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Tuition Fees:$3,258 /year
Applications Begin:March 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:Stellenbosch
Application Deadline: 30 June 2021
Programme Overview

This programme provides training to develop well-rounded physicists with the technical and specific scientific skills required to make a unique contribution in research and development environments where physics-related problems are investigated, and who can undertake more intensive research and postgraduate studies in physics, or who can work in the teaching profession, or in tertiary education in science and technology.

This programme offers three streams of which you choose one:
– Laser Physics (Physical), Nuclear Physics, Radiation and Health Physics
– Laser Physics (Biological)
– Theoretical Physics

Streams: Laser Physics (Physical), Nuclear Physics, Radiation and Health Physics

The second and third year focus on the subjects Physics and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics and are supplemented with applicable elective modules.

Experimental physicists are required in industry and in research and development environments. As a laser physicist, you are equipped to participate in various metrological applications which use light and light-matter interactions, ranging from remote trace gas detection to diagnostic techniques in medicine, qualitative analysis and communication. Institutions such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA), Sasol, the defence industry and mining require these skills.

As a radiation physicist, you are able to work as a hospital physicist or as a radiation control official with organisations that monitor radiation risks, such as the Department of Health, nuclear power stations, and mines.

As a nuclear physicist, you can work in environments where techniques in nuclear physics are applied. Such environments include industries and institutions like Sasol, Eskom, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA), the National Nuclear Regulator (NNR), the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).

This stream aims to prepare students for postgraduate studies and careers where lasers and optics are applied, and where the application of nuclear- and radiation physics is relevant.

This stream leads to (depending on the undergraduate curriculum taken) an honours degree programme in Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics, Physical and Mathematical Analysis, or in Mathematics.

Stream: Laser Physics (Biological)

The second and third year focus on the subjects Physics and Biochemistry/Chemistry and are supplemented with applicable elective modules. Because of the rapid increase in the use of lasers in medical and biological fields, there is a worldwide need for trained physicists with expertise in optics, lasers and laser applications in the field of biology and medicine.

Lasers provide innovative solutions over a wide front benefitting humanity. In medicine, lasers are used to correct vision, heal eye disorders that may cause blindness, treat skin diseases and to do surgery.

Microscopic techniques using lasers have become commonplace in medical applications. New materials and medicines that are activated by laser light are developed.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Physics or, with applicable elective subjects, to an honours programme in Biochemistry.

Stream: Theoretical Physics

The second and third year focus on the subjects Physics and Mathematics/Applied Mathematics. This stream prepares you intensively for the research field of complex systems and for the application of quantum field theory, for instance in condensed matter physics, the physics of biological systems and particle physics.

Postgraduate study will prepare you for a professional career as a theoretical physicist.

Because this stream includes statistical physics components, it is closely related to a number of other disciplines and several of its modules have links with the broad field of information technology. Some of the techniques you will be trained in are already being applied in the biological and economic sciences and in geology.

Since the curriculum is so focused on physics and mathematics, requiring advanced computer skills, you may look forward to career opportunities in the private sector, where there is an increasing demand for the problem-solving skills that are given major attention in this stream.

This stream leads to an honours programme in Theoretical Physics and also, if applicable elective modules are taken, to an honours programme in Physics or Physical and Mathematical Analysis.

All three streams can lead to teaching as a profession

Should you wish to qualify as a high school teacher after you have obtained a BSc, you may take the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in the Faculty of Education. Your subject choice for your degree programme, however, should enable you to teach two school subjects.

Depending on your undergraduate subject combination, you could teach the following school subjects: Physical Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy.

Curriculum

Curriculum 5

Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)

Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)

Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)

Physics 114(16), 144(16)

Science in Context 178(12)

Curriculum 6

Applied Mathematics 144(16)

Chemistry 124(16), 144(16)

Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)

Physics 114(16), 144(16)

Probability Theory and Statistics 114(16)

Science in Context 178(12)

Curriculum 7

Applied Mathematics 144(16)

Computer Science 114(16), 144(16)

Mathematics 114(16), 144(16)

Physics 114(16), 144(16)

Probability Theory and Statistics 114(16)

Science in Context 178(12)

Admission Requirements

An average final mark of 65% in the National Senior Certificate or the school-leaving certificate from the Independent Examination Board (excluding Life Orientation);

– For degree programmes in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics; OR

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences when you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154, a final mark of 60% (5) for Mathematics; OR if you are planning to take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144, a final mark of 70% (6) for Mathematics;

– For degree programmes in the Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– For degree programmes in the Mathematical Sciences when you choose Chemistry and/or Physics, a final mark of 50% (4) for Physical Sciences;

– A final mark of 50% (4) for Afrikaans or English (Home Language or First Additional Language); and

– A final mark of 50% (4) for one other designated university admission subject.

HIGCSE and Namibian NSSC

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 3

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 2

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

AS-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – D

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – B

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – C

A-level

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Natural Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – E

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – D

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – E

IB HL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 4

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 3

IB SL

If you take Physics or Chemistry as university subjects: Physical Sciences OR Chemistry AND Physics – 2

If you take Mathematics 114, 144 and Physics 114, 144: Mathematics – 5

If you take Mathematics (Bio) 124 and Physics (Bio) 134, 154: Mathematics – 4

Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $6
Application Fees for International Students: $0

You can apply quickly and easily using the e-application available on the university’s website (https://web-apps.sun.ac.za/eAansoek2/alg.jsp?Tl=1)

Paper application forms are available on campus for those without internet access.

Before you apply

Make sure that you understand the University’s Admission Policy, and the admission and selection criteria of the different faculties before you apply. The policy, criteria and guidelines are available at the Undergraduate Prospective Student website at www.maties.com, or you can contact Client Service on +27 21 808 9111 or info@sun.ac.za. For postgraduate studies, please visit the Prospective Postgraduate Student website at www.sun.ac.za/pgstudies.

Closing dates for financial assistance:
31 August: Applications close for Stellenbosch University financial assistance.

Closing dates for applications
International students: Apply by 14 September of the previous year.
South African students: Apply by 31 January of the year in which you wish to study

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for this programme include:
– aerospace and defence
– education
– energy and renewable energy
– engineering
– health and medicine
– instrumentation
– manufacturing
– meteorology and climate change
– nanotechnology
– oil and gas
– science and telecommunications.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $3,258
Tuition Fees for International Students: $5,062

*South African students pay R54020 per year as tuition fees.
*Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries, as well as Rwanda and Namibia, pay R60000 without an international tuition fee

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

*Students from Africa (Non-SADC) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R23940
*Students from the rest of the World (outside of Africa) pay R60000 plus international tuition fees of R50700

MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (SADC) – R60000
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Africa) – R83940
MINIMUM COMPULSORY INITIAL FEE PAYABLE BEFORE REGISTRATION (Rest of the World) – R110700

Relevant Contact

 
Prof. Kristian Müller-Nedebock
Executive Head
 
Mrs Wilma Wagener
Academic Coordinator