Engineering Physics BSc

  • UCAS code F314
  • Duration Up to 4 years
  • Delivery type Full Time
  • Study location Edinburgh
  • Number of places 55 across all programmes

Overview

The Course

Provides foundations of physics and mathematics, and the opportunity to look at wider aspects through a series of courses in investigative techniques. Elective subjects allow students to broaden their interests and increase the range of degrees open to them. Options include: Computer Science; Chemistry; Electrical Engineering; Philosophy; Business; or Languages.

Career Prospects

With a wide range of expertise in Microelectronics and Optics, Engineering Physics graduates are in demand by both industrial and service sectors, as well as being well prepared for a research career.

Programme content

Level 1

Provides foundations of physics and mathematics, and the opportunity to look at wider aspects through a series of courses in investigative techniques. Elective subjects allow students to broaden their interests and increase the range of degrees open to them. Options include: Computer Science; Chemistry; Electrical Engineering; Philosophy; Business; or Languages.

Level 2

Important themes of physics are introduced through courses in Astrophysics; Photonics and Environmental Physics

Level 3

Deals with more advanced treatments of core physics, such as: Electromagnetism and Optics; Dynamics and Quantum Concepts; and Solid State Physics. Students can choose from specialist topics, including Optical Processing, Laser Physics and Atmospheric Physics.

Level 4

The MPhys students have some courses in common with the BSc, but with a greater emphasis on mathematical rigour.

Your career

Iain Lawrie

  • DegreeMPhys (First Class Hons), Computational Physics
  • Present JobPhysics Teacher, George Watson's College,Edinburgh


“I graduated in 1999 (Computational Physics) and found having a Physics degree opened many possible career doors. Opting initially for accounting I worked for five years as a Corporate Tax Consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, qualifying as a chartered accountant in the process. However, having got married (to another of the Physics class of 99!) family life was on my mind. I was also hearing the call of my first love - Physics. One year of re-training later and I began teaching Physics at George Watson’s College where I am still happily educating and entertaining. My Physics programme notes from all those years ago are proving a very valuable asset when developing Advanced Higher Physics investigations, as are the laboratory skills developed in my first two undergraduate years.”

“The undergraduate Physics programme left me with a passion and excitement about the world we live in that I try to pass on to all pupils I encounter, hoping to inspire them to study Physics at university level.“

Claire Reekie

  • SchoolBeath High School, Cowdenbeath
  • DegreePhysics with Education
  • Present JobPhysics Teacher

"My ambition since leaving school was to one day return and teach Physics. This has been made possible by the excellent course and tuition provided at Heriot-Watt. Through their expertise, care and dedication (and a bit of hard work from myself) I graduated with an Honours degree in 'Physics with Education'."

Entry requirements

The University offers as its normal entry routes:

  • entry at Level 1, mainly for students with Scottish Highers (or similar)
  • entry at Level 2, mainly for students with A-levels (or similar).

There is nevertheless considerable flexibility, depending on the level of qualifications, for entrants with A-levels to opt to enter at Level 1 and for Scottish students to enter at Level 2. Direct entry into Level 3 is also possible for students who already have certain HE qualifications.

Level 1 entry

  • Scottish Highers AABB or BBBBC
  • GCE A Level BBB
  • SQA Higher National Cert B in graded unit. Relevant HNC - please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further
  • Int. Baccalaureate 29 points to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics
  • Scottish Baccalaureate pass with BC in Adv. Higher Maths and Physics
  • Additional information Entry normally to include Physics and Mathematics Highers or A-Levels at B and for Chemical Physics B in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry

Level 2 entry

  • GCE A Level ABB
  • SQA Advanced Highers ABB plus AABB at Higher
  • SQA Higher National Cert A in graded unit. Relevant HNC - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • SQA Higher National Dip BBC in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.
  • Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB in Adv. Higher Mathematics and Physics
  • Additional information A range of alternative qualifications may be accepted including good qualifications in non-scientific subjects and mature applicants with appropriate work experience. Advanced qualifications should be in Physics and Mathematics.

Level 3 entry

  • SQA Higher National Dip AAB in graded units. Relevant HND - subject to satisfactory tutor reference and interview. Please contact Admissions Tutor to discuss further.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees by residency status
Status*Scotland / EU**England / Northern Ireland / WalesInternational
FeePaid by SAAS9,000.0015,490.00

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries, not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scholarships & bursaries