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 currently on Physics with Acoustics take all Acoustics Options. Students currently on Pure and Applied Physics follow the BSc Physics programme at levels 5 and 6.

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). Course titles have their Course Reference Numbers (CRN’s) in brackets.

Reading Lists  (see also individual course pages below, in the first instance)

2021/2022 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
Foundation Mathematics 1  (52551)
[ algebra.geometry.vectors ]
  Semester 2
Foundation Mathematics 2 (52552)
[ calculus.complex.numbers ]

Introduction to Probability and Statistics replaces Foundation Physics Laboratory for Mathematics with Foundation Year students

Physics First Year (level 4)

  Semesters 1 & 2
Mechanics, Relativity and Quantum Physics (59402)
Electricity, Magnetism and Light (59403)
Physics Laboratory 1 (59407)
Physics in Context (59406)
Modelling of Physical Systems (59404)
Mathematics (59405)

Electronic Engineering students only:
Semester 1 

Mathematics 39013  (39013)  [ foundation.to.calculus ]
Semester 2
Mathematics and Computing  (31140) [ theory.analysis.simulation ]

Physics Second Year (level 5)

  Semester 1
Electromagnetism (59408)
Thermal Physics (59410)
Physics Laboratory 2 (59409) ††

  Semester 2
Quantum Physics (59411)
Waves and Optics (59412)
Group Project (59413) †

†  or  Principles of Acoustics or  Foreign Language  (S1 & S2) or  Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

Physics with Acoustics students:
†† Principles of Acoustics and
Digital Signal Processing (S1 & S2)

Physics BSc Third Year (level 6)

  Semesters 1 & 2
Nuclear and Particle Physics (34052)
Maxwell’s 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 and
Speech and Musical Acoustics, where  Third Year Short Project Physics  (25819) replaces Project BSc  (13748) † for Physics with Acoustics students.

Physics MPhys Third Year (level 6)

  Semesters 1 & 2
Nuclear and Particle Physics (34052)
Maxwell’s 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 and
Speech and Musical Acoustics  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 Programme.
And, for continuing students:
BSc (Hons) Pure and Applied Physics programme, and
MPhys Physics Programmes.