4 years full-time (plus optional placement year)
AAB (full entry requirements)
September 2018 (term dates)
£9,250 per year (2018/19)
£20,910 per year (2018/19)
Mathematics and Physics are natural subjects to combine at university. Comprehending high-level physics requires a strong mathematical foundation. Mathematical models are developed to explain our observations of the physical world.
Our BSc Mathematics and Physics programme gives you access to the combined expertise of the Departments of Physics and Mathematics. Our specialist teaching emphasises the mathematical structure of physical theory, providing a strong basis on which to build a comprehensive understanding of modern physics.
You'll work with world-renowned physicists using sophisticated equipment to probe the nature of existence and push the boundaries of research. Facilities like our astrocampus and the York Plasma Institute give you unprecedented opportunities to observe and experiment, helping you develop skills demanded by employers across a huge range of sectors.
Gain unique global experiences spending a year at one of our partner universities - in France, Germany or Italy. Boost your confidence by immersing yourself in a different culture and gain valuable language skills for your CV.
This course is accredited by the Institute of Physics (iop.org) and Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (ima.org.uk), guaranteeing the standard of our teaching and learning. Completing this degree will put you on track to becoming a Chartered Physicist or Chartered Mathematician.
Work with world-leading tutors and researchers in two highly-regarded academic departments
Spend a year in France, Germany or Italy and boost your confidence, independence and language skills
Your studies will be split fairly evenly between the Departments of Physics and Mathematics.
In mathematics you'll explore areas such as dynamical systems, nonlinear dynamics and fluid mechanics. These modules, taught by mathematical physicists will provide you with rigorous training in underlying theory, allowing for greater concentration on your fundamental mathematics.
As your studies progress, you will complete a thorough grounding in physical knowledge, scientific principles and methods. Core modules will give you a comprehensive understanding of fundamental physics, while optional modules in your third year allow you to investigate favourite topics in further depth.
Year in Europe not enough? Spend a few weeks or a whole summer on a short course, volunteering programme, or career-related summer school with one of our international partners.
Year 1 emphasises core material to consolidate your existing knowledge and prepare you for more advanced study.
Algebra focuses on specific areas of pure mathematics, including vectors, complex numbers, matrices and linear equations. You'll use the power of abstraction to solve many similar problems at once, and develop essential mathematical skills. (20 credits)
Calculus consolidates and broadens your existing knowledge of calculus and differential equations. You'll then take a step up to study multi-variable vector calculus. (30 credits)
Classical Mechanics and Relativity with Professional Skills covers foundational concepts in physics. You'll learn methods for calculating position, velocity, acceleration and other properties of motion. Then you'll expand on classical mechanics with an introduction to the ideas and concepts of Einstein's special theory of relativity. In Professional Skills modules, you'll study with an eye to developing a range of abilities essential for high-level physics. (20 credits)
Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics will ensure you have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of electric, magnetic and electromagnetic phenomena. You'll build on your existing knowledge and learn to describe and apply a range of foundational theories, concepts and laws. (20 credits)
Introduction to Thermal and Quantum Physics begins in Term 1, examining heat and kinetic theory, fluids and the solid state. In Term 2, you'll move on to quantum physics, discussing key experiments performed at the beginning of the 20th century. (20 credits)
Mathematical Skills I focuses on mathematical reasoning and communication, and the basic ideas of mathematical proof. You'll develop familiarity with mathematical language and notation used to work with sets and functions. You'll improve your ability to construct and present mathematical arguments. (10 credits)
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.
This module covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
In Year 2 you'll deepen your understanding of fundamental laws, processes and techniques. Advanced laboratory work will enable you to plan and execute extended experiments. You'll learn to approach problems creatively and develop your skills of experimentation.
Applied Mathematics for Mathematics & Physics introduces some of the main ideas and theories of modern applied mathematics. You'll apply your learning to your Physics modules, developing your knowledge of theory and technique in tandem. (20 credits)
Electromagnetism and Optics will explain how Maxwell unified electricity, magnetism and optics into electromagnetic theory. You'll also study Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, and be introduced to laser physics. (20 credits)
Functions of a Complex Variable introduces an elegant and useful tool in theoretical physics and beyond. You'll learn how to analyse and work with functions of complex variables, and how they can be applied to solve real-world problems. (10 credits)
Linear Algebra will develop your understanding of vector spaces and matrices. This will prepare you for advanced study of models and concepts in quantum mechanics and other areas of Physics. (20 credits)
Mathematical Skills II introduces some of the fundamentals of the programming language Java. You'll then complete an individual project, either specialising in objects-oriented programming or exploring recent advances in mathematics. (10 credits)
Quantum Physics II covers atomic and subatomic quantum physics. You'll explore concepts of quantization, quantum states, and quantum interactions, and discuss atomic structure. (20 credits)
Thermodynamics and Solid State II introduces highly generalisable concepts with a wide range of applications. You'll consider the consequences of the four laws of thermodynamics and apply them to some simple systems. You'll also study crystalline solids, their structure, properties and behaviour. (20 credits)
Vector Calculus takes a more mature look at calculus, extending the skills you develop in Year 1. You'll deepen your understanding of the three differential operators of classical vector calculus: div, grad and curl. (20 credits)
You'll spend your third year at one of our prestigious partner institutions in France, Germany or Italy:
You'll return to York for your fourth year with a fresh perspective, and new ideas and skills which will be invaluable for your future development.
