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Physics BSc (Hons)

Physics attempts to describe how nature works using the language of mathematics. It is considered by many to be the most important of all the natural sciences, and its theories attempt to describe the behaviour of the smallest building blocks of matter, light, the universe, and everything in between.


Physics BSc (Hons) at DMU is aimed at those who are motivated not only by the knowledge and understanding that physics offers, but also by the application of physics to real-world problems.

Reasons to study Physics at De Montfort University:

  • Join one of the top 10 most popular universities in the UK for home and EU students, as rated by UCAS
    Find out why our students say #IchoseDMU
  • Academic excellence
    you will be taught by knowledgeable and experienced staff, gaining a sound understanding of the fundamental physical laws that will enable you to embark on a rewarding career
  • Access industry-standard facilities
    including our computer laboratories, an optics laboratory, a radio frequency and reverberation chamber and Faraday cage and state-of-the-art electronic experimental facilities
  • Learn about real-world, technological and engineering applications of physics
    giving you a head start in a range of industrial and scientific careers
  • Enjoy an international experience with #DMUglobal
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a #DMUglobal experience, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons.

Physics plays a key role in our understanding of the world around us and, as a result, physicists have strong links with mathematicians, chemists, astronomers, geologists and biochemists.

The course is designed to develop graduates with skills that are highly sought after by employers, including the ability to state and solve problems, to think clearly and logically and to communicate complex ideas. It is aimed at those who are motivated not only by the knowledge and understanding that physics offers, but also by the application of physics to real-world issues.


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Mathematics BSc (Hons)

Engineering Year Zero Foundation

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

BSc (Hons) code: 52F1

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval)

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 52F1

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: £12,750

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal.

Entry criteria

2017 Entry Criteria

BSc Entry

  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 112 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent, including one of the following subjects: Mathematics or Physics at grade C or
  • Physics or Mathematics BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in QAA accredited Access to HE course
    • Mathematics
    • Physics
  • If you are studying an alternative Access course that is related to Engineering, Mathematics or Physics please contact us for more details.
  • English and Mathematics GCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ points with Mathematics or Physics at higher level
  • Engineering Year Zero: Pass

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning , is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Work experience and placements 


First year

Core modules:

  • Physics Fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Principles
  • Mechanical Principles

Second year

Core modules:

  • Quantum Physics
  • Optics
  • Electromagnetics
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics

Plus a choice of optional modules including one from:

  • Embedded Systems and Drives                                   
  • Theory of Machines and Thermodynamics             
  • Strength of Materials                                                 
  • Electronic Communication Engineering                   
  • Control and Instrumentation Engineering

And one from:

  • Forensic Investigation                                                   
  • Education for Mathematics and Physics               
  • History of Mathematics

Third year

Core modules:

  • Individual Project

Plus a choice from optional modules including:

  • Astronomy
  • Cosmology
  • Physics of Flight
  • Physics of Thin Films
  • Non-Linear Dynamical Systems
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Fuzzy Logic and Knowledge Based Systems
  • High Frequency Technology
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Mobile Communication
  • Power Electronics
  • Systems Integration
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Signal Processing


The course is taught through lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Learning takes place through the research and the presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises.

The first year of study introduces the fundamental laws and principles of physics, including classical dynamics, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity, quantum physics, thermal physics, waves, vibrations and modern optics. In the second and third years, you will further study the fundamental principles of physics along with practical, laboratory-based work.

You will also be able to choose from a number of applied physics module options, linked to faculty research and covering many fields in technology, engineering and computing. In your third year you will also undertake an individual project in a subject of your choice. 


Assessment is typically through exams, phase tests, laboratory exercises, reports and presentations, along with individual and group coursework. There is an emphasis on practical skills underpinned by theoretical understanding. You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.



You can improve your CV, become highly employable and put the skills you learn on your course into practice by taking a work placement as part of your studies.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement.

In the past, Technology students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including Microsoft, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline and PepsiCo International.




Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Facilities and features

Physics Laboratory

We have state of the art laboratories to facilitate the study of classical mechanics, dynamics and and thermo-fluids. Other specialised areas include:

  • a large darkroom designed to accommodate the study of optics and waves
  • electrical and electronic experimental facilities for general electronics and assembly, digital electronics, power electronics, control systems and communications
  • a spacious radio frequency reverberation chamber and Faraday cage, for experimentation in electromagnetics
  • digital design suite, equipped with the latest 8 and 32-bit embedded microprocessor platforms

The newly refurbished computing laboratories in Gateway House provides 80 computer workstations (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux and 60 Apple iMac computers running OS X and Windows). All laboratories have printing facilities, internet access, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching.

Campus Centre

The current home of De Montfort Students' Union (DSU), Campus Centre, has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU improving the student experience.

The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life. On the ground floor, visitors can eat or drink at a café selling Starbucks coffee, at Subway or at Milly Lane’s, the campus’ newest eatery run by DSU, selling freshly handmade hot and cold food, coffee and smoothies.

Also on the ground floor is a Spar and Subway. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and SUpplies, DSU’s shop, selling art supplies stationary  and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.

A newly-created staircase in the centre of the building leads up to the first floor, where the DSU officer team has new offices. 

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.

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Opportunities and careers


Graduate Careers

Physics graduates are in huge demand; you will have logical and analytical thought processes, problem-solving ability, good computing techniques and the employability skills to enter a wide range of careers, including: research and development, design and production, medical physics, geophysics, biophysics, astronomy, nanotechnology, teaching physics, patent law (UK and European), meteorology, computing (hardware and software), administration and management, accountancy, banking and science journalism.

The course is also a springboard for graduates who wish to undertake university research or pursue a master’s course.



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

Our  #DMUglobal High Flyers Award offers students a discount of up to £1,000 towards a #DMUglobal opportunity (terms and conditions apply).


DMU Racing

DMU Racing is a student team that speaks to the passion and creativity of the student body. Each year DMU Racing takes part in the Formula Student competition.

Run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. The cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills. 

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with nine halls of residence – and around 2,300 rooms – all of which are within easy walking distance of the campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.


Your DSU

Run by students for students, DSU now offers more than 120 societies as well as 40 sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in the union’s annual elections. Find out more.


A city like no other

Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

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