Physics Degree Courses in the UK - Bachelors & Masters

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
University of Strathclyde 89% 0% 10% £9250 £21150 192 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 96% 10% 17% £9000 £16300 99 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 79% 2% 4% £9250 £24700 177 Bristol On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 82% 5% 8% £9250 £25700 152 Loughborough On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 79% 2% 4% £9250 £24700 177 Bristol On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 82% 5% 8% £9250 £25700 153 Loughborough On campus Full-time
Queen's University of Belfast 83% 0% 0% £9250 £21400 157 Belfast On campus Full-time
University College London 77% 4% 2% £9250 £28500 176 London On campus Full-time
Royal Holloway, University of London 75% 0% 5% £9250 £21900 135 Egham On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 88% 5% 8% £9250 £25700 157 Loughborough On campus Full-time
University of Southampton 81% 4% 30% £9250 £22760 181 Southampton On campus Full-time
The University of York 82% 3% 0% £9250 £24000 152 York On campus Full-time
Birkbeck, University of London 82% 3% 0% £6750 £6750 152 London On campus Part-time
University of Strathclyde 73% 3% 10% £9250 £16400 197 Glasgow On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 80% 2% 10% £9250 £24700 175 Bristol On campus Full-time
University of Lincoln 81% 0% 5% £9250 £15900 129 Lincoln On campus Full-time
University College London 77% 4% 2% £9250 £28500 176 London On campus Full-time
University of Keele 89% 0% 0% £9250 £17900 112 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
University of Essex 62% 0% 4% £9250 £17700 103 Colchester On campus Full-time
The University of York 82% 3% 5% £9250 £24000 152 York On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 83% 0% 5% £27750 £84080 244 Glasgow On campus Full-time
The University of Edinburgh 77% 2% 0% £9250 £23100 230 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
University of Essex 62% 0% 4% £9250 £17700 103 Colchester On campus Full-time
University of Essex 62% 0% 4% £9250 £17700 103 Colchester On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 70% 5% 15% £9250 £19500 175 Dundee On campus Full-time
The University of York 82% 3% 0% £9250 £24000 169 York On campus Full-time
Heriot-Watt University 91% 5% 1% £9250 £15384 195 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
University of Exeter 81% 5% 3% £9250 £22500 163 Exeter On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 91% 10% 17% £9000 £14300 96 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 2% £9250 £23000 174 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Southampton 81% 4% 10% £9250 £19300 183 Southampton On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 2% £9250 £23000 167 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Heriot-Watt University 91% 5% 1% £9250 £16000 195 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
Imperial College of Science 87% 2% 1% £9250 £36200 208 London On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 0% £9250 £25000 154 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Imperial College of Science 87% 2% 10% £9250 £36200 193 London On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 2% £9250 £25000 154 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Keele 84% 0% 9% £9250 £17000 109 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
University of Strathclyde 84% 0% 9% £9250 £15150 109 Glasgow On campus Full-time
University of Huddersfield 84% 0% 9% £9250 £16000 109 Huddersfield On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 81% 5% 5% £4500 £25500 107 Manchester On campus Full-time
University of Lincoln 93% 0% 0% £8100 £16000 113 Lincoln On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 82% 0% 10% £11900 £26500 144 Loughborough On campus Full-time
Royal Holloway, University of London 68% 0% 0% £8300 £17600 161 Egham On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 88% 5% 0% £9250 £24700 147 Bristol On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 70% 5% 15% £9250 £23650 165 Dundee On campus Full-time
Queen's University of Belfast 79% 0% 5% £9250 £21400 201 Belfast On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 94% 5% 0% £9250 £25000 172 Nottingham On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 94% 5% 0% £9250 £22620 172 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Imperial College of Science 72% 0% 1% £9250 £36200 213 London On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 100% 0% 0% £37000 £94590 213 Glasgow On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 79% 2% 10% £9250 £24700 173 Bristol On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 60% 2% 5% £9250 £24700 199 Bristol On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 78% 10% 16% £4875 £12750 131 Manchester On campus Part-time
The University of Manchester 78% 10% 16% £4500 £25500 131 Manchester On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 78% 1% 1% £9750 £25500 192 Manchester On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 78% 1% 1% £9750 £25500 192 Manchester On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 91% 10% 17% £9000 £16300 92 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
University of Southampton 70% 5% 10% £9250 £19500 173 Southampton On campus Full-time
University of Strathclyde 100% 0% 10% £9250 £21150 191 Glasgow On campus Full-time
The University of York 82% 3% 5% £9250 £24000 153 York On campus Full-time
University of Exeter 72% 0% 3% £9250 £25000 176 Exeter On campus Full-time
University of Exeter 72% 0% 3% £9250 £25000 176 Exeter On campus Full-time
University of Sussex 84% 10% 8% £9250 £22500 138 Brighton On campus Full-time
