- Provides a thorough knowledge of physical principles, as well as the theoretical knowledge and skills required for specific technological applications.
- Exploits the extensive range of modules taught by the Engineering Subject Groups to allow students to follow one or more engineering specialisations while also gaining a solid grounding in physics.
- Relevant industrial or study experience in placement year.
- Association with the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies allows students to study and work alongside internationally recognised researchers in areas such as non-linear photonics, laser machining, optical sensing and high-speed communications.
With experience of a highly numerate subject requiring a significant amount of problem solving, applied physicists are in demand by both the industrial and service sectors, as well as being well prepared for a research career. They will perform research and development in high-technology industries in various fields including telecommunications, microelectronics and microdevices, optics, lasers, novel materials and advanced manufacturing after graduation. Additionally, the broad, thorough training provided in fundamentals and applied technology by this programme will enable our graduates to explore other burgeoning fields, such as energy, nanotechnology, biotechnology, and communications technology. Applied physics graduates can also enter advanced degree programmes to start an academic career, conduct research and instruct the next generation of physicists and engineers.
Applied physics is an ideal background for careers in patent law, and provides a very desirable pathway to careers in finance. Applied physics offers a seamless way to enter master programmes and then start careers in the highly-recruited area of medical physics, and is excellent preparation for careers at the interfaces of biology, medicine, and physics.