Imperial College of Science
Physics BSc (Hons)
Imperial College of Science

Key Course Facts

Course Description

This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Physics. As well as your main Imperial degree (BSc), you will also receive the award of the Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS) on completion of this course.

Physics at Imperial covers a broad range of topics in both fundamental and applied physics. All of our physics courses follow the same core curriculum for the first two years. This gives you a good grounding in physics, mathematics and experimental methods, and prepares you for advanced study in later years. Topics include:

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanics

  • Electromagnetism

  • Quantum physics

  • Relativity

  • Optics

  • Thermodynamics

A wide range of optional modules is available as you progress through the course, many of which are directly linked to the research of our nine internationally-recognised research groups so you’ll be learning at the very cutting edge of the subject. Research in our Department has contributed to ground-breaking discoveries in many different fields, from astrophysics to quantum optics and laser science.

This freedom to tailor the course to your interests allows you to continue with a broad physics education or specialise in a particular area such as theoretical physics or plasma physics. Current areas covered in year three include:

  • Astrophysics

  • Medical imaging

  • Plasma physics

  • Cosmology

  • Laser technology

  • X-rays and ultrasound

  • Nuclear diagnostics and MRI

All our courses include a substantial final-year project, usually within one of our research groups. Practical work is an important part of the Physics curriculum at Imperial, and you will have access to state-of-the-art facilities as well as data collected from major experiments such as CERN. You will also gain a solid understanding of how to use computers as tools to help model and understand the physics of complicated phenomena. This includes using computers to make advanced calculations and analyse data, and how to use the programming language Python.

The high level of shared content in the first two years of our Physics degrees means that transfer to another degree within the Department is usually possible in the first two years. If you are an international student, transferring to a different course could have an impact on your Tier 4 visa, but our International Student Support Team are here to help advise and support you.

Please note there is no benefit in applying to multiple courses within the Department of Physics, and you should only apply to one course from this department.

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 15 graduates of Physics BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Physics.

Overall student satisfaction
54 /100
15 total respondents

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Physics BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physics BSc (Hons) at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £32000 £35000 £43500
25-75 percentile range £27500 - £40000 £29500 - £44000 £34000 - £57500


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

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Physics, BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Physics BSc (Hons) at Imperial College of Science

65% Information Technology Professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Finance Professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Business and public service associate professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution



Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Must include: A* in Mathematics A in Physics General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted. If you are made an offer you will be required to achieve a pass in the practical endorsement in all science subjects that form part of the offer.

Must include: 7, 6, 6 at higher level which must include Mathematics and Physics (grades any order)

Must include: D2 in Mathematics D3 in Physics

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
Cambridge English Advanced For pre-2015 test, the College requires grade B overall. If your test result is 2016 onwards, the College requires 185 overall with 176 in all elements/bands
IELTS (Academic) 7 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 6.5 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic 69 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 62 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
TOEFL (iBT) 100 Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 22 is required in all bands. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Physics, BSc (Hons).

Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Imperial College London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Physics BSc (Hons)

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £36200 year 1
International £36200 year 1

Additional fee information

For further information on fees, funding, loans and grants, see: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/ug/fees-and-funding/

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Imperial College of Science in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of Imperial College of Science in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #3 
    • #13 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject - Times Higher Education
    [Published 13 October, 2021]
    • #12 
    • #22 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #21 
    • #34 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #3 
    • #37 
    Physical Sciences
    Nature Index - Top Academic Institutions by Subject
    [Published 16 June, 2022]
    • #25 
    • #44 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #35 
    • #62 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #39 
    • #63 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #3 
    • #24 
    Physics
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]
    • #18 
    • #25 
    Physics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 11 September, 2021]
    • #4 
    • #38 
    Physics
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #4 
    • #5 
    Physics & Astronomy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #3 
    • #12 
    Physics & Astronomy
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

See all university rankings of Imperial College of Science

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About Imperial College of Science

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine (also known as Imperial College London) is a publicly funded university that provides Undergraduate and Postgraduate education in each of its specialist disciplines. Prospective students can expect to find the latest state-of-the-art materials in each department, as well as well-equipped leisure centres for enjoying sport activities outside of class hours. Located in the heart of London, there is something for everyone in this sprawling city.

Where is this programme taught

South Kensington
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