Undergraduate Degrees

UCAS Code Programme Title Duration  
F510 Astrophysics BSc 3 years  
F300 Physics BSc 3 years  
F340 Theoretical Physics BSc 3 years  
F511 Astrophysics MSci 4 years  
F303 Physics MSci 4 years  
F345 Theoretical Physics MSci 4 years  
Overview
The Department

Expected intake 114
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Applications per place 8
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Staff:student ratio 1:5
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Research Assessment:
60% of staff were rated 4*
(‘world-leading’) or 3*
(‘internationally excellent’)


What is the Research
Assessment Exercise?

The Physics and Astronomy Department at UCL is located in the heart of the historical area of Bloomsbury. Scientific research and study has been a strong feature of UCL since its inception in 1826 and the Department is currently one of the top ranked Physics departments in the country, and indeed the world.

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We have forged an internationally renowned reputation for being at the forefront of world leading research and providing high class teaching. Those joining us can expect to be part of a dynamic community of Physicists and Astronomers whose enthusiasm for science and innovation is exceptional.

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Transfers into Year 2 from other departments or other universities are not possible.

Entry requirements

A Levels
Grades A in Maths
A in Physics
A to B in another subject (For Theoretical Physics the third subject has to be Further maths)
AS Levels A pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent.
GCSEs English Language and Mathematics at grade C.
For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet this requirement following enrolment at UCL.
IB Diploma
 Points  36-38
 Subjects  A total of 17-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics at grade 6, with no score below 5.
English Language requirement

For native or near-native speakers:
IB Language A1 at either higher or standard level - grade 4 IB Language A2 at either higher or standard level - grade 4

For non-native speakers:
IB Language B at higher level - grade 4
IB Language B at standard level - grade 6

Other UK Qualifications
Birkbeck Certificate of Higher Education Distinctions in Mathematics in Parts 1, 2 and 3
Distinctions in Physics in Parts 1, 2 and 3
 Access to HE Diploma  Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 18-23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
 Advanced Diploma
 Level 3 Advanced Diploma (any individual line of learning) awarded with an overall minimum grade of A, plus 2 GCE A-levels awarded at a minimum of grades AA-AB in the additional/specialist learning component. See A-levels for subject requirements.
 BTEC  Edexcel level 3 "National" Extended Diploma (QCF) with Distinction in at least 3 subjects including Maths and Physics.
Foreign Qualifications
Entry requirement for other countries are listed here. If your county is not listed, please contact us.

Selection

If you are based in the UK, and your application demonstrates your suitability for the programme, you will be invited to a compulsory applicant open day. This will include presentations, a tour of facilities and an opportunity to meet current students and staff members.

If you are based outside the UK and are not able to attend an open day, this will not impact your chances of receiving an offer.

Further information on the application process

The aim of our teaching programme is to produce graduates who are independent scholars, having developed independent study and research skills during their degree programmes in the Department. We expect students to be highly motivated and dedicated to their studies, in an exciting and enriched environment for hard work.

There are three main components of your degree programme:

Lecture courses

Practical courses

Computer programming

  • Lectures (conveying basic information)
  • Problem sheets (homework)
  • Problem solving sessions (for guided practice)
  • End of year examination.

These take up about 20% of your time.

  • Basic laboratory skills
  • Standard experiments (usually with a partner)
  • Keyboard and computer skills (transferable skills)
  • Continuous assessment
  • Data analysis techniques (evaluating results)
  • Project work (extended experiments or research).

Tutorials

All students are assigned a Personal Tutor, who is the first point of contact for any confidential matters, such as domestic difficulties, on which help or advice is needed. There are a number of example classes in key subjects such as mathematics to help you in your work and your tutor can help you find additional help if you both feel that is needed. The tutor is also a key person in helping to develop your communication skills.

How is the final degree class arrived at?

The class of degree which you are awarded after three or four years of study at UCL is decided by the quality and quantity of the work you do during that period. Results of examinations are combined with continuous assessment marks in a simple formula to gauge your overall performance. The formula used recognises that some students do not settle immediately, so an increasing weight is given to results from each successive year of the programme.

Bsc / Msci Degree Programme Structure

This handbook gives information on how courses offered fit into particular degree structures as well as brief descriptions of the courses themselves. Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that all courses offered will run and that only the most usual pre-requisites for courses are given.

Detailed Course Descriptions

This listing contains details about all the constituent courses for full-time undergraduate programmes which are planned to be offered by the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the current Session. For each course you will find aims and objectives, the syllabus and its teaching and assessment methodology. 

Intercollegiate MSci

During the fourth year of their MSci degree programmes, UCL students have the opportunity to take some intercollegiate modules at Queen Mary, King's College and Royal Holloway.

Further information on the Intercollegiate programme
UCL Examination registration Form for Intercollegiate Students

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this document, the Department cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions contained herein.

Academic year

Example First-Year Undergraduate Physics Timetable (First-Term)

Example year 1 timetable

Next University of London Open Day: 10 & 11 September  2013

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UCL is pleased to offer guided tours of the campus by current UCL students. The tours are primarily for prospective students and their family members and normally last approximately an hour and a half, including an introductory presentation.

You are welcome to visit UCL on any weekday between 10.00 am - 4.00 pm and follow our self-guided tour; simply print out the page, then visit UCL and follow the tour route as shown.

The Physics Building is open to visitors between 10.00am and 4.00pm from Monday to Friday. On the first floor of the building, you will find the First Year Lab  and on the fourth floor, you can see the Undergraduate Common Room (A17), the computer cluster room (A19) and the departmental library (A27). The undergraduate office is in room E2 on the ground floor, however please note the admissions administrator may not always be available to meet you. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you can contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

If you are unable to visit in person, you can take a virtual tour of UCL instead. You'll be able to look inside lecture theatres, laboratories, the Library, Fitness Centre, the Bloomsbury Theatre and the Students' Union. Virtual tours of our Student Houses and Halls of Residence are also available. A list of Student Houses and Halls of Residence detailing prices and locations can be found on this document.

Please note that once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a compulsory UCAS Open Day where you will meet members of staff and current students and will be taken on a tour of the department and the campus. The visit will take place between November and March, well before the deadline for firming your university choices.