Faculty of Science and Engineering


UndergraduateBSc (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: F300

What you'll study

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

The laboratory is central to your studies where you learn to design experiments and develop practical skills. A global challenge module provides opportunity to tackle real world problems in an interdisciplinary team. Transfer between most physics courses - including the MPhys and BSc courses - is possible up to the end of the second year.

Core modules

  • 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

  • Physics by Inquiry: Concepts and Relations

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

You take advanced theoretical, practical and technological topics spanning the wide range of modern physics.

Core modules

  • Team Experimental Problem Solving & Project Planning

  • 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.

  • Numerical Modelling and Simulation

  • BSc Project

  • Matter at Extremes

Optional modules

  • Physics-based Technologies

  • Galactic and Extra-Galactic Astronomy

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More about this course

Whether you wish to explore the world at sub-atomic level or on a cosmological scale, you study Physics at Hull under the guidance of internationally recognised experts in their fields. Studying at Hull, you'll benefit from active hands-on learning with state-of-the-art facilities. Our graduates are in high demand across a variety of industries, establishing successful careers in some of the best-known laboratories and research facilities, including Jodrell Bank and the National Nuclear Laboratory.

This degree provides you with the concepts and mathematical tools for a deep understanding of modern physics. Your tutors are world leaders in areas of research, such as quantum information, condensed matter theory, cosmology, string theory and astrophysics. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and has been designed to have a cutting edge curriculum. The option of a foundation year is ideal if you do not have suitable qualifications for direct entry to the BSc degree. The four year integrated Masters degree is designed for students wishing to develop advanced research and development skills, and fully satisfies the educational requirements of the Chartered Physicist (CPhys) professional qualification. 

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Where you'll study

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Explore the universe from sub-atomic level to the cosmological under internationally-recognised experts.

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Entry requirements

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 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

Our graduates have found work in the UK and overseas with major companies such as Reckitt Benckiser, Rolls Royce and Atkins Engineering. Graduates are also in high demand in laboratories at Jodrell Bank, National Physical Laboratory or National Nuclear Laboratory. And there are opportunities in medical physics within the NHS, with some graduates entering NHS graduate schemes.

There is great demand for Physics teachers and there are generous scholarships available. Alternatively, some students prefer to continue their studies on MSc and PhD study courses.

Our courses are designed so that employability is at the heart of the curriculum. You will learn valuable communication and presentation skills that have helped our graduates find careers in areas as diverse as oil prospecting, defence, risk management and the Stock Exchange.

You will have access to lifelong careers guidance. The University of Hull’s commitment to employability does not end when you graduate. If you need guidance on your career path, or get to the point when you would like a career change, help and support is always available.