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BSc Mathematics and Physics (GFD3)
A-level standard offer: A*AA
A-level contextual offer: AAB
See entry requirements for full details and eligibility.
Join a University ranked in the UK top five for both Physics and Mathematics research (THE analysis of REF 2021) with an excellent reputation for teaching and learning.
If you love the challenge of thinking through a maths question and the satisfaction of having solved a difficult problem, but also appreciate the applications of mathematics in areas of physics and want access to the exciting and specialised subjects offered by the School of Physics, then this joint honours course can offer you both.
Your mathematics study will focus on the areas of applied mathematics that are most linked to physics, such as the mathematical modelling of physical problems, quantum mechanics and random matrix theory. You will also cover a range of topics in physics, such as special relativity, electromagnetism and superconductors.
In the first and second years of this course the units are fixed so as to provide a balanced exploration of mathematics and physics and the connection between them.
In your third year you will have freedom to select from a wide variety of relevant units to focus your studies on what interests you most. You can also choose from a physics project or dissertation in one of our cutting-edge research areas, a group project with an industrial partner, or an educational project with a local school.
This course is accredited by the following organisations
The Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.
Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.Go to programme catalogue
We accept a wide variety of qualifications and welcome applications from students of all backgrounds. Below is a guide to the typical offers for this course.
A-level standard offer
A*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Physics
A-level contextual offer
AAB including AA in Mathematics and PhysicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
D*DD in Engineering BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in 6 specified Physics units, AND A in Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent). Applicants may be invited to take the University of Bristol Maths test in place of A-level Mathematics.Find out more about our BTEC entry requirements
International Baccalaureate Diploma
38 points overall with 18 at Higher Level, including 7 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and 6 at Higher Level in Physics
International Baccalaureate Diploma contextual offer
34 points overall with 17 at Higher Level, including 6, 6 at Higher Level in Mathematics (either Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretations) and PhysicsFind out if you are eligible for a contextual offer
88% overall, with 9.0 in Mathematics and 8.5 in Physics
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Advanced Higher: AA in Mathematics and Physics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
Access to HE Diploma
Access to HE Diploma in Engineering, Science, or Computing (or similar titles). The 45 graded Level 3 credits must include:
- at least 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or above; and
- at least 12 credits at Distinction in Mathematics (Including algebra, calculus and trigonometry); and
- at least 12 credits at Distinction in Physics.
Requirements are as for A-levels, where you can substitute a non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate at that grade.
Requirements for principal subjects are as for A-level, where D1/ D2 is A*, D3 is A, M1/ M2 is B, and M3 is C.
The University of Bristol welcomes applications from international students, and we accept a wide range of qualifications for undergraduate and postgraduate study.Search international qualifications
Applicants must also meet these requirements
GCSE profile requirements
No specific subjects required.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to have one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in all skills
- GCSE English Language grade C or 4
- An alternative English Language Profile E qualification
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels
More about UK qualifications.
- We only use your information in UCAS to assess your application. There are no other selection criteria or processes.
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