Faculty of Science and Engineering

Physics (with Teacher Training)


Year of entry:
UCAS code: F300

What you'll study

Students wishing to study Physics (with Teacher Training) must register on to BSc (Hons) Physics. Successful students will be transferred onto the teacher training pathway during year one of the degree. Transfer will be subject to the usual requirements for admission to teacher training, including: a successful period of experience in a school; successful interview; a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check; and GCSE maths and English at grade 4 or C or equivalent. Students who are interested in taking this option should apply for UCAS course F300, and will be guided on how to apply for the Teacher Training option during year 1 of the degree.

This programme is designed as an Integrated Masters, with 100 credits of level 7 subject matter in physics and 20 credits of educational material. This allows you to gain professional recognition, with the option to graduate at the end of the Honours stage with an accredited BSc. 

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Experimental Skills and Mathematics for Physics

    This module will introduce you to the operation of scientific instruments and experimental skills that you will need in order to study practical physics. You'll also develop your mathematical abilities so that you can solve problems in physics.

  • The Classical World

    This module delivers essential core physics covering two main themes: classical mechanics and optics. You will study Newton's Laws and extend them to simple fluid dynamics, and apply knowledge of optics in different regimes.

  • Gravitation and Astronomy

    This module delivers essential core physics in the area of gravitation and rotational mechanics through an introduction to astronomy and astrophysics. You will study Kepler's Laws, observational astronomy and telescopes, stellar and galaxy evolution, and introductory cosmology.

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 1

    This module will further develop your practical and mathematical skills. Team-based experimentation will allow you to explore aspects of practical physics, and higher complexity physical problems will be accessible to you due to extended skills in mathematics.

  • Electricity and Magnetism with Computation

  • From the Quantum World to the Macro World – an Introduction to Quantum Physics and the Properties of Matter

    This module presents an integrated view of matter, going from the quantum scale to the macro scale. You will explore how quantum physics can explain the behaviour of atoms, and how the collective behaviour of atoms can in turn explain the macroscopic properties of matter that we see around us.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • STEM Clubs: Their Role in Science Education

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 2

  • Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics and Special Relativity

    This module analyses the equilibrium behaviour of many-body systems from a macroscopic point of view (thermodynamics) and from a microscopic point of view (statistical physics). You'll study the behaviour of systems at significant fractions of the speed of light (special relativity).

  • Intermediate Quantum Mechanics with Advanced Computation

  • Experimental Physics and Mathematics 3

  • The Physics of Waves and Solid State

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Group Problem Solving

  • Advanced Quantum, Nuclear and Particle Physics

    Explore advanced concepts in quantum physics, nuclear and particle physics. What are the key theories and experiments of nuclear and particle physics? How can we apply quantum mechanics to solve problems in nuclear and particle physics? What is a Hilbert space? All of those topics will be covered using a mixture of lectures and workshops.

  • Matter at Extremes

  • Physics and QTS Pedagogy and Practice 1

    Link pedagogical knowledge with the practice of delivering engaging lessons, applying subject knowledge to construct explanations of the main theories in secondary school science teaching. This will also include opportunities to identify key elements of risk management and classroom management when planning lessons.

  • School Placements Project

    This module involves a teaching project, related to physics teaching, whilst working in a school on block placement. You will become familiar with the knowledge, understanding, and skills involved with teaching science in a secondary school, with the emphasis on physics.

  • Theories of Learning and Teaching

    This module encourages you to examine and critically evaluate the theories of learning and their application in the classroom, to support pupils’ learning and progress. Using your placement experience, you will reflect on how you employ these in your own teaching.

Integrated Masters

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Pedagogy and Practice 2

  • MPhys Project

  • Nanophysics and Nanophotonics

  • Quantum Technology

Optional modules

  • Advanced Materials

  • Lasers and their Applications

School experience

School placements will be managed and coordinated by the Teacher Education Office based in the Faculty of Education, in line with existing QTS provision. Links to the Teachers’ Standards will be made clear within each module to ensure you understand the relationship between your academic study and your placement activities within school. Throughout the programme you will develop a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards.

  • Year 1 – A minimum of five days’ primary/secondary experience.
  • Year 2 – A total of 24 days: one day per week over the year.
  • Year 3 – A total of 48 days, timetabled as two per week from January to June, with three days set aside for taught provision and academic study time.
  • Year 4 – A total of 48 days, timetabled as one day per week over the year, with block placements during September to October and June. 

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More about this course

This programme offers the double opportunity of gaining an undergraduate Masters degree in Physics and achieving qualified teacher status (QTS). You’ll pursue your subject specialism in greater depth than in the BSc Honours programme, with the Masters stage (fourth year) fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Physicist status. With sufficient work experience after graduation you will be eligible for this important professional recognition from the Institute of Physics.

The school-based experience element of the course includes no fewer than 120 days in school, both at primary and secondary level. Your training encompasses learning and teaching methods, demonstrating physics and maths concepts to aid understanding, conducting experiments and enabling students to solve problems.

In the physics programme you will study advanced topics such as numerical and computational physics, matter at extremes of high and low temperature and physics in technology, and you will undertake an advanced project designed to develop your experimental skills. In your final (Masters) year, the modules are strongly connected to research in the department, examples of which include quantum technologies, nanotechnology and nano-photonics, and lasers and their applications.

As a graduate of MPhys Physics with QTS, you will be fully prepared for a career in teaching, with the skills to spark a life-long interest in physics amongst young people.

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Where you'll study

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Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

120 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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Fees and funding

Fees may be subject to permitted inflationary increases in future years. 

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.

Future Prospects

MPhys Physics with QTS develops the skills and knowledge required of a specialist physics teacher at secondary level, through a combination of taught modules and teaching experience within a school.

The Institute of Physics places a great deal of emphasis on employability skills and we have included subject-specific skills, like problem solving, computer programming and experimental skills, and more general skills such as group and teamwork and the ability to communicate in writing and orally within various modules. We also have a member of staff dedicated to employability, who stages a number of extra-curricular activities to help you to build up your portfolio of activities during their course, for later use in compiling a CV and seeking your first career position.