This course is designed for students with a keen interest in physics who want to develop the analytical skills needed to maximise their career potential. It is delivered by a team of academic staff whose focus is on teaching excellence and innovation. **What you study** On this course you study the core elements of a physics degree as identified by the Institute of Physics, including • condensed matter • thermodynamics • statistical physics • electronics • physical modelling. The course is highly applied and focuses on preparing you for employment. You learn by applying the new knowledge and skills you develop in practical and commercially relevant contexts. You learn how to use physics to solve real world problems in environmental, medical, industrial and commercial contexts. Using technology you develop your analytic and interpretation skills to provide solutions to real life issues. These skills are very much sought after by employers. You also develop a range of practical skills for your future career, including communication, teamwork and problem-solving. In your second and final year you choose optional modules, enabling you to tailor your learning to your own interests and career goals. We have a strong reputation for research in materials physics and physical modelling. This is reflected in the specialisms offered in final year and provides a platform for research at postgraduate level. **Placements and work experience** We anticipate that a high proportion of our students will choose to take a paid work placement in their third year. Salaries in excess of £22,000 are possible. We have a nationally leading reputation for industrial placements. Our strong links with commercial and public organisations in the UK and overseas mean you have access to a range of placement opportunities. A placement is your chance to apply your academic knowledge in the work environment and, in the process, improve your career prospects. It can often lead to the offer of a permanent job with your placement employer. As well as the placement, you have opportunities throughout the course to gain practical experience. For example, our teaching team have been central in developing the Venture Matrix™, an award-winning scheme that develops your employability and enterprise skills as part of your degree.