## 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.

See also an overview of the different types of Physics Degrees.

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

### 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 **

foundation mathematics 1 52551

[ *algebra.geometry.vectors* ]

** Semester 2**

foundation mathematics 2 52552

[ *calculus.complex.numbers* ]

† introduction to probability and statistics 52785 replaces foundation physics laboratory 50158 for (Financial) Mathematics with Foundation Year students

### 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

[ *electricity.electronics.electromagnetism* ]

frontiers of physics and entrepreneurial skills 31146

[ *frontiers.employers.skills* ]

** Semester 1 **

mathematics 39013

[ *foundation.to.calculus* ]

** Semester 2**

mathematics and computing 31140

[ *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

† 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 options: computer simulation in acoustics 52851

† speech and musical acoustics 50994 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 options: computer simulation in acoustics 52851

† speech and musical acoustics 50994 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)

** Semester 2**

thin films and materials characterisation 34050 (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.