University of Birmingham

Physics (International Study) BSc

  • 4 Year
  • Undergraduate, Single Honours, Study abroad year
  • Regular

Program Description

Would you like to spend one year of your degree studying physics at a foreign university? Perhaps you are interested in developing your language skills whilst studying for a degree or you see yourself working abroad in a future career. If so, our Physics (International Study) BSc programme might be for you.

 This four-year Physics (International Study) BSc degree programme provides a thorough training in physics, together with the opportunity to study at a university in another European country, or further afield such as Australia, Canada and Japan. 

The emphasis during the year abroad is on developing ability in the foreign language, if applicable, and on understanding the cultural, historical and social aspects of the host country. The combination of skills you acquire in physics and mathematics with fluency in a foreign language is attractive to potential employers.

To undertake an exchange to a non-English speaking university, BSc you must hold a GCSE (grade B or above) an appropriate language. You are required to continue with language lessons during the first two years of your studies at the University of Birmingham. See the modules section for further details.

There are many opportunities to undertake project work during your degree. For those who take laboratories this will be as part of your lab work in the first two years. A project develops a wide range of skills including planning and report writing. Group studies in your final year is a major project which is undertaken in groups of 10-20 students. The task requires the group to work as a team and enables you to solve a problem of much greater magnitude than could be attempted by an individual. The team work skills learnt here are invaluable in success in a future career. 

You will be taught by academics who are global experts in their field, you'll gain a broad understanding of the essential concepts of physics, ranging from entropy to quantum mechanics and beyond. The transferable skills you’ll also learn will make you very employable; including problem solving, computing and giving presentations.

  • Very broad range of leading research leading to a wide range of optional modules and projects.
  • High employability rate, including a high percentage who go on to do PhDs. Employability is embedded through the course.
  • Friendly and supportive environment. Year 1 and year 2 have weekly tutorials with 1 academic member of staff and no more than 4 students. Lecturers have open door policy. Elected student representatives meet weekly with staff to resolve any issues quickly.
  • Flexibility between our range of specialised courses:
    • You can swap to Physics, Physics and Astrophysics, and Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology after your first year
    • You may be able to swap between the MSci or BSc version of Physics (International Study), the decision is made at the start of the second year (subject to language qualifications or application process to an English speaking university).

Admission Description

We know that the past year has been challenging for students and are aware that various exam boards in India have now been cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. If this affects you, we would like to reassure you that we have implemented flexible arrangements and will assess your application based on your Standard X, XI and mock or predicted grades from your school.

Holders of the Indian Standard XII will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. 

  • A*AA = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
  • AAA = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
  • AAB = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards
  • ABB/BBB = 75% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and West Bengal or 80% Other State boards

Where a programme requires a specific A'level subject grade please refer to the guidance below for Indian Standard XII equivalent.

  • A* = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
  • A = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
  • B = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards

Please note:

  • For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website.
  • For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page.

 

English Language

You will need to demonstrate a certain level of English language, either through an English test such as IELTS, TOEFL or PTE, or we may be able to accept your previous or alternative qualifications as evidence. Please view the entry requirements for specific programme requirements, and details on our presessional English language courses.

Applicants with appropriate grades in Standard XII English (English Core/English Elective/Functional English in CBSE) do not require additional SELT qualifications.

 

Number of A levels required:

3

Typical offer:

A*AA / AAAA

Required subjects and grades:

A level Mathematics and A level Physics grades A*A (or AA as part of the four A level offer). GCSE Grade B in relevant language to study abroad at a non-English speaking university.

General Studies:

Accepted as 4th A level in AAAA entry criteria.

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma

7,6,6 at Higher Level, including Mathematics and Physics, with a minimum of 32 points overall. 7 must be in Mathematics or Physics.

BTEC

Only considered when combined with Mathematics and Physics qualifications.

Other qualifications are considered, please contact the admissions tutor for more information, or learn more about entry requirements.

 

 

Foundation Year

Are you a UK student and would like to study for one of our degrees but lack the entry qualifications we require? If you are not studying A Level Mathematics you can consider a Foundation Year programme which can lead to entry onto one of our courses.

 

International Students

 

We accept a range of international qualifications, please contact the admissions tutor for more information.

Standard English language requirements apply, learn more about international entry requirements.

Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages.


Other Details


  • Program Type: Undergraduate, Single Honours, Study abroad year


  • Study Type: Regular


  • Key Point: Physics


  • Category: Physics


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University of Birmingham

Program level:
4 Year
Application fee: $65.61 USD
Tuition: $32074.69 USD
Cost of Living: $11570.62 USD
Starting Date: Submission deadline Status
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