Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons) or MPhys – 2019 entry

Why choose this course

Partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and home to innovative facilities and internationally-leading research, the University of Surrey offers distinctive physics programmes that are among the very best in the UK and which reflect the diversity and excitement of the subject.

Quantum technologies harness the unusual features of the quantum world to perform tasks that are hard or impossible with conventional technologies. Our BSc and MPhys Physics with Quantum Technologies programmes cover the full spectrum of this exciting and rapidly developing field – from lasers to quantum information to quantum computers.

In the National Student Survey (NSS) 2018 our physics courses were ranked top 10 in the UK for overall satisfaction.

What you will study

On our BSc and MPhys Physics with Quantum Technologies courses you will gain a solid understanding of all the core elements of traditional physics, as well as learning about the power of cutting-edge quantum technologies just at the time that they are moving from the drawing board to prototypes.

You will also learn about existing quantum technologies which we take for granted in our everyday lives. These are devices used to transmit data through the internet, the LED lighting in your home, the solar panels on your roof and the lasers in your Blu-ray player. These are just a few examples of technologies whose development has been made possible through our understanding of quantum physics.

You can switch between any of our specialist physics degrees during your first year.

You can apply to study for either a BSc or an MPhys (Master of Physics), a direct route to a masters qualification. If you study for an MPhys, you’ll spend a year doing research before returning for a final year of masters-level modules.

Depending on your progress, you may have the option to switch to a BSc or MPhys during your studies.

Course facts

Qualification Course length Foundation year Professional Training UCAS KIS code
BSc (Hons) 36 months 328C View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months 3TT4 View KIS data set
MPhys 48 months 01XY View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 48 months F310 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 60 months F311 View KIS data set

Location:

Stag Hill

Professional Training placements

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement. These will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and a significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Physics with Quantum Technologies placements

The optional Professional Training placement starts at the end of the second academic year. Preparation for the Professional Training placement begins during Year 2. If you decide not to do the Professional Training year, you proceed directly to Year 3 to complete your taught modules and graduate at the end of your third year.

If you are studying a BSc programme, you will discuss your particular interests and abilities with your personal tutor and the Professional Training tutor during Year 2. The Department will look closely at your CV and help you to apply to companies in our extensive database.

Every October, a Professional Training conference allows the previous year’s students to tell you about their experience first-hand.

Over the years, we have placed our students with many companies and laboratories including:

  • MBDA UK Ltd
  • InSync Technologies Ltd
  • Central Laser Facility (CLF) at the Rutherford Lab - Vulcan Lasers
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • National Physical Laboratory
  • Regional Radiation Protection Service
  • PlasmaQuest.

Our students gain a wide range of employment skills during their placement year, giving them a significant advantage when applying for jobs after graduation.

Applying for placements

Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via an open and free-to-all process, within which students can select and apply for numerous opportunities. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Professional recognition

BSc (Hons) - Institute of Physics (IOP)
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

MPhys - Institute of Physics (IOP)
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.

Physicists are highly sought after in industry, research, education, management, medicine, law and business because of their broad practical skills and knowledge of fundamental theory.

In daily life, quantum technologies will enable faster and more secure communications as the price and flexibility of quantum cryptography comes down. Quantum technologies will even give enhancements to the way that road works proceed, by using quantum sensor technology to identify structures underground pipelines. All these developments require development scientists and product engineers with an ability to understand the language of quantum.

Our degrees will provide you with the analytical, experimental and computational skills valued in a wide variety of careers.

All Surrey physics students learn a range of employability skills during their studies. These include a dedicated Year 1 module, Scientific Investigation Skills, which covers key communication skills, group work and presentations, problem solving in the laboratory environment, plus sessions on interview techniques, CV preparation and job applications.

Students who take either the Professional Training or research year placements also gain invaluable employment experience at their host institution.

