Applied Physics

University of Dundee


City Campus


Physics is the most fundamental of the sciences and is concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Applied physics on the other hand involves the application of the methods and principles of physics to help human beings, usually in an industrial context, to solve their technological problems.

As a graduate Applied Physicist, you will find a host of exciting career options open to you in many employment sectors where creative problem-solvers and trouble shooters are in high demand. Tech-driven industries such as Defence, Telecommunications, Computing, Medicine and Energy are obvious career destinations where a diverse physics education can be exploited readily.

Applied physicists use physics, or conduct physics research, to develop new technologies to solve engineering problems. This often requires thinking 'outside the box', but based on a deep physical appreciation of the problem at hand. Here at Dundee we'll teach you the hard-core skills of a versatile Physicist's repertoire, including the fields of quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear and particle physics, and electrodynamics; and you'll consolidate the taught elements with a schedule of fascinating laboratory-based practical classes.

Entry Requirements

2021 entry requirements:
4 Highers at AABB (BBBB for widening access entry) including Maths and Physics or a technological subject plus English at National 5.

Advanced entry to 2nd year available with Advanced Higher Maths and Physics at AB or BA plus Highers at AB (in different subjects).

Start Date





BSc Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


Science and Engineering

SCQF Level


Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General