Current Courses

Physics Courses, Assessment and Degree Structure

In each academic year, your physics courses add up to a total of 120 ‘credits’. Each of the following is a 20-credit course, unless otherwise stated.

Students on Physics with Acoustics take all Acoustics Options. Students on Pure and Applied Physics take Pure and Applied Mathematics options at level 4.

For all programmes it is possible to take a placement year following successful completion of level 5. Students on MPhys Physics with Studies in North America spend level 6 at our partner institution – University of Toledo, USA – pursuing an equivalent year of academic study.

Click on any course title below to find detailed information on syllabus, texts and full module specification (including assessment information).

module lecturers

Physics Foundation Year (level 3)

  Semesters 1 & 2
foundation physics a 50142
[ mechanics.matter.waves ]
foundation physics b 50143
[ electricity.fields.atoms ]
foundation physics laboratory 50158
[ design.analysis.experiments ]
foundation IT and study skills 50159
[ careers.skills.exercises ]

  Semester 1
engineering methodology S0.1 20750
[ formulae.functions.solutions ]
  Semester 2
engineering methodology S0.2 20751
[ differentiation.integration.matrices ]

Physics First Year (level 4)

 Semesters 1 & 2
fundamentals of physics a 31144
dynamics.relativity.nuclear  ]
fundamentals of physics b 31145
thermal.waves.quanta  ]
fundamentals of physics c 40708
[ electronics.electromagnetism.optics  ]
frontiers of physics and entrepreneurial skills 31146
frontiers.employers.skills  ]

 Semester 1 
mathematics 39013
 Semester 2
mathematics and computing 33172
[ theory.analysis.simulation ]

Within  BSc pure and applied physics, the above two Mathematics modules are replaced by:  pure and applied maths for physics 31141  and  pure and applied maths and computing 31143.

Physics Second Year (level 5)

 Semesters 1 & 2
physics laboratory 33099
computing laboratory 39734†
classical and quantum waves 33096
mathematical methods and applications 33098
properties of matter 33101
physics of the universe 33100††

††  or  principles of acoustics 17786  or  foreign language

† From 17/18,   digital signal processing 39014  replaces  computing laboratory 39734  for Physics with Acoustics students.

Physics BSc Third Year (level 6)

 Semesters 1 & 2
nuclear and particle physics 34052
maxwells equations and wave optics 34051
quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids 34054
project BSc 13748  (40 credits)†
photonics and nanotechnology 34053††

††   or Physics options:   theoretical physics 34047  or  foreign language
or Acoustics option:  psychoacoustics and musical acoustics 35530

† From 18/19,   speech and signal processing 35527  and  third year short project physics 25819  replace  project BSc 13748  for Physics with Acoustics students.

Physics MPhys Third Year (level 6)

 Semesters 1 & 2
nuclear and particle physics 34052
maxwells equations and wave optics 34051
quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules and solids 34054
third year short project physics 25819
theoretical physics 34047†
photonics and nanotechnology 34053††

††  or Physics option:  foreign language
or Acoustics option:   psychoacoustics and musical acoustics 35530

† From 18/19,   speech and signal processing 35527 replaces  theoretical physics 34047  for Physics with Acoustics students.

Physics MPhys Fourth Year (level 7)

 Semesters 1 & 2
research project 34049  (60 credits)

 Semester 1
advanced quantum mechanics 34048  (30 credits)


Degree Classification

i)  BSc.  The class of degree awarded for BSc is calculated with a weighting of 75% from final year results and 25% from results of the previous year. While students are required to achieve all the necessary credits of their course, the 3-year BSc degree class is calculated using individual year results from the best 100 (of 120) credits.
ii) MPhys. The class of degree awarded for MPhys degree is calculated using the best 100 (of 120) credits from levels 5 and 6 and all 120 credits from level 7 with a weighting of 50% from level 7 year, 35% from level 6 and 15% from 5.

Programme Specifications.  Further information is listed within the programme specifications for:
BSc (Hons) physics with foundation year programme,
BSc (Hons) physics programmes,
BSc (Hons) pure and applied physics programme, and
MPhys physics programmes.