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Find the mathematics or physics course for you

Take your mathematics and physics skills to the next level on courses designed to open doors to ambitious careers

What can you do with a Maths or Physics degree?

Physicists observe natural phenomena – the way matter and energy interact – and create laws to explain them. They explore physical matter on every scale, from stars to sub-atomic particles, and energy in all its forms. They're behind the technology of the future, and at the forefront in solving global issues, such as climate change.

Mathematicians are equally vital to keeping the ever-complex modern world moving. Maths underpins the safety and efficiency of our transport and infrastructure. It helps us to analyse and find solutions to society's most-pressing issues, from climate change to crime prevention. In fact, almost every facet of the world relies on the the use and study of numbers, patterns and algorithms.

Our Mathematics and Physics degrees cover fundamental concepts of mathematics such as calculus, linear algebra, statistics, fundamental physics, quantum technologies, materials research, particle physics, cosmology and astrophysics.

Graduates with a maths or physics degree are sought-after in many industries – including transport, financial services, research and communications – and our past students have gone on to graduate jobs in areas such as finance, software engineering, investment analysis, data science, nanotechnology, and research science. 

5 reasons to study Mathematics or Physics with us

  • Access advanced mathematical and statistical software including Mathematica, MAPLE, MATLAB, and industry standard statistical and operational research software.
  • For physics courses, you'll use technologies including Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry (VSM).
  • Use LabVIEW software – the same software CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) use to run the Large Hadron Collider particle accelerator.
  • You could do a paid placement year after your second year to get experience in industry or commerce. Companies where you could do your placement include Airbus, BAE Systems, Disney, QinetiQ, IBM, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and a number of major banks.
  • Our Physics research was ranked in the top 10 nationally for quality of research outputs in the Government-backed Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014.

The variety of topics available and the wealth of knowledge and experience the Mathematics lecturers brought to the course was great - and the sense of community made my time at Portsmouth really special.

Philippa Cooke, BSc (Hons) Mathematics

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