In a course that covers both pure and applied physics, study fundamental physics from astronomical phenomena to quantum mechanics.

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Key Facts



BSc (Hons) Physics

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree


Start Dates

Degree Overview

Physics involves the exploration of nature in the broadest possible sense. Physicists discover how the universe behaves and use that knowledge for the benefit of humanity. Our course covers both pure and applied physics.

Develop a deep understanding of fundamental physics, from astronomical phenomena to quantum mechanics. As the course progresses, you’ll gain knowledge in classical physics as well as advancements in modern physics.

At Level 4, you’ll carry out a personal project involving practical experience in a research laboratory. For example, you could develop optical techniques to examine cancerous tissue, or investigate the behaviour of positrons in solar cell materials to identify missing atom defects that degrade performance.

Physics at the University of Dundee has had a tremendous impact on the modern world. We paved the way for the creation of LCD screens in the 70s and 80s. More recently, we have helped to understand how extra-solar planets form, and helped build optical diagnostic devices for CERN.

Much of what you learn will relate to& research that our staff carry out such as biophysics, advanced materials, and photonics. Our high staff-to-student ratio fosters a friendly environment and approachable lecturers.

Our Physics Society runs regular social events. They have organised trips to CERN, Munich, and Amsterdam as well as the annual Physics Ball. You can meet with students from all year groups to help guide you through the more challenging aspects of the course.

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If you do not meet our academic grade requirements for your chosen course, we can offer you an alternative route to begin your studies. Our international incorporated degrees will develop your subject knowledge, academic English and university level study skills.

Why Study this Degree

When you graduate, you'll have developed analytical and problem solving skills which are highly valued across many industries, including: defence micro-electronics medicine semi-conductors communications research and development IT optoelectronics education

You'll also have strong numerical and practical skills. This course develops the key transferable skills that employers are looking for. Research plays a key role in our teaching and within your final year project. You'll have an excellent opportunity to develop these independent research skills to prepare for a career in academia.

Many of our graduates go on to study for a PhD or other postgraduate qualification. Some examples of careers our graduates have chosen include: Information Governance Advisor – British Council Implementation Team Leader – Wood Geophysicist – Petroleum Geo Services Medical Physicist – NHS

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.