Part of the natural sciences group, physics aims to understand how the world around us behaves, through the study of matter, energy, space and time.
This is one of the oldest scientific disciplines, and those who choose this subject will be following in the footsteps of such scientific greats as Albert Einstein, Galileo Galilei, and Sir Isaac Newton.
As well as covering the works of such major historical figures, a physics degree will introduce students to the most pressing and/or controversial current issues in the field.
Broad topics of study could include electricity and magnetism, relativity, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, fluid dynamics and geophysics. There may also be the opportunity to take modules in related subjects, such as astronomy, mathematics, geology and electronics.
In addition, you should get an overview of how physics relates to contemporary issues, such as global warming, and to various industries, such as medicine, communications and engineering.