Recent physics graduates have secured roles such as:

  • Senior Development Engineer, Fourth State Medicine Ltd
  • Research Scientist RF and Microwave Metrologist, National Physical Laboratory
  • System Analyst, Raytheon Systems Ltd
  • Automation Tester, CGI
  • Graduate Physicist, DSTL
  • Graduate Engineer, Aktins
  • Trainee Clinical Scientist, NHS.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. Visit our global exchanges pages to check where you can go.

Facilities

We boast extensive facilities within the Department of Physics, including our undergraduate teaching laboratories which have recently undergone a thorough refurbishment.

The Department has also recently benefitted from a £3.5 million refurbishment of its research laboratories, which our undergraduate students use as they carry out their final-year research projects.

The University of Surrey is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. All taught modules are 15 credits. Project modules and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification

Foundation

Optional modules for Foundation - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 please view the programme specification for the full-time BSc (Hons) Physics with Quantum Technologies programme.

Foundation (with PTY)

Optional modules for Foundation (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 3

For further information on FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 and professional training year please view the programme specification for the full-time with PTY BSc (Hons) Physics with Quantum Technologies programme.

Year 4 (Semester 1)

Module title Status Semester
RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION Compulsory 1

Year 4 (Semester 2)

Optional modules for Year 4 (Semester 2) - FHEQ Level 7

Students choose three of the Semester 2 options

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Your programme will consist of a stimulating combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials, practical exercises and computational classes. There will be assigned coursework, problem solving and projects.

Experimental and computational exercises, undertaken in the teaching laboratory, are designed to complement and aid the learning of concepts taught in lectures.

You will have opportunities to learn from scientists engaged in the forefront of quantum technology research, and have the opportunity to work in Surrey’s innovative quantum technology labs.

The University of Surrey is currently leading a £6 million research project to develop quantum computers using atomic-scale devices.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by postgraduate research students. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Staff

This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Physics.

Programme leader

CLOWES SK Dr (Physics)

Personal tutor

All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:

  • Academic progress
  • Pastoral/welfare issues
  • Personal/professional development and employability.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • ABB

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • MPhys (Hons):
    • AAB

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:
    • CCC - (including Mathematics and Physics or Chemistry).

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required subjects

Mathematics and Physics.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • DDD BTEC Extended Diploma and A-level Mathematics at Grade A.
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • DDD BTEC Extended Diploma and A-level Mathematics at Grade A.
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent).

International Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 32
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • 34
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

  • BSc (Hons):
    • HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and Physics.
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • HL6/SL7 and HL5/SL6 in Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics or Mathematics studies HL4/SL4.

European Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • 78%
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • 82%
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

  • BSc (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics.
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • Grade 7.5 in Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

Access to HE Diploma

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 39 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 6 Level 3 Credits at Merit.
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent). 

Scottish Highers

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • AABBB
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • AAABB
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language - Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall

  • BSc (Hons):
    • ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.
  • MPhys (Hons):
    • AAB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass. 
  • BSc (Hons) with foundation year:

Required subjects

Mathematics and Physics.

GCSE or equivalent: Completion of GCSE English and Mathematics equivalents within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

Foundation year

If you don’t meet our entry requirements, you might still be able to apply for this course with a foundation year. A course with a foundation year includes an extra year of study to prepare you for a full degree course. Find out more about our degrees with foundation year.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Qualification Course length Professional Training UK/EU fees Overseas fees Professional Training fees
BSc (Hons) 36 months £9,250 £20,100 Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,100 £1,850
MPhys 48 months £9,250 £20,100 £1,850
BSc (Hons) 48 months £9,250 £20,100 Not applicable
BSc (Hons) 60 months £9,250 £20,100 £1,850

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate courses.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Additional costs

There are associated costs with this BSc (Hons) course:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): unable to specify amount - some travel costs for commuting schools as part of Physics in Education module.

There are associated costs with this MPhys course:

  • Commuting (local travel expenses): depending on placement students can incur travel, visa and accommodation costs.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

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Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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