The final year introduces some advanced concepts, building on the expertise you've developed. Optional modules give you the chance to delve deeper into your favourite topic, or discover a new area of advanced physics.
You'll work on a group project to investigate a current problem in maths or physics. You'll conduct original research to reach new conclusions and, at the highest levels, contribute to our understanding of physics.
Statistical Physics and Solid State II explores how statistical techniques can be applied to solve problems in thermodynamics and other branches of physics. The solid state element of this module expands on your second-year knowledge of crystalline solids. (20 credits)
Maths or Physics project
The BSc Project gives you the chance to design and carry out an extended scientific investigation. You'll join a small group looking at a project which will require creativity and original thinking to tackle. Each project is supervised by a specific member of staff with relevant expertise, who can give advice and assistance.
Recent projects have included:
You'll be supported by a professional skills module, building on the expertise developed in Years 1 and 2. You'll work with a team to develop a talk and academic poster to be given at a conference at the end of the year.
Choose two of the following maths modules:
Choose one of the following physics modules:
Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.
For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.
We offer a number of scholarships to help cover tuition fees and living costs.
We offer £1,000 in each year of your degree if you achieve an A* or equivalent in Mathematics or Physics and select York as your firm choice when applying. This scholarship is renewable each year, subject to attaining full credits and an overall mark of 70 per cent or higher at your first attempt.
If you achieved an A* or equivalent in A level Mathematics or Physics and maintain an overall mark of 70% or higher Year 1 you'll be guaranteed a paid summer placement with one our research groups.
You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers accommodation costs and estimated social costs.
You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.
Much of your teaching will be in the form of lectures based on our cutting-edge research. These are supported by hands-on lab work and weekly mathematics problem classes in which you can apply and crystallise your learning. Twice a week you'll join four or five other students to discuss course material with a tutor. Discussions often range beyond the immediate subject matter to wider implications and issues.
You'll have regular meetings with a personal academic supervisor, who will guide your studies and keep an eye on your academic progress and general welfare.
As a guide, students on this course typically spend their time as follows:
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Lectures and seminars||360 hours|
|Independent study||840 hours|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
Independent study may include preparation for lectures and seminars, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours will vary from person to person. In UK higher education the expectation is that full-time students will spend 1200 hours a year learning.
You'll be based in the Department of Physics on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in the Department, with some classes elsewhere on Campus West.
Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.
Most of your assessment will be by formal examination. You'll also be marked on regular problem exercises and laboratory work, coursework and formal report writing. We balance various types of assessment to develop and test your different strengths:
You'll get prompt, regular feedback to help you develop your skills. Our open door policy means you can always approach your tutors if you want to discuss your work.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
The figures above are based on data from 2016/17.
For me one of the best things about York is its friendly and inclusive atmosphere. The Physics staff are really welcoming and supportive.Emma, MPhys Physics
Our graduates are sought by employers in a huge range of disciplines. 96% of our graduates were employed or in further study 6 months after graduation (DLHE 2015/16).
Many of our graduates progress to postgraduate degrees at York and other leading universities. However, the skills you will learn - analysis, mathematics, problem-solving - are relevant in industries from finance to software development.
We're committed to supporting our students' career development and employability - it's embedded in our core teaching. We organise activities from careers fairs to leadership building exercises to ensure you're prepared to enter the jobs market with a competitive edge. 91% of our graduates in employment are in graduate or professional level jobs 6 months after graduation (DLHE, 2015/16). Our commitment to employability places us in the top 5 physics departments for Graduate Prospects in the 2018 Times Good University Guide.
Our graduates are working as:
AAB including A in Physics and Maths.
This must include a pass in all practical components (where offered).
Your third A level can be in a wide range of acceptable subjects. We do not accept General Studies or Critical Thinking.
We may consider AS Maths at A grade instead of A level Maths. In this case you'll attend additional maths classes in your first year of study.
|GCSEs||4 (C) or above in French, German or Italian|
|Cambridge Pre-U||D3 D3 M2 in 3 principal subjects including D3 in Physics and Maths|
|European Baccalaureate||80% Overall, with 85% in Physics and Maths|
All other qualifications, including Scottish Highers and Irish Leaving Certificates, will be considered individually.
If you don't have suitable qualifications in Maths and/or Physics, successfully completing a Foundation Year will guarantee a place on any of our undergraduate degrees:
We welcome applications from mature students and students without standard qualifications. Please contact our admissions team to discuss your specific circumstances.
You may also be interested in our part-time access course:
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.
To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
If we're thinking about making you an offer, we'll invite you to an interview day. This gives us a chance to discuss your choice of course and get a better picture of you as an individual. You'll get a chance to look around the Department and University, attend a mini-lecture, take part in some hands-on activities, and talk to our academics and student ambassadors.
If you're applying from outside the UK we can arrange telephone interviews. Part of the interview takes place online, so you'll need to be able to connect to the internet while you are on the phone.
Contact our admissions team if you have any questions
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