MSci Mathematics and Physics (GFC3)

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Course summary

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 four-year, 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.

Think Big bursaries of £3,000 are available to support first-year international undergraduate students in this subject area.


Our Mathematics and Physics MSci is approved by major professional bodies in the UK (IOP) so as a a graduate you can gain exemptions from a number of their examinations or credits for prior learning.

Course structure

In the first and second years of this course, the units are fixed to provide a balanced exploration of mathematics and physics and the connection between them.

In your third and fourth years, you will have the freedom to select from a wide variety of relevant units to focus your studies on what interests you most. The four-year degree allows you to access specialised units reflecting the exciting research base at Bristol.

In your fourth year, you will complete a physics project in one of our cutting-edge research areas.

Full details about the course structure and units for this course can be viewed in the programme catalogue.

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Entry requirements

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*AA including A* in Mathematics and A in Physics
AAB including AA in Mathematics and Physics

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D*DD in Engineering BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma, with Distinctions in four specified Physics units, and A in Mathematics at A-level (or equivalent). Applicants may be invited to take the University of Bristol mathematics test in place of A-level Mathematics.

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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
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 Physics

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88% overall, with 9.0 in Mathematics and 8.5 in Physics
Advanced Higher: AA in Mathematics and Physics, and Standard Higher: AAAAA
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. plus either A in A-level Mathematics, or achieving the required level in the University of Bristol mathematics test.

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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.
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