Chemical Physics


Programme structure


Years 1 and 2

Initially you will study chemistry, physics and mathematics. In the following year you will study chemistry and physics.

Years 3, 4 and 5

If you progress to Honours (years three and four) you will study:

  • in physics: a range of courses including quantum mechanics, thermal physics, solid state physics, waves and diffraction, electromagnetism, nuclear and particle physics, and atomic systems.
  • in chemistry: various aspects of physical and inorganic chemistry including catalysis, solid state chemistry, coordination chemistry, quantum mechanics and symmetry, spectroscopy, thermodynamics and diffraction.

You will gain an in-depth knowledge of chemistry, physics, mathematics and computing, and will be able to tackle most problems in chemistry and physics. In the final year, you will work closely with a member of staff on a research project.

You can take Chemical Physics as an MSci degree which may include an additional placement year. This is normally spent doing research in industry or some other organisation such as a research institute or industrial laboratory. Placements are usually in the UK, but can also be taken overseas. They happen between third year and the final year of the degree.