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Physics is exciting. Applied Physics is essential for innovation. This groundbreaking degree provides an opportunity for engagement in physics that will shape our future world.

Why study Applied Physics?

This degree focuses on Applied Physics rather than Physics. Applied Physics is the engineering side of physics meaning that greater emphasis is given to real life applications that are of benefit to humanity.

The programme aims to train the students in a range of topics of importance to humanity and to the future technological. There is constant development through collaborations with local industries in areas ranging from nanotechnology to medical physics.

Graduates will be well placed to pursue a career in academia or industry.

Why St Mary's?

The programme is based upon active problem-based learning and its focus is to equip students with all the skills they will need to become highly employable.

Lectures and tutorials are blended with practical classes to give to the students a complete, robust and well-rounded education in physics. A very strong emphasis is given to applications of Physics to our daily lives to develop the next generation of talented applied physicists.

Students will undertake individual and group project work either within the Applied Physics department or with one of our industrial partners.

Specific modules are designed to develop industry-standard skills in computing and programming including data processing. The specialist content of the course in the final year is strongly influenced by research expertise within the Applied Physics Department and our industrial partners.

The National Physical Laboratory

Famous as the home of the atomic clocks that provide the basis for the UK’s time and frequency measurements, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and is a world leading centre of excellence in Applied Physics employing over 500 scientists in 388 state-of-the-art laboratories on an extensive site in Teddington.

The majority of the experimental and project work in the Applied Physics degree will be undertaken at NPL in dedicated purpose-built laboratory facilities. Students will also have access to other facilities at NPL including the refectory and library.

A Student View

Kerri LoughneyKerri Loughney
"The Applied Physics degree combines both the theoretical and practical aspects of Physics, showing you real life applications of the theory. It also gives you the chance to do experiments within a working environment by offering the opportunity of a placement at the NPL or in industry. It is a fantastic opportunity to conduct experiments and with an open door policy for all lecturers, problems can be solved easily."


St Mary's course and employment stats

In the latest HESA Destinations of Leavers survey 95% of St Mary's students were employed or undertaking further study within six months of graduating.


St Mary's also scored 93% for teaching satisfaction and for 92% course satisfaction in the 2017 Guardian University Rankings.