The BSc (Hons) Physics with Philosophy degree provides students with the opportunity to develop a large skill set in fundamental and applied physics while developing a philosophical understanding of the world we live in and the place we occupy within it.
The School of Mathematics and Physics is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and aims to provide a friendly, approachable culture for students to join.
Students have the opportunity to learn from, and work alongside, our team of academics who can support and encourage them to apply imagination, creativity and rigour to the solution of real-world problems. Individual and group projects during the course are designed to develop valuable transferable skills.
How You Study
The course is taught through lectures, problem-solving classes, computer-based classes and seminars. There is an average of 12 hours of contact study per week (additional student-managed independent study is required).
In the first year students have the chance to benefit from an additional three hours per week of problem solving tutorials. During the first year of the programme, the School of Mathematics and Physics also runs a tutor system, providing one hour weekly tutor sessions in small groups
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.
For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Mathematics and Physics Staff Pages.
Entry Requirements 2018-19
GCE Advanced Levels: BBB, including grade B from A Level Mathematics. Practical elements must be passed.
International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall, with Higher Level grade 5 in Mathematics.
BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science accepted: Distinction, Distinction, Merit.
If you are currently studying or have studied a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science from 2016 onwards, the following optional modules will be accepted:
- Unit 8 - Physiology of Human Body Systems
- Unit 9 – Human Regulation and Reproduction
- Unit 10 – Biological Molecules and Metabolic Pathways
- Unit 11 – Genetics and Genetic Engineering
- Unit 12 – Diseases and Infections
- Unit 13 – Applications of Inorganic Chemistry
- Unit 14 – Applications of Organic Chemistry
- Unit 17 – Microbiology and Microbiological Techniques
- Unit 18 – Industrial Chemical Reactions
- Unit 19 – Practical Chemical Analysis
- Unit 20 – Biomedical Science
- Unit 21 – Medical Physics Applications
Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required, 15 of which must be in Mathematics.
We will also consider extensive, relevant work experience.
In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered.
If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.>
Research is a critical part of the academic environment at the University of Lincoln, and as one of our students you can expect to be taught by research academics in the field. Under our “student as producer” initiative you will be expected to contribute to new knowledge yourself. Research will form a part of your study from your first year in a variety of ways such as individual and team projects, and will culminate in the final year project.
This degree is optionally available in a sandwich mode variant. If students choose the sandwich placement option, they take a year out in industry or at an external research institution (which can be overseas) between years two and three, providing the chance to gain invaluable practical experience. The option is subject to availability and selection criteria set by the industry or external institution.
When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.
Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.
View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.
Physics with Philosophy graduates may be well placed for careers in research and development, process control and regulatory roles in organisations around the world. Some may go on to roles in education or to further study at postgraduate level.
The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.
This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.
The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.
Visit our Careers Service pages for further information. [http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/]
For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.
With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.
|Full-time||£9,250 per level
||£13,650 per level|
|Part-time||£77.00 per credit point†||N/A|
|Full-time||£9,250 per level
||£14,700 per level|
|Part-time||£77.00 per credit point†||N/A|
In 2018/19, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.
†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.