What will I learn?
This course aims to teach you to think both as a physicist (empirically – does your theory fit the data?) and as a mathematician (abstractly, generally and logically – can you prove that every claim you make is true?). Mathematicians and physicists often address similar problems – weather prediction, how to construct a consistent quantum theory, how to model instabilities – but use different approaches. The course will help you to master both.
You will be jointly taught by the Institute of Mathematics and Department of Physics, both of which have a reputation for excellence.
How will I learn?
You will learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, tutorials and informal interaction with other students. In your first two years, you will have weekly tutorials with an academic member of staff in groups of up to five students. In the final year, you will spend a substantial proportion of your time on a project.
On the Mathematics and Physics joint honours course, you will attend between 15 and 18 lectures a week, and spend around 2 hours per week on practical work (mainly computing plus a third-year skills laboratory). For each 1–hour lecture, you should expect to put in a further 1-2 hours of private study.
How will I be assessed?
Most lecture modules are assessed by 15% coursework and 85% final examinations or by 100% exam, with almost all exams taken in the third term. Essays and projects, such as the final-year project, are assessed by coursework and an oral presentation.
What opportunities are there for work experience or to study abroad?
All students can apply for research vacation projects - small research projects supervised by a member of academic staff. BSc students can register for the Intercalated Year Scheme, which involves spending a year in scientific employment or UK industry between their second and final year.
We support student mobility through study abroad programmes. BSc students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities. The Department's Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.
A level: A*AA, to include A* in Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and A in Physics.
For students not taking Further Mathematics, the typical offer is Mathematics (A*), Physics (A*), third A level (A).
International Baccalaureate: 38 points, to include grade 7 in Higher Level Mathematics and grade 6 in Higher Level Physics
Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and Mathematics and Physics A levels or equivalent.
General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.
Open Days Applicants who receive an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day, held between November and March. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.
What modules could I study?
Your first two years combine physics theory modules (about 40%), core mathematics modules (about 50%) and programming/skills (about 10%). The core mathematics modules concentrate on analysis (calculus done with proofs), applied mathematics (mainly differential equations) and linear algebra. The physics theory modules cover the central principles of quantum and classical mechanics, electricity and magnetism, relativity, thermal physics and waves.
Warwick is strong in research in a number of branches of mathematics and physics, which are likely to be of most interest to joint degree students. There are later year options on the theory of complex systems, the weather, the modelling of biological systems and theoretical physics. In your final year you will work alongside a team of academics on a research project.
*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Where could my degree take me?
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: HSBC, BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, NHS, IBM.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Clinical Scientist Trainee, Research Scientist, Financial Analyst, Data Analyst. Others have progressed into postgraduate study.
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A level: A*AA, to include A* in
Mathematics, A in Further Mathematics and A in Physics.
For students not taking A Level Further Mathematics, the typical offer is A* in Mathematics, A* in Physics and A in any third subject at A Level
IB: 38 points, to include Grade 7 in Higher Level Mathematics and Grade 6 in Higher Level Physics.
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.
For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.
This information is applicable for 2018 entry.