MSci (Hons) Physics

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Learning Resources
Assessments & Feedback
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Reviews

Anonymous

Excellent lectures in the main with interesting course content. The lab sessions are varied and well taught with lots of exciting equipment and experiments. There is a lot to cover so the work load is very high sometimes meaning that the enjoyment of each module is lost a bit. However, this seems normal for a physic degree. Gorgeous campus and lots of achademic and pastoral support. Most of the assessment is exam based apart from lab work which is assessed based on your lab book, presentation skills, -and reports. Problem sheets are also done weekly in the first two years.

Anonymous

The variety of modules available is really great overall, but doesn't always work out amazingly between semesters - this year I had to take 50 credits worth of lectures in Winter and just 20 in Spring, which was a bit annoying.Labs are run really well with great support, though once you reach 4th year projects, they are extremely dependent on the supervisor that you receive for them.The welfare tutor isn't very approachable, but head of years are great and most individual lecturers are too - particularly when it's a problem relevant to them!Feedback is normally good, but sometimes takes a very long time... the internal deadline is 4 weeks and it regularly takes longer.

Anonymous

It's a very challenging course with lots of contact hours, predominantly exam assessed but there are also some lab modules that are continually assessed. The labs are generally interesting, pushing your knowledge beyond what is taught in lectures and giving you the opportunity to use complex (and expensive!) equipment. The lectures are also interesting on the whole, there's a large range of modules to choose from in later years so you can study more of the topics you find most interesting.As I mentioned previously, the course is very challenging, but it's also very interesting. You learn a lot in every module and I'd definitely recommend it.

Anonymous

The course is tough and there are a lot of contact hours, but the material is generally really interesting and mostly well taught. There's a lot of choice in later year modules so you can specialise in whatever area you're interested in. Almost all of the assessment is based on exams, with the exception of lab modules. I really enjoy the course, but it's very hard work.

Anonymous

Loved the last three years at University of Birmingham. Loads of contact hours and lab time doing physics, and though a couple of lecturers are pretty pants, most of them are pretty good (sometimes they're even funny)!

Anonymous

The degree seems to be well structured, covering quantum mechanics, optics and waves and classical mechanics in the first term, followed by electromagnetism and thermodynamics in the second, with a continuous maths course throughout.The teaching is generally good, although some parts are not overly well explained - it is required to do work outside of lectures to fully understand the topics (shouldn't be at uni unless prepared to do this!). There's a weekly set of problem sheets in first year, which are challenging at times, but ensure you're thinking along the right lines for the problems.

Anonymous

The physics degree at Birmingham has a great range of module options available, giving oportunity to study a wide range of areas of physics. The teaching is of a high quality and the staff are approachable and knowledgeable. Notes for lectures are available online, along with extra resorces such as questions, links to additional reading, videos and often recordings of the lectures. I feel my opinion as a student is taken notice of and the student rep system of communication between staff and students is really good. The work is assessed in a variety of ways (continuous assessment of labs, group work, presentation, essays, exams) and the feedback is fair and thorough. I feel this degree has prepared me well for future study in physics and has inspired me to stay on and do a PhD.

Anonymous

The overall organisation of the degree course is very good. Help is available whenever it is needed and the teaching is generally insightful and complete. There is a wide range of modules that can be selected and they are offer an interesting look at many fields of physics. Assessment is predominantly exam based and this is beneficial for my personal learning style, however some of the modules, especially in the first years, contain assessed problems as well as an examinations. Overall, I am enjoying my degree.

Anonymous

Very interesting and engaging degree program. Although sometimes problem sheets can be very stressful as they can take an extremely long time to complete, and when physics and maths problems are both due in the same week it's difficult to find time to do much else. Also near the end of terms when many longer work pieces also have deadlines such as lab reports it's difficult to fit these around the problem sheets which must be handed in a rigid time each week.

Anonymous

The physics department at UOB is absolutely fantastic, the stuff are very engaging and always willing to talk and help out with problems. This creates an atmosphere in which learning is fun and not stressful. For anyone looking to follow up their degree with research, the department has a huge involvement in many research projects such as ALICE, ATLAS, Kepler, LIGO and many more.

Anonymous

Excellent degree taught by lecturers at the forefront of world class research. The equipment and facilities available are very good. The majority of lecturers are very good at conveying information and making the lectures engaging. The material covered is very complex but that is expected. Weekly assessments allow you to be focusing on all subjects at all times. The university has a great campus, overall it is a great pleasure to do this course.

Anonymous

Course covers basic groundwork of Physics but also covers more specific topics not previously learnt in A-level. Interesting but essential topics taught.

Anonymous

I'm first year. The teaching is generally great (if you have ilya you're lucky he's brilliant, if you have nicola wilkin I feel sorry for you I'm sure she's a nice person but she really cannot teach- so far she's the only lecturer who sucks) Every week you have to do a physics problem sheet and generally theyre okay, they start off easy and they focus on what you learnt in lectures that week. Every other week you get a maths problem sheet, pretty similar to the physics one except the questions are on maths. As well as lectures you have tutorials and maths examples classes (which are basically like maths classes, you get unassessed problems to do and there are demonstrators to ask if you get stuck) and labs (which in general are enjoyable) and computing (which surprisingly I really enjoy, at the moment we're doing c++) For all modules I think the problem sheets you get every week make up 20% of the final grade, and an exam makes up the rest, there is very little coursework. I think this is great, I generally prefer exams and Im very happy that we only have to write one essay and one lab report a term. course structure is great