Heriot-Watt University 91% 5% 0% £9250 £9250 £19792 £20584 152 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
Durham University 91% 10% 5% £9250 £28500 207 Durham On campus Full-time
University of Hull 82% 0% 5% £9250 £17550 114 Hull On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 88% 3% 1% £9000 £23450 151 Cardiff On campus Full-time
University of Sussex 84% 10% 8% £9250 £22500 138 Brighton On campus Full-time
University of Southampton 67% 4% 5% £9250 £22760 158 Southampton On campus Full-time
University of Strathclyde 75% 3% 10% £9250 £21150 184 Glasgow On campus Full-time
The University of Sheffield 100% 6% 0% £9250 £25670 139 Sheffield On campus Full-time
The University of Edinburgh 76% 2% 0% £9250 £30400 198 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 87% 10% 0% £4260 £15750 118 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
University of Portsmouth 83% 10% 6% £9250 £18300 100 Portsmouth On campus Full-time
The University of Sheffield 100% 6% 0% £9250 £25670 139 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Huddersfield 70% 10% 15% £2362 £5000 86 Huddersfield On campus Part-time
Royal Holloway, University of London 73% 0% 0% £9250 £23200 141 Egham On campus Full-time
University College London 71% 15% 0% £9250 £31200 151 London On campus Full-time
University of Southampton 68% 5% 10% £9250 £22760 151 Southampton On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 84% 5% 0% £9000 £23450 144 Cardiff On campus Full-time
University of East Anglia 48% 0% 5% £9250 £21700 120 Norwich On campus Full-time
The University of Edinburgh 70% 0% 0% £9250 £30400 191 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 69% 5% 0% £27750 £84080 £95800 218 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Imperial College of Science 54% 0% 0% £9250 £36200 207 London On campus Full-time
University of Lincoln 93% 0% 10% £9250 £15900 88 Lincoln On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 100% 5% 0% £9250 £25700 145 Loughborough On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 87% 10% 17% £9000 £16300 86 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
The University of Sheffield 84% 10% 10% £9250 £25670 143 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Exeter 73% 10% 5% £9250 £25000 166 Exeter On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 76% 0% 0% £9250 £25000 144 Nottingham On campus Full-time
The University of Sheffield 84% 10% 10% £9250 £25670 143 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Hull 82% 5% 0% £9250 £17550 98 Hull On campus Full-time
Aberystwyth University 87% 10% 35% £9000 £16300 64 Aberystwyth On campus Full-time
University of East Anglia 48% 0% 5% £9250 £21700 120 Norwich On campus Full-time
University of Sussex 85% 10% 0% £9250 £18500 146 Brighton On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 70% 5% 15% £9250 £23650 158 Dundee On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 82% 5% 8% £9250 £20750 152 Loughborough On campus Full-time
University of Keele 74% 0% 0% £9250 £17900 121 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 0% £9250 £25000 161 Nottingham On campus Full-time
The University of Nottingham 88% 3% 2% £9250 £25000 152 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Keele 74% 0% 0% £9250 £14000 121 Newcastle under Lyme On campus Full-time
Durham University 92% 0% 0% £9250 £28500 209 Durham On campus Full-time
University of Bristol 68% 0% 5% £9250 £24700 183 Bristol On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 88% 3% 1% £9000 £23450 151 Cardiff On campus Full-time
The University of York 82% 3% 25% £9250 £24000 144 York On campus Full-time
University of St Andrews 90% 0% 0% £9250 £25100 218 St Andrews On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 70% 5% 15% £9250 £23650 165 Dundee On campus Full-time
University of East Anglia 48% 0% 5% £9250 £21700 120 Norwich On campus Full-time
University of Sussex - - - - - - Brighton On campus Full-time
University of the West of Scotland 88% 0% 1% £9250 - 140 Paisley On campus Full-time
University of Brighton 83% 0% 0% - - 157 Brighton On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 4% 0% - - 181 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 4% 0% - - 181 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Surrey 92% 0% 3% - - 136 Guildford On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 73% 0% 25% - - 197 Manchester On campus Full-time
The University of Warwick 86% 0% 5% £9250 - 192 Coventry On campus Full-time
University of Aberdeen 95% 0% 0% - - 167 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
University of Wolverhampton 91% 15% 5% £9250 - 88 Wolverhampton On campus Full-time
Nottingham Trent University 87% 0% 0% - - 112 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Nottingham Trent University 87% 0% 0% - - 112 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 4% 0% - - 190 Bath On campus Full-time
Coventry University 83% 0% 10% £9250 - 138 Coventry On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 80% 5% 1% - - 143 Liverpool On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 80% 5% 1% - - 143 Liverpool On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 80% 5% 1% - - 143 Liverpool On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 80% 5% 1% - - 143 Liverpool On campus Full-time
University of Central Lancashire 80% 5% 1% £9250 - 143 Preston On campus Full-time
The University of Edinburgh 80% 5% 1% - - 143 Edinburgh On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 84% 0% 9% £9250 - 109 Glasgow On campus Full-time
University of Worcester 84% 0% 9% - - 109 Worcester On campus Part-time
