Applied Physics MPhys

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    BBB-BBC to include Maths Grade B and Physics Grade B
  • BTEC extended diploma
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    32 points must include Higher Level Maths and Physics
  • Further requirement
    GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C and English Grade C
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Key Dates

  • Undergraduate Open Day
    Saturday 6 October 2018
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Applied Physics at Aston University

100% of Physical Sciences students were satisfied with the Teaching on their course (National Student Survey 2017)

Integrated placement year

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in physics

Internationally recognised for research

Course summary

Our Applied Physicists have experience of a highly numerate subject that requires a significant amount of problem solving. They are prepared for careers in research, and are in demand by both the industrial and service sectors. 

Entry requirements and fees

4 years with an integrated placement year Full-time students will be based on campus.    

UCAS Code: F310

Please note:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements  

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GCSE requirements: Maths Grade C and English Grade C

Tuition fees:

UK/EU: £9,250 (£4,625 during placement year)     (2018/19)  
International students: £19,000  (2018/19)
Placement Year: £4,625 for International Students

For UK / EU students, there are scholarships for students with AAB or above at A Level (or equivalent), household income-based scholarships and placement scholarships. 

For international students, the School of Engineering offers a £3000 scholarship to students who can demonstrate a high level of achievement in their academic studies (eg grades AAA or CGPA 3.6+)          

Typical offer level

A level

BBB-BBC to include Maths Grade B and Physics Grade B. General Studies and Critical Thinking not accepted.A combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted.


DDD in relevant National Diploma.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

32 points must include Higher Level Maths and Physics.


The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.


Course outline and modules

Course Outline

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.

This programme aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the physics principles that underpin development in engineering and of the scientific tools that are important to both physicists and engineers.
  • Provide students with an excellent learning experience that draws on the research and consultancy of Aston academic staff
  • Provide well qualified graduates with key skills for lifelong learning
  • Meet the accreditation requirements of appropriate professional bodies, in particular the Institute of Physics
  • Ensure relevance by maintaining and enhancing the School’s links with industry, business, professional science based organisations
  • Maintain and enhance the employability of graduates
  • Give graduates the grounding and skills to enable them to continue developing their knowledge and understanding

Year 1

  • Introduction to Computing Concepts (EE1ICC)
  • Digital and Analogue Electronics (EE1DAE)
  • Electrical Circuit Theory (EE1ECT)
  • Transition Mathematics for Engineers (SE11EM)
  • Mechanics (AP1MEC)
  • Mathematics for 1st Year Engineers (SE12EM)
  • Theory of Electricity (EE1TEL)
  • Introduction to Optics and Waves (EE1IOW)
  • Thermodynamics (AP1THP)
  • Experimental Physics (AP1EPL)
  • Modern Physics (AP1MPH)

Year 2

  • Electronic Systems Analysis (EE2ESA)
  • Mathematical Methods 1 (AP2MM1)
  • Electromagnetism (AP2EMG)
  • Physics Group Project (AP2GRP)
  • Measurement and Data Acquisition (AP2MDA)
  • Electrical Systems Engineering (EE2ESE)
  • Quantum Mechanics (AP2QUM)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (AP2CMP)
  • Mathematical Methods 2 (AP2MM2)
  • Physics Laboratory (AP2PHL)
  • Communication Systems (EE2CSY)

Year 3

  • Research Methodology (AP3REM)
  • Applied Physics Problem Solving (AP3PRS)
  • Java Programming for Electronic Engineers (EE3JEE)
  • Digital Transmission and Communication Systems (EE3DDT)

Choice between:

  • International Placement Assessment (EE3IPA)
  • International Study Placement (EE3MIP)


  • Individual Research (EE3RSC)
  • MEng Placement Module (EE3MPY)

 Year 4

Core Modules

  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics (AP4ANP)
  • Optoelectronics (AP4OEL)
  • Signal Processing (EE3SPR)
  • MPhys Final Year Project (AP4FYP)

Optional Modules

  • Biophotonics (AP4BIP)
  • Nanomaterials and Applications (AP4NAN)
  • Digital Transmission (EE401B)
  • Optical Communications Systems (EE402A)
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communications Networks (EE402B)
  • Information Theory and Coding, and Traffic Theory (EE401A)
  • Power Electronics (EE4PEL)
  • Power Systems 6 (EE4PSY)
  • Renewable Energy (ME4504)
  • Sustainability (SE4023)
Key benefits and career prospects

Key Benefits

  • 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.

Career Prospects

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.

Professional accreditation

We will be applying for the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) accreditations.

Teaching staff

Course Director:

Dr Sonia Boscolo
Senior Lecturer
Electrical, Electronic and Power Engineering
Engineering and Applied Science
+44(0)121 204 3495

How to apply?

Applications for all of our Undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). If your school, college or careers centre is registered with UCAS, you can apply through them, but if not you can apply directly on the UCAS website –

If you have any questions,contact us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400

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