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Dr Elisabetta Canetta

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

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Why study Applied Physics?

Applied Physics focuses on the engineering aspect of physics, meaning that greater emphasis is given to the real life applications of what you are taught.

The course is based on active, problem-based. learning. You will learn about a range of topics that are considered important to future technology and - more importantly - humanity. The degree aims to equip you with all the skills needed to be highly employable.

Collaborations with local industries (such as the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) in areas ranging from nanotechnology to medical physics, will aid your development and ensure you're well prepared to pursue a career in academia or industry after graduating.

Why St Mary's?

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

Throughout the degree, you will undertake individual and group project work either within the Applied Physics department or with one of our industry partners. You will also have the opportunity to learn popular programme languages (including Matlab and Python) for advanced data analysis and modelling.

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

Throughout the year, our Applied Physics department hosts range of outreach and public engagement events, including events for the 2016 transit of mercury and the 2015 solar eclipse.

Teaching methods

A variety of teaching methods are used including lectures, problem-solving tutorials, practical classes, seminars delivered by professional physicists, visits to research laboratories and research projects (both individual and as part of a team).

The methods are designed to encourage active learning and enhancement of your learning experience, enabling you to gain transferable skills - such as communication and independent working - as well as a knowledge and understanding of Physics and its most applied branches.

Assessment methods

A diverse range of assessment methods are used to ensure continuous assessment throughout your studies. These include coursework, scientific reports, lab books, oral and poster presentations, and exams.

Each of these methods will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of Physics, but will also help you to use them as learning tools to improve your academic performance, to learn new skills - such as scientific writing and communication - and enhance your learning experience.

Key facts

  • The degree offers the opportunity to undertake work placements and research projects in industries and research institutes, providing you with key skills that employers look for
  • Student-centred approach to teaching and learning; you will have the opportunity to tailor your own studies by choosing from a variety of optional modules
  • Graduates go on to work in the Research & Development departments of high profile industries and research institutes
  • Many Applied Physics graduates go on to study a Master's degree in a variety of physics subjects ranging from space engineering to theoretical physics
  • Taught on our historic Strawberry Hill campus in South West London
Please note: this programme is subject to revalidation.

Course content



Year one

  • Electricity and Magnetism Electronics 
  • Environmental Physics and Nanotechnology 
  • Heat and Thermodynamics Matter and Materials 
  • Mathematical Methods 1: Computing 
  • Particles, Waves and Quanta 
  • Practical Physics (Experimental Techniques, Data Measurement and Analysis) 

Year two

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics 
  • Biomechanics and Medical Physics 
  • Electromagnetism Electronics, Metrology and Standards 
  • Mathematical Methods 2: Advanced Computing and Statistical Mechanics 
  • Practical Physics 2: Instrumentation and Monitoring – Effects and techniques 
  • Solid State Physics: Optics 

Year three

  • 3D Manufacturing 
  • Acoustics 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Environmental Physics 
  • Many-Body Systems 
  • Mathematical Methods 3: Special and General Relativity 
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Please note: information published on this webpage is subject to change before the programme commences. Please refer to the programme specification document (PDF) for an authoritative summary of the programme.

Career opportunities

The main goal of the Applied Physics degree programme is to train you to become highly skilled and, therefore, a highly employable scientist in a variety of fields, including:

  • Environmental physics
  • Biophysics and medical physics 
  • Space physics
  • Telecommunications
  • Nanodevices 
  • 3D manufacturing

Graduates in Physics have rewarding and successful careers because physics methods and insights are widely applicable. Physicists are widely sought in almost every scientific field and beyond, such as:

  • Transport
  • TV
  • Music
  • Sport
  • Videogames
  • Education
  • Patent attorney
  • Finance
  • Structural engineering
  • Healthcare
  • Energy
  • Space
  • Environment and climate
  • Nanotechnology

The Careers Service has more information on careers and postgraduate study options available to Applied Physics students who have started their studies at St Mary’s.

There is also the opportunity to undertake a work placement as part of your degree. The Centre for Workplace Learning offers work-related modules that can be embedded within your studies.

Facilities

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Fees and funding

Home/EU: coming soon
International: £11,220

The tuition fees listed on this page are for the 2018/19 academic year.

For information on fees for other academic years - along with information about financing your studies - please check the Fees & Funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fee will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken. For further information about additional costs please email elisabetta.canetta@stmarys.ac.uk.

Further information

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