University of Exeter

University of Exeter Physics

Universities / January 27, 2020


Our MPhysPhysics programmes give you an excellent understanding of mainstream physics and develop your scientific intuition. While the first year is common for all students, these programmes allow you have the widest variety of options to choose from and modules in other subjects, such as engineering or languages (termed ‘electives’), are also available to you.

Our BSc degrees are three-year programmes that give you a sound education in physics and lead on to a wide variety of careers. The four-year MPhys degrees take you further and give you a great opportunity to specialise in an research theme in which we excel, from astrophysics and quantum physics, through to electromagnetic and acoustic materials and biomedical physics. Normally students can transfer between any of the programmes during the first year. All our programmes can lead naturally on to PhD-level research or towards a more specialised qualification such as an MSc, and all are accredited by the Institute of Physics.

For me, Exeter brought three main things to the table: a beautiful scenic city and campus; a warm and intelligent set of academics; and a key research element within my undergraduate degree.

As someone doing a subject which can involve high stress levels at points, it was important to me to be able to step outside of the work physically and mentally. The nice views and close proximity to the beach (about 30 minutes on the train) made me feel that I would be able to relax easily here.

The community here is very good, and I believe it is highly important to have a friendly atmosphere to learn in. The lecturers are highly approachable, and I definitely felt this when I visited the University before choosing to come here.

The research project is perhaps something that is more specific to my degree. The four-year integrated Masters degrees require the student to work on a Masters project for roughly one year. In other institutions this normally results in an extremely project heavy fourth year, something I wasn’t attracted to. However, here at Exeter, the Masters project is spread over two years. This allows students to study relevant and applicable modules alongside the project, with the added freedom allowing the project to function almost as a mini-PhD. This was a massive draw for me.

Benjamin Woods, MPhys Physics.

It may be noted that the entry requirements advertised here differ from those published in our printed subject brochure for 2016. The entry requirements published on this website are accurate and supersede those in the printed brochure.