University of Cumbria 84% 0% 9% £9250 - 109 Carlisle On campus Part-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Canterbury On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 83% 0% 0% - - 166 Cardiff On campus Full-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Canterbury On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Cardiff On campus Full-time
University of Birmingham 93% 0% 0% - - 113 Birmingham On campus Full-time
Cardiff University 82% 0% 10% - - 144 Cardiff On campus Full-time
Newcastle University 79% 5% 10% - - 147 Newcastle On campus Part-time
King's College London 65% 15% 6% £9250 - 161 London On campus Full-time
University of Birmingham 79% 0% 1% £9250 - 189 Birmingham On campus Full-time
Queen Mary University of London 78% 10% 16% £9250 - 131 London On campus Full-time
Queen Mary University of London 78% 10% 16% £9250 - 131 London On campus Full-time
University of Birmingham 79% 0% 0% £9250 - 182 Birmingham On campus Full-time
King's College London 65% 20% 10% £9250 - 174 London On campus Full-time
Queen Mary University of London 78% 10% 16% - - 131 London On campus Full-time
University of Surrey 94% 0% 10% - - 163 Guildford On campus Full-time
Newcastle University 79% 5% 10% £9250 - 147 Newcastle On campus Full-time
Northumbria University 76% 0% 10% - - 119 Newcastle On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 4% 0% - - 173 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 4% 0% - - 173 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Canterbury On campus Full-time
University of Oxford 78% 0% 2% - - 211 Oxford On campus Full-time
University of Leeds 80% 0% 5% - - 169 Leeds On campus Full-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Canterbury On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 80% 0% 0% - - 143 Liverpool On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 80% 0% 0% - - 143 Manchester On campus Full-time
The University of Manchester 75% 2% 0% - - 214 Manchester On campus Full-time
University of Hertfordshire 77% 0% 5% - - 93 Hatfield On campus Full-time
University of Central Lancashire 72% 5% 15% £9250 - 111 Preston On campus Full-time
University of Bath 90% 0% 0% - - 176 Bath On campus Full-time
Lancaster University 76% 5% 5% £9250 - 188 Lancaster On campus Full-time
University of Leicester 87% 10% 0% - - 118 Leicester On campus Part-time
University of Leicester 93% 0% 0% - - 141 Leicester On campus Full-time
University of Central Lancashire 72% 5% 15% £6000 - 111 Preston On campus Full-time
Nottingham Trent University 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Sussex 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Brighton On campus Full-time
The University of Warwick 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Coventry On campus Full-time
University of Dundee 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Dundee On campus Full-time
Lancaster University 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Lancaster On campus Part-time
University of Birmingham 70% 10% 15% - - 86 Birmingham On campus Part-time
University of the West of Scotland 74% 5% 5% £9250 - 125 Paisley On campus Full-time
University of Chester 76% - 40% £9250 - 102 Chester On campus Full-time
University of Leicester 88% 0% 5% - - 111 Leicester On campus Full-time
University of Exeter 73% 10% 5% £9250 - 166 Exeter On campus Full-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 4% - - 74 Canterbury On campus Full-time
University of Birmingham 79% 0% 1% £9250 - 189 Birmingham On campus Full-time
Swansea University 86% 10% 10% - - 142 Swansea On campus Full-time
University of Kent 81% 5% 5% - - 107 Canterbury On campus Full-time
King's College London 58% 5% 5% £9250 - 154 London On campus Full-time
Swansea University 86% 10% 10% - - 142 Swansea On campus Full-time
University of Salford 73% 0% 20% - - 118 Salford On campus Full-time
University of Birmingham 82% 0% 0% £9250 - 184 Birmingham On campus Full-time
Royal Holloway, University of London 73% 0% 0% £9250 - 141 Egham On campus Full-time
Swansea University 86% 10% 10% - - 142 Swansea On campus Full-time
University of Salford 73% 0% 20% - - 118 Salford On campus Full-time
University of Surrey 92% 0% 0% - - 126 Guildford On campus Full-time
University of Bath 80% 5% 0% - - 161 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Surrey 92% 0% 0% - - 126 Guildford On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 56% 5% 0% - - 124 Liverpool On campus Full-time
Nottingham Trent University 80% 0% 0% - - 115 Nottingham On campus Full-time
University of Surrey 93% 5% 0% - - 134 Guildford On campus Full-time
Swansea University 86% 10% 10% - - 142 Swansea On campus Full-time
Sheffield Hallam University 94% 5% 15% - - 98 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Wolverhampton 92% 5% 5% £9250 - 85 Wolverhampton On campus Full-time
University of the West of Scotland 74% 5% 20% £9250 - 156 Paisley On campus Full-time
University of Wolverhampton 92% 5% 0% £9250 - 85 Wolverhampton On campus Full-time
Coventry University 89% 0% 10% £9250 - 112 Coventry On campus Full-time
Loughborough University of Technology 100% 5% 0% £9250 - 145 Loughborough On campus Full-time
University of Chester 76% - 25% £9250 - 121 Chester On campus Full-time
Queen Mary University of London 78% 10% 16% £9250 - 131 London On campus Full-time
University of Aberdeen 95% 0% 10% - - 170 Aberdeen On campus Full-time
University of East Anglia 48% 0% 5% £9250 - 120 Norwich On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 56% 5% 0% - - 124 Liverpool On campus Full-time
Sheffield Hallam University 94% 5% 15% - - 98 Sheffield On campus Full-time
University of Bath 94% 0% 0% - - 177 Bath On campus Full-time
University of Liverpool 88% 5% 0% - - 145 Liverpool On campus Full-time
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Student Reviews

