251–300 th
World University Rankings 2020
76-100 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Singleton Park, Swansea, SA2 8PP, United Kingdom

Physics with a Foundation Year - Swansea University

Physics is an exciting subject which seeks answers to the biggest questions, covering everything in our universe, from the building blocks of matter to the vastness of the cosmos, and this course is ideal if you have yet to achieve the necessary skills in physics and mathematics to join the full degree programme. You will be joining the UK’s top department for satisfaction with teaching and organisation & management (National Student Survey 2017) and will be taught by world-leading scientists in our state-of-the-art facilities including a new £4.2m suite of science laboratories. Physics at Swansea is also ranked 13th in The Guardian University Guide 2019. Swansea University is also ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the highest rank for teaching in universities. In your Foundation year, you will study introductory modules in optics and wave motion, electricity and magnetism, atoms and nuclei and bulk and thermal physics alongside mathematics modules in fundamental calculus and algebra. You may also follow some modules in complementary subjects such as introductory computer programming and environmental and natural sciences. Students are assigned a personal tutor within the physics department and will participate in small-group tutorial sessions throughout the programme. Following their successful completion of the foundation year, students may then follow any pathway through the BSc or MPhys courses, with all options available to them. Across all teaching, after this point there is no differentiation between an F301 student and any other. Physics graduates are highly employable with starting salaries above the national average, and 82.5% of our graduates are in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University (DHLE Survey 2016). Employers seeking physics graduates include academic institutions, government research organisations and industry, including aerospace and defence, education, energy, engineering, instrumentation, manufacturing, oil and gas, science, communication, space exploration and telecommunications. Many physics graduates pursue a career outside physics, for instance in consultancy, IT, the environmental industry, financial services, the legal sector, transport and utilities. Our degrees reflect our cutting-edge research – we are top in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2018) and the Swansea Physics group achieved the trapping of anti-matter. Studying in this dynamic research-led environment will help you learn how fundamental physics is applied across disciplines and is contributing to advances in fields such as engineering, medicine and mathematics. We are in the top five in the UK for student satisfaction (97% National Student Survey 2017) and our Physics Society is the best in the UK (University Student Networks Annual Societies Forum 2017). All of our Physics degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics. As a physics student, you will also benefit from exceptional project supervision, small group teaching, and opportunities for summer studentships and projects at the CERN Particle Physics Laboratory. Our notable Physics alumni include Professor Lyn Evans, leader of the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN, while Professor Peter Higgs, Swansea University Honorary Fellow and Physics Nobel Prize winner, proposed the Boson particle, and has strong links with the department. “The Physics staff were always very supportive; the lecturers enthusiastic and are good at explaining difficult concepts eloquently. There was a real sense that they thoroughly enjoyed teaching us. Through my degree, I was able to successfully apply to the NHS Scientist Training Programme, a highly competitive graduate scheme through which I will eventually become a fully qualified Medical Physicist.” - Guy Drabble, Physics graduate