Physics with Education, at Aberystwyth University, course is an interdisciplinary programme combining the expertise and ingenuity of two departments.
The degree will introduce you to the broad spectrum of Physics, what is arguably the most important of the natural sciences, alongside essential theories and concepts of Education. While you study you will gain a range of transferable skills and you will be prepared theoretically and practically for a postgraduate PGCE. You will be able to able to apply for PGCE teacher training courses at either Primary or Secondary level. Also, as long as you meet the entry requirements, you will be guaranteed an interview for PGCE at Aberystwyth.
Our Physics lecturers are also researchers working at the cutting edge of their respective fields, from material physics to planetary and space physics, so you can be confident that you will be informed by the latest specialist knowledge along with advanced theoretical, modelling, and instrumentation techniques. Our researchers are involved in the current European Space Agency ExoMars 2020 Project.
This is a fascinating and commercially important field of research. Throughout this degree you will be introduced to: classic and modern physics, the basic principles of gravitational and electrostatic fields, stars, planets, algebra and calculus, quantum mechanics, optics, space plasmas, electromagnetism, ionospheres and magnetospheres. Students wishing to study through the medium of Welsh may do so with our Welsh medium modules. Further details regarding Welsh-medium study are available from the department. Our students learn through lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practicals, individual and group-based project work. We assess our students through coursework, presentations, lab reports, lab diaries and examinations. You will be assigned a personal tutor, who can help with any difficulties you might have with the degree or with university life.
Employability is embedded across all our teaching and ethics. We instil these skills in our students: research and data analysis, problem-solving, creative thinking, independent working, time management, organisation, self-motivation, communication and teamworking. The ability to discuss concepts with peers, accommodate different viewpoints, meet deadlines and communicate ideas in a clear, concise manner in both written and oral form are highly desirable skills in industry. You are encouraged to contact the University's Careers Service in relation to work experience opportunities. YES (Year in Employment Scheme) and GO Wales are administered by the Career Service which works with local businesses to create paid work placements for students. This helps you gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV.
The skills you will learn are highly pertinent to employers. Typical careers include: medical physicist, radiation protection practitioner, research scientist, systems developer, product development, technical publishing, meteorologist and education, of course. In addition, you will acquire transferable skills, such as problem-solving abilities, needed for success in a wider range of careers.
Aberystwyth University is ranked **top 5 in the UK and best in Wales** for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017) and where 95% of students were in employment or further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE, 2017). This course will allow students for a clear progression to postgraduate PGCE.