Overall student satisfaction
78 /100
20425 students of Physics in the UK replied

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the <a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-information-and-data/national-student-survey-nss">Office for Students</a>

Salary

Primarily based on salary data of undergraduate students

Salary of all UK Graduates of Physics

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £27538 £28439 £32804
25-75 percentile range £23982 - £31543 £22409 - £35540 £26124 - £43263

Salary of all UK Graduates of all subjects

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28260 £28338 £34135
25-75 percentile range £24271 - £32171 £23163 - £35292 £26932 - £44315

Jobs & Career Perspectives

Career perspectives for Physics

15 months after graduation, graduates of this subject were asked about their current circumstances of employment, what they do, and whether their activities and perspectives are directly related to their studies.

Current jobs

Among graduates of Physics who indicated that they are working, the percentage below represents the number who “agree” or “strongly agree” with the statements about their job.

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Typical employers for graduates of Physics

  • Academic Institutions
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • Government Research Organisations
  • The Armed Forces
  • Aerospace and Defence Industry
  • Education Industry
  • Energy and Renewable Energy Industry
  • Engineering Industry
  • Health and Medicine Industries
  • Instrumentation Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Meteorology and Climate Change Industries
  • Nanotechnology Industry
  • Oil and Gas Industries
  • Science and Telecommunications Industries

Specialisations within Physics

  • Astrophysics
  • Particle Physics
  • Biotechnology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Meteorology
  • Aerospace Dynamics
  • Atomic and Laser Physics
  • Atmospheric
  • Oceanic and Planetary Physics
  • Climate Science

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Among graduates of Physics who indicated that they are working, the percentage below represents the number of highly skilled vs non-highly skilled jobs (Unistats).

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of Physics (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physics at Imperial College of Science

31% Information Technology Professionals
14% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
14% Finance Professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
9% Natural and social science professionals
5% Legal professionals
4% Administrative occupations
4% Teaching Professionals
2% Managers, directors and senior officials
2% Engineering professionals

Grading Distribution

Students of Physics in the UK received the following grades.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for Physics

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FAQ

  • The following degrees are offered for Physics studies:
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Master of Science - MSc
  • Master of Physics - MPhys
  • Master in Science (Honours) - MSci (Hons)
  • Master of Science (Honours) - Msci (Hons)
  • Master of Mathematics - MMath (Hons)
  • Certificate of Higher Education - CertHE
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Scotland) - PGDE
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE
  • Master of Science (Research) - MSc (Res)
  • Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
  • Master of Research - MRes
  • Master of Philosophy - MPhil
  • Master in Physics (Honours) - MPhys (Hons)
  • Bachelor of Science - BSc
  • Master of Mathematics and Physics - MMath
  • Master of Mathematics - MMath
  • Masters in Research - MRes
  • Master of Science (Postgraduate) - MSc (PG)
  • Foundation Degree in Science - FdSc

The median salary of graduates of Physics was £27538 15 months after graduation, £28439 3 years after graduation and £32804 5 years after graduation.

Physics at Loughborough University of Technology received the highest rating among all graduates in the National Student Survey year with a rating of 100 out of 100 among 14 respondents.