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Course overview

Physics is the fundamental science that underpins much of the technology we see around us. Modern communications, transport and energy systems all originate from advances in our understanding of physics. Our Physics BSc programme includes modules that range from optics and thermodynamics to quantum mechanics, microscopy and nuclear physics. You will build your skills on the core of physics and explore advanced topics using the scientific method that lies behind every technological advancement.

Studying Physics at Thornton Science Park will place you at the forefront of industry-relevant education while the various companies based on site create a unique environment for interaction through placements and industry-led projects arranged by the Department of Natural Sciences. In addition, your final year project will offer you the opportunity to engage in modern advanced experimental and computational topics and will develop your investigative and project management skills.


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  • Thornton Science Park
3 Years

Why Study Physics with us?

Our Physics BSc programme is recognised by the Institute of Physics (IOP) and prepares you for a challenging yet rewarding career in science.

The Physics programme is delivered on the University of Chester’s Thornton Science Park; a unique location where the Faculty of Science and Engineering has connections to on site technology-based companies. Industrial relevance and collaboration is something we are passionate about in the Faculty, and you may be able to work on industry-guided projects and enjoy Work Based Learning placements with these companies.

A high proportion of your time will be spent in our state-of-the art laboratory facilities, equipped with industry-standard and research quality instrumentation. Here, you will acquire the necessary laboratory and practical skills to supplement your scientific and technical knowledge.

At Thornton Science Park, you will acquire transferable skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills. Coupled with familiarity with scientific instrumentation, understanding of the laws that govern the physical world and competency in applied mathematics, these will be of constant benefit as you aspire to develop your future career.

Thornton Science Park

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park just outside Chester. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the campus continues the legacy of innovation in science and engineering in the North West.

The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities. There are up-to-date computer facilities featuring fully licensed engineering, design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, a dedicated Games Zone and the on-site Sutton library.

Outside of lectures and practical sessions, you can make use of a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. A free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

Thornton is a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site, so students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.

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Events in October and November for Undergraduate study.


Natural Sciences

Open Days 2018

Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it's really like to study at the University of Chester.

Chester Dates

  • Saturday 28th October
  • Saturday 13th October
  • Saturday 27th October

Warrington Dates

  • Saturday 20th October

Shrewsbury Dates

  • Saturday 20th October
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