King's College London
Physics with Biophysics Msci (Hons)
King's College London

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Biophysics is an interdisciplinary field that has led to some of the most significant developments in modern science. Our Physics with Biophysics MSci course will give you a deep understanding of the fundamental aspects of the physics of life. Approximately one quarter of the course is biophysics related – i.e. the application of physics, mathematics and computing to understand the workings of living systems. Through coursework and supervised research projects you will gain a breadth of skills and knowledge in a diverse academic and research environment.

Key benefits

  • Physics with Biophysics is the only course of its kind in the UK

  • Award winning: six former staff and students in the Physics department are Nobel Prize winners.

  • You’ll have access to our newly refurbished laboratory facilities, located in the heart of London.

  • Research lies at the heart of our department, so you’ll be taught by internationally renowned scientists.90% of our research is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

    Please see our online prospectus for further details on this programme: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/physics-with-biophysics-msci

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 43 graduates of Physics with Biophysics Msci (Hons) at King's College London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Physics.

Overall student satisfaction
65 /100
43 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students

Salary

Salary of Graduates of Physics with Biophysics Msci (Hons) at King's College London

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Physics with Biophysics Msci (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 £30000 £27500 £36000
25-75 percentile range £26000 - £36500 £21000 - £31500 £25000 - £39500


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 with Biophysics, Msci (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

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 with Biophysics Msci (Hons) at King's College London

25% Information Technology Professionals
15% Finance Professionals
10% Administrative occupations
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Natural and social science professionals
5% Legal professionals
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals
5% Media Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals

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

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. AAA including A in both Mathematics and Physics OR A*AB including A* Mathematics and A in Physics OR A*AB including A in Mathematics and A* in Physics. NOTE: If you are taking linear A levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all science subjects.

Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

Access to Science (or similar) Diploma. This must include substantial focus at Level 3 (with Distinction) on both Mathematics and Physics.

Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Must include Advanced Higher Mathematics and Physics.

Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects: either HL 666 including 6 in both Mathematics and Physics OR HL 765 including 7 in Mathematics and 6 in Physics OR HL 765 including 6 in Mathematics and 7 in Physics. The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE. Note: IB students studying the new Maths curriculum would be required to study Analysis and Approaches at Higher Level to meet the subject requirement for this programme

Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDD with 12 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A OR Extended Diploma in Applied Science at DDM with 11 Distinctions and Mathematics A-level at grade A*. NOTE: In order to satisfy the physics requirement, if you have BTECs you need to offer the following modules at Distinction: 6, 7, 8, 9 and one of 14, 17, 20 or 44.

Must include Higher Mathematics and Physics.

Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Three Pre-U Principal subjects at either: D3 D3 D3 including D3 in both Mathematics and Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D2 Mathematics and D3 Physics OR D2 D3 M2 including D3 Mathematics and D2 Physics.

Required subjects: Physics and Mathematics

English language requirements

test Grade Additional Details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill
PTE Academic 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT) 92 overall with 23 in writing and 20 in the other skills
Cambridge English Advanced 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill
Trinity ISE Level III (ISEIII) with pass in each skill
Institution's Own Test Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 6.5
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Costs

Tuition Fees Physics with Biophysics Msci (Hons)

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

Additional fee information

For International fees and information, please see the course details on our online prospectus: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index

The fees stated are for entry in the forthcoming September. If you are applying for deferred entry, to commence the following September, fees may be subject to change.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

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, 2024

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 King's College London in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of King's College London in related subject specific rankings.

Natural Sciences

    • #27 
    • #47 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #9 
    • #91 
    Physical Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]
    • #81 
    • #276 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #93 
    • #348 
    Physical Sciences
    URAP University Ranking by Academic Performance - By Subject
    [Published 06 June, 2020]
    • #30 
    • #40 
    Physics
    The Guardian UK University League Tables by Subject
    [Published ]
    • #12 
    • #101 
    Physics
    ARWU by subject - Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking
    [Published 26 May, 2021]
    • #11 
    • #156 
    Physics
    NTU by Subject
    [Published 20 October, 2021]
    • #30 
    • #39 
    Physics & Astronomy
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #8 
    • #79 
    Physics & Astronomy
    QS World University Rankings By Subject
    [Published 20 April, 2022]

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About King's College London

King’s College London (KCL) was established in 1892 and is located in the very centre of London. International students can start by taking KCL’s International Foundation, a one-year course intended to improve your knowledge on a particular subject while bringing your English to a level where you’re comfortable studying and communicating. The famous city of London offers innumerable advantages to young students, including myriad work opportunities, reliable and extensive public transport, and abundant entertainment options.

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Where is this programme taught

Central London
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