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Films and research projects boost popularity of physics

01/04/2015 Joanna
More youngsters are choosing to study physics due to the popularity of blockbuster films such as Gravity and interest in large-scale research projects.

According to the Institute of Physics, the number of UK students applying to study for a degree in physics had risen by 40 per cent over four years, while there has been a three per cent growth in the number wishing to take A-level physics from 2012-13, the Independent reports.

As well as films and TV shows, youngsters' interest is being piqued by machines such as the Large Hadron Collider at Cern and the Mars Rover.

Oxford University has seen applications for its physics undergraduate degree rise by a third over five years, while undergraduate applications for physics and astronomy at the University of Manchester rose by 37 per cent between 2008 and 2014.

Johanna Kieniewicz, from the Institute of Physics, said: "The cultural profile of physics has grown enormously in recent years, as can be seen through the popularity of films such as Interstellar and The Theory of Everything."

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