Physics with Advanced Research

University of Strathclyde


Year 1
All classes are compulsory and include Mathematics, Mechanics and Waves, Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics, Computational Physics and practical laboratory work.

Year 2
In second year, you'll cover classes including mechanics, optics & waves, quantum physics & electromagnetism, condensed matter physics and properties of gases & fluids.

You'll also study mathematics classes that cover topics such as advanced calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. You'll be assigned to a tutorial group where the problems are designed to strengthen your understanding of the key physics associated with each class.

Year 3
In this year, you'll build on knowledge of quantum physics and electromagnetism and condensed physics as well as come across the new subject material of statistical physics. You'll also advance your skills in maths, extending your understanding of differential equations and introducing new topics such as complex variables and integral transforms. Again tutorials will be bespoke and tailored to your needs as a maturing physicist.

Year 4
A key part of this degree is the research project which is taken under the supervision of one of our academic staff. The project is started in the holiday between the end of fourth year and the beginning of fifth year.

The classes you'll take in this year are closely allied to the research interests of the department and develop an awareness of a wide range of subject areas from complexity physics through photonics to quantum optics.

You'll also take a class that will develop the skills necessary to start a successful research career.

Year 5
This year offers an extended project that builds on the project started at the end of fourth year. Again, you'll take a range of taught classes that build on fourth year material.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 or 5 Highers at AAAA or AAABB including Maths and Physics plus English at National 5. Higher English preferred.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABC or ABBB including Maths and Physics at B plus English at National 5. Higher English preferred.

Start Date






Study Method

Full time



Course Length

5 years


Faculty of Science



SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General