Physics with Nuclear Technology (accredited by the Institute of Physics)

University of the West of Scotland


Paisley Campus


The BSc Physics with Nuclear Technology course is the only one of its kind in Scotland, and is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IoP).

The programme develops your understanding of the fundamentals of physics as a core science, and will build your knowledge and professional skills to prepare you for a career in any area of physics, including industrial applications and academic research.

As the course has a focus on nuclear technology, you will be prepared for a career in the nuclear power industry, or in the use of nuclear technology in the healthcare sector.

Nuclear technology has far-reaching applications for our world; in medical imaging, environmental monitoring, radioactive dating, and nuclear energy generation. Nuclear physics and radiation detection are also prerequisites in conducting research in nuclear and particle physics at large laboratories such as CERN, the European organisation for Nuclear Research.

Entry Requirements

2024 entry requirements
Standard entry:
4 Highers at BBBC including Maths or Applications of Maths and Physics or Maths at B plus Physics at National 5 at B. English also required at National 5.

Entry to year 2 may be possible with 3 Advanced Highers at CCD including Maths and Physics.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at BBCC including Maths and Physics or BBBC with Maths at B plus Physics at National 5 at B. English also required at National 5.

Progression Routes

The combination of lecture courses and practical work will ideally equip you with skills necessary for a successful career in a nuclear-related industry or research. Scientific, technical, and problem-solving skills acquired during a degree in physics can be put to use in many areas of industry and research.

Start Date





BSc Hons (Sandwich)

Study Method

Part time (day)



Course Length

6 years


School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences


Physical and Chemical Sciences

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Chemistry and Materials Science

Food Science and Technology

Mathematics and Statistics


Science General