the research placements, as five-year MPhys with an industrial placement year, as a four-year BSc with an industrial placement year, or as a three-year BSc. Find out about the benefits of an integrated Masters year.

Working in the Emergent Photonics Laboratory, characterising the world’s first series of novel inks for generating Terahertz radiation, I’ve experienced first-hand how physics research is really done.Samuel Morgan
Physics (research placement) MPhys graduate

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Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

A*AA

Contextual offer

AAA-AAB

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics and Physics at grade A.

 

GCSEs

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 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

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

Typical offer

D3, D3, 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 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 A*A in 2 A-levels and D3 in the Pre-U.

Subjects

You must have Mathematics and Physics at either A-level or as a Cambridge Pre-U Principal subject.  

GCSEs

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

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Mathematics and Physics with a grade of 6.

For entry, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

     

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

Typical offer

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

Contextual offer

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

Not everyone has the same support to get to higher education – we help you reach your potential. When we receive applications through UCAS, we consider all factors and will sometimes make contextual offers as part of our Access and Participation Plan

Subjects

You will need an A-level in Mathematics and Physics.

GCSEs

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

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

AAAAA

Subjects

Highers must include Mathematics and Physics, at grade A.

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-level grades A*AA

Subjects

A-levels must include Mathematics and Physics.  

GCSEs

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

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

36 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Subjects

Higher Levels must include Mathematics and Physics with a grade of 6.

For entry, either Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation at Higher Level will be accepted.

     

European Baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 83%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in Mathematics is essential (normally with a final grade of at least 8.5) and Higher level Physics.

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and a score of 95% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER, or a Queensland OP of 2 or better.

 

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 1.6 for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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) 80% from 6 grade 12 U, U/C or M courses

British Columbia Certificate of Graduation AAAAB 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 and Physics is essential.  

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

China

Typical offer

If you have the Goakao, we will consider applications for direct entry to first year. You would normally need an overall average of 75%, including required subjects.

We are also pleased to consider applications if you are following a recognised International Foundation Year or you have one or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution.

The Senior High School Graduation alone would not be sufficient for entry to our undergraduate degrees, but 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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 at least 5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 19/20 and above will be considered for first-year entry.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 10 on the new grading scale.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Finland

Typical offer

Pass Ylioppilastutkinto with overall final result of at least EEEM

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

France

Typical offer

French Baccalauréat with an overall final result of 15/20.

Additional requirements

You will need to be taking the science strand within the French Baccalaureat with a final result of at least 14/20 in Mathematics and Physics.

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

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 1.6.

Additional requirements

You will need to achieve a final mark of at least 14/15 in Mathematics and Physics.

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

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 19.5 will be considered for first-year entry. 

You must also have either Apolytirion pathway in Mathematics and Physics with a score of 20 or the Pan Hellenic in Mathematics and Physics with an overall score of 18.

Additional requirements

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, 5 from three subjects including two electives

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 55555.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results

  • 85% from ISC Indian School certificate of Education (CISCE)  
  • 85% from SSC All India Senior School Certificate Examination (CBSE)
  • 85% HSC Higher Secondary Certificate ( Maharashtra )

 

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Iran

Typical offer

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

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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,H2.

Additional requirements

Highers must include Mathematics and Physics with a score of H1.

 

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 90/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Japan

Typical offer

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

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Please note

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

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Pass the Diplome de Fin d’Etudes Secondaires with 48 points overall

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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  AAA, Matriculation with a least a grade of 4.0 or UEC with an overall average grade A2 (80%).

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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.

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

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 5

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications 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 to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Poland

Typical offer

Pass Matura with least 3 Extended level subjects including Mathematics and Physics in the 85th percentile.

 

Additional requirements

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 19/20.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 9.0 including a score of 9 in Mathematics and Physics

Additional requirements

 

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

Russia

Typical offer

Applicants who have good grades in the Attestat o Srednem Obrazovami (Certificate of Secondary Education) and who have successfully completed the first year of a Russian University degree, with a minimum GPA of 4.0, will be considered for admission to the first year of our bachelor’s degree courses.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Please note

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Please note

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

Slovakia

Typical offer

Pass Vysvedčenie o maturitnej skúške (Maturita)  with an average grade of 1.2 from 4 subjects including Mathematics and Physics.

 

Additional requirements

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 26 points overall.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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 8.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

Please note

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

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg/Högskoleförberedande Examen with a total of 2,500 credits to include A and B grades in the majority of subjects 

and to include grade A in Mathematics and Physics.

 

 

Additional requirements

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 academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability to a high level in Mathematics and Physics is essential.  

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

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/or ACT grades  We are particularly interested in AP tests and would ideally like to see three good AP scores

Advanced Placement Tests with scores of 5,5,5 in three subjects.

If you have taken the SAT reasoning tests we'd normally expect a combined score of at least 1300.

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 and Physics is essential.  

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)

6.0 overall, including at least 5.5 in each component

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our language requirements

Find out more about IELTS

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing.

Check your TOEFL qualification meets all of our language requirements

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

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 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

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% or Grade 3

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

Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for international students

Yes. Find out more about ATAS clearance on the Student Hub.

Transfers into Year 2

No

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

For details on any additional costs, check out the Fees and scholarships section.

Modules

This is a single-honours course, allowing you to focus in depth on your core subject.

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

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

We’ll display the modules running in the academic year 2023/24 as soon as possible.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

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    Options

    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

    While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

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      Explore modules from other subjects as part of your course

      At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

      As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. Exploring different disciplines in your first two years of study is an opportunity for you to enrich your learning experience.

      Discover our electives and pathways

      We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

      We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

      We’ll display the modules running in the academic year 2023/24 as soon as possible.

      Core modules

      Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

        Autumn teaching
        Spring teaching

        Options

        Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

        While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

          Autumn teaching
          Spring teaching

          Explore modules from other subjects as part of your course

          At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

          As part of this degree, you can explore subjects that are different to your course through electives and pathways that complement your main subject. Exploring different disciplines in your first two years of study is an opportunity for you to enrich your learning experience.

          Discover our electives and pathways

          We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

          We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

          We’ll display the modules running in the academic year 2023/24 as soon as possible.

          Core modules

          Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

            Autumn teaching
            Spring teaching

            Options

            Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

            While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

              Spring teaching

              We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

              We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below.

              We’ll display the modules running in the academic year 2023/24 as soon as possible.

              Core modules

              Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

                Autumn and spring teaching

                Options

                Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research.

                While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.

                  Autumn teaching
                  Spring teaching

                  Research placements (each summer throughout this degree)

                  Our MPhys course with a research placement is a stimulating intellectual challenge for well-qualified students, providing unique training for a future research career. You can apply to work on a research problem with a member of faculty in the Department of Physics and Astronomy each summer before Years 2, 3 and 4.

                  During the summer research placements, you receive funding to cover your living expenses. 

                  Find out more about our research placements and summer projects at Department of Physics and Astronomy: Undergraduate Research

                  In the summer, you work in a research group or alongside a supervisor on a project where you can learn new skills and techniques that other undergraduates would never get to do, and contribute to science at the same time.”Daniel Pollard
                  Physics (research placement) MPhys 

                  Find out more about studying Physics at Sussex, including astrophysics, theoretical physics and particle physics

                  Our staff

                  I work on the ATLAS experiment at the CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, seeking answers to fundamental questions such as ‘What is the nature of dark matter?Professor Antonella De Santo
                  Professor of Physics

                  Fees

                  Home students:
                  £9,250 per year
                  Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
                  £9,250 per year
                  International students:
                  £23,175 per year

                  Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis. Find details on our tuition fees page.

                  Additional costs

                  Note about additional costs

                  Please note that all costs are best estimates based on current market values. Activities may be subject to unavoidable change in response to Government advice. We’ll let you know at the earliest opportunity. We review estimates every year and they may vary with inflation. Find out how to budget for student life.

                  Placements

                  You will take part in research placements during the summer, usually on the University campus. You will get bursaries for your placements:

                  Year 1: £1,000 for a four-week placement
                  Year 3: £2,000 for an eight-week placement.

                  In Year 2, if you're applying for the Junior Research Associate (JRA) Scheme, you'll receive either JRA funding or £2,000. If you don't apply for the JRA, you won't receive a bursary. Find out more about the Junior Research Associate (JRA) Scheme

                  Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

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                  Scholarships

                  Our goal is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to regardless of financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique people.

                  • Article 26 Scholarship
                    • Full international tuition fee waiver 
                    • £11,500 maintenance per year of undergraduate study (up to 4 years)
                    • Sussexsport membership

                    Find out more

                  • Chancellor's International Scholarships

                    £5,000 per year of full time study

                    Find out more

                  • Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (Organ)

                    £800 cash award. In addition, the selected recipient will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

                    Find out more

                  • Dr John Birch Music Scholarships

                    £800 cash award. In addition, scholars will receive access to the music practice rooms in the School of Media, Arts and Humanities (MAH). All applicants who reach the audition stage, regardless of the success of their application, will be offered the opportunity to be part of a list of performers who are willing to perform at events around campus or are interested in collaboration with other musicians.

                    Find out more

                  • Sports Scholarships Scheme

                    Recipients of the scholarship can receive between £500-£1,250 per year as well as a range of other benefits.

                    Find out more

                  Careers

                  We are a core part of the SEPnet (South East Physics Network) consortium, which gives us links to universities and industries across the region. 

                  On your course, you’ll develop versatile and transferable skills. This prepares you for finding jobs in industry or academia. Many of our graduates go on to postgraduate research and PhD study. Others find graduate jobs in a diverse range of fields, including:

                  • aerospace
                  • consulting
                  • geophysics
                  • teaching
                  • the scientific Civil Service.
                  During your course, you’ll get dedicated careers and CV advice. With careers fairs, forums and a dedicated careers officer, we support your career development from day one. You’ll have opportunities to meet potential employers.
                   
                  You’ll have a wide range of paid work opportunities within the Department – from teaching and research opportunities in the summer, to outreach roles throughout the year.

                  Graduate destinations

                  Recent Physics and Astronomy graduates have started their careers as:

                  • SAP applications consultant at Capgemini
                  • geophysicist at CGG
                  • graduate diagnostic physicist at Diamond Light Source.

                  Some of our graduates have also gone on to study for a postgraduate qualification (for example a PhD, MSc or PGCE).

                  (Department of Physics and Astronomy careers database)

                  Working while you study

                  Our Careers and Entrepreneurship team can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

                  My job involves a lot of data analysis and research into ATLAS Supersymmetry. The research placement gave me a real idea of what it is like to do research as a job.”Emma Kuwertz
                  Research Fellow at CERN
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