Physics is a core discipline at the heart of our attempts to address many of the challenges facing modern society, from the need for sustainable power generation to our thirst for ever-higher data rates on the internet. Our Applied Physics degree programme explores the boundary where fundamental physics meets applied science and engineering. The main goal of the degree programme is to provide graduates with a rigorous grounding in core physics coupled with an appreciation of its application in engineering disciplines. This degree programme prepares students for an industrial, research and higher education career, or further advanced degrees in applied physics, physics or engineering disciplines.
The BSc programme shares a common first two years with an MPhys programme that is being developed. The first year lays the foundations of the discipline, and comprises the following modules:
In the second year students develop a deeper understanding of more complex physical phenomena and further improve their mathematical and experimental skills:
- Mathematical Methods I (AP2MM1)
- Mathematical Methods II (AP2MM2)
- Electromagnetism (AP2EMG)
- Physics Group Project (AP2GRP)
- Quantum Mechanics (AP2QUM)
- Condensed Matter Physics (AP2CMP)
- Physics Laboratory (AP2PHL)
- Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
- Communication Systems (EE2CSY)
- Instrumentation (EE2INS)
- Electrical Systems Engineering (EE2ESE)
The placement provides the opportunity either to work in paid employment as a scientist in industry, or to study or undertake project work at a university abroad. The industrial placement will give you experience working in the professional world and an opportunity to develop time management, communication and team work skills, which is tremendously helpful when later looking for graduate employment.
The School has contacts with a wide variety of employers and most students arrange their employment with one of these. Studying or working in a research environment abroad will introduce you to a new academic and cultural environment and complement your studies by offering subjects that may not be covered at Aston and developing language and other skills. Our dedicated Placements Team will support and guide you through the recruitment process, developing your skills for applications, interviews and organising employer-led workshops. During the placement you will also have regular contact with the Placements Team, a Placements Tutor and a local supervisor, as well as a visit from a member of staff, in most cases. We plan to include a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) year in the programme, as an option for you to take instead of the placement year.
In the final year, the core modules cover Atomic and Nuclear Physics, Optoelectronics, and Project Management. You then select from a broad range of options or specialise on one particular area such as communications, nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology or power engineering. The course is designed so that most examined work is completed by January of the final year allowing you to spend the final semester concentrating on a substantial Individual experimental or theoretical Project, which will often be aligned with the research activity within the School.
- Atomic and Nuclear Physics (AP3ANP)
- Individual Final Year Project (AP3IFP)
- Project Management (EE3PMT)
- Optoelectronics (EE3OEL)
- Biophotonics (AP3BIP)
- Nanomaterials and Applications (AP3NAN)
- Digital Transmission (EE3DTR)
- Network Product Development (EE3NPD)
- Optical Communications Systems (EE3OCS)
- Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE3RSY)
- Digital Signal Processing (EE3SPR)
- Power Electronics 6 (EE3PEL)
- Power Systems 6 (EE3PSY)
- Innovation Management (ME2033)
- Energy Efficiency (ME3023)
- Renewable Energy (